ARTS LOVER: Tara Routley has a huge passion for drama and the arts.
ARTS LOVER: Tara Routley has a huge passion for drama and the arts. Michael Doyle

Queen of drama opens up on life

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

I can remember when Alien first came out people said that Sigourney Weaver and I had lots of similarities, which is interesting. She is a little bit older than me but she is a great actress and has dark, curly hair, so I'll go with her. She's a strong woman as well.

What do you think the greatest invention has been?

I think it might be mobile phones, as much as I hate to say it, because they are a bit of a scourge socially. But you can get so much more communication happening and you can connect with people so much easier.

Do you have any lucky items, objects or traditions?

I've been wearing my beauty school dropout brooch every day since I got it in the mail and it's my good luck charm for Grease, it's very cute.

Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion?

Let's go leg warmers, how cool were leg warmers in the '80s? And they keep your ankles warm, so I think that if I saw them come back I'd go there.

What three things do you think of most each day?

At the moment it's Grease because I go to bed at night with songs in my head.

I think about my family and the kids all the time and what they're doing.

I try to think about what makes me happy, I try to keep a positive attitude and think about happy things.

What's been the best decision you've made in your life so far?

That's a hard one, but there's probably two.

My kids are fantastic and I think being a mother is a wonderful, wonderful thing, but I also love being a drama teacher. I wanted to be an actor when I left school and then I wanted to be a director. In the end my place is a drama teacher and an advocate for the arts.

If you could replace one body part with a super bionic replacement what body part and what features would the new bionic replacement have?

I think I would replace my vocal cords, I'd love to be able to sing and inspire people. That would be amazing.

What was your first car?

It was a Nissan Pulsar that was sky blue and it had an orange pinstripe.

What do you consider is the most important appliance in a house?

I think at the moment it's my microwave; when you work full-time and have a family you really rely on that microwave to feed people.

What historical period would you like to live in if you could go back in time?

Probably the Shakespearean era, if I wasn't really poor.

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