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Young Heath Ledger

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“Doors kept opening and I just kept walking through them”

Heath Ledger Interview
By EC Gladstone

Heath Ledger is the picture of calm. Strolling into a suite at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel, the 21-year-old actor, wearing a Hawaiian shirt, jeans and sandals, looks tanned, rested, and ready. You would have no idea looking at him that he is at the center of a whirlwind. Having just flown in from the Prague set of Brian Helgeland’s A Knight’s Tale, Ledger will scale a mountain of publicity for his new film The Patriot (he costars with Mel Gibson) in LA and in New York, before returning to the four-month long film shoot, which has shut down production just so he can be here.

Ledger is being called a new Mel Gibson, and meeting him in person, it’s not hard to see why. The tall, curly blond haired Australian actor shares a steel gaze and a strong jaw with the box office star, and measures up in poise, sense of humor, and healthy attitude. Ledger is also instantly philosophic about the attention.

Considering that the interview began on a hotel room balcony (with construction workers jackhammering nearby) then continued in the midst of The Patriot’s premiere party—where we were joined by Ledger’s dad Kim—it’s amazing that we were able to manage as in-depth a conversation as we did.

Eric Gladstone: OK Heath, let’s rock and roll.  So I realized after we first spoke that I’ve seen Blackrock.

Heath Ledger: Oh did you, how did you get, how did you see it?

E: Sundance. A couple of years ago, three years ago maybe. Never came out here did it, it’s a shame… So–what’s your wrist band say?

HL: Oh it’s, uh… Guilty. Someone just gave it to me, I don’t know where they got it from.

E: You’re 21?

HL: Yeah.

E: When’s your birthday, is it coming up?

HL: No its just been, April. 12th of April.

E: Happy Birthday, belated.

HL: Thanks.

E: You told me that you’re from Perth? Born and raised there?

HL: Yeah, till about sixteen.

E: And then where?

HL: I drove from Perth to Sydney, with my best mate, Trevor.

E:  Was there anything specific that prompted you to move to Sydney?

HL: No I just wanted to experience life. It was really about exploring life. And my job was a medium for me doing that, it was an excuse to get out and just do that.  And that’s all, I just wanted to get on that train that was flying past at ninety miles an hour.

E:  Did you finish school?

HL: Well I did my final year mark at a year early and then left.

E:  How long was it in Sydney before you got a gig?

HL: Like four months.  No it was only like two months.

E:  Was it hard, were you worried, were you nervous?

HL: No because… I didn’t even worry about it.  I didn’t think that I was going to be ending up here.  I didn’t have any expectations to end up here, so nothing was really hard about it, it was just living.  I just need to eat, so I needed to work, and that was my work.

Continued in part  2

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