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Young Heath Ledger Pt 2

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Heath Ledger Interview Part 2
By EC Gladstone

EG: What are your parents’ names, what do they do?

HL: Sally and Kim.  Kim Ledger is my dad. Dad’s in the engineering industry. He designed a crusher for mine sites.  And uh, he started a engineering company called Ledger Engineering. And he’s built and raced racing cars for the last 30 years.

EG: So what was growing up like, do you have any brothers and sisters?

HL: I have three sisters, one older, two younger.  All adorable.  What was my growing up like?  Fun, I loved it, you know, had so much fun.  Perth’s an amazing city to grow up in.  Yeah, it’s so relaxing and so chilled out. Very green, very blue.  It’s like, in between freeways there’s like manicured grass. It’s really a sweet, sweet city.

EG: So, what kind of kid were you?

HL: Same as I am now, I’m still a kid. Yeah I was very active, yeah, extremely.

EG: What kind of stuff?

HL: Everything from Australian rules football to hockey, rugby, tennis, cricket.  I did cricket to get out of the cadets at school.

EG: The what?

HL: Cadets. Which is, we had a military corps at school, and they taught 16 year old kids how to fire semi-automatic weapons and throw hand grenades. I didn’t find logic in that, so I played cricket instead, to get out of it.

EG: You got out of it by playing cricket?

HL: Yeah, because it happened to be the same day that they played their matches against other schools was the day that they trained and did their, you know, line ups and stuff.  Push-ups.

EG: Were you any good at it.

HL: Cricket?  I was OK, yeah, I was alright.

EG When did you decide you wanted to act.

HL: Can’t remember deciding. I just got into it, I just started doing little plays, and stuff like that. I really enjoyed it.

EG: Like in school?

HL: Yeah schools, and little outside amateur theatre companies and stuff and, I just loved it, loved it. And I just kept doing it, it was just a hobby, and uh, I blinked my eyes and I was getting paid.  And then, I just kept having fun and still am. That’s it.  Didn’t train.

EG: Tell me about your first acting role.  Peter Pan was it?

HL: I think so.  It was, yeah, I guess so.

EG: You played Peter Pan?

HL: Yeah. [laughs]

EG:  When was it you decided that you loved acting and wanted to do it?

HL: Um, I don’t know, I can’t remember, I just loved it, I just had so much fun with it.  And then I blinked my eyes and it was like, professional, and that was it, and I just kept following it, and doors kept opening and I just kept walking through them.  That’s it.  You know.

EG: A stroke of luck.

HL: Yeah, but you create your own luck, you know.  The doors are there but you got to go through them.

Continued in part  3

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