JW in Conversation with Esther Anderson

This week, we reached out to Australian actress, mum, and Tessa’s fellow former Home and Away star Esther Anderson…

Tessa Talks with Former Co-Star Esther

This week, we reached out to Australian actress, mum, and Tessa’s fellow former Home and Away star Esther Anderson. Despite her life in the spotlight as a successful model and her acting career leading to multiple Gold and Silver Logies nominations, Esther remains authentic, caring and down to earth.

Tessa starred alongside Esther Anderson in Home and Away.

Q: Where were you born and raised?

A: Geelong, Victoria Australia.

Q: How did where you were raised influence your healthy habits?

A: I feel so fortunate having grown up in Australia and also quite close to the surf coast. We grew up being able to play outdoors a lot and in summer we were at the beach every weekend. I definitely think growing up in Australia and having such a big “backyard”, so to speak, made it easy for me to have an active lifestyle throughout my childhood and teenage years and that has stuck with me.

Q: What is one of your daily rituals?

A: I go for an hour long walk every morning.

Q: What are you currently working on?

A: The entertainment industry is only just starting to open up since the pandemic, so I’ve been taking a break from acting work and focussing on mum work. I have a film that is scheduled to start shooting in October or November.

Q: What is one of the biggest challenges you have faced in your life career wise?

A: I think being an actor period is challenging. It’s not rocket science but it’s quite an unforgiving industry at times. I had been modelling for about 10 years before I started acting professionally and I thought that I was well equipped for rejection as there are plenty of modelling jobs you miss out on and it goes to someone else.

However, acting is an entirely different ball game. You pour your heart and soul into auditions and also give an enormous amount of your time and energy without ever getting any sort of return or even feedback in many cases. It takes real passion and dedication and self-belief to continue to follow a dream that tells you only 2% of actors are working. That’s the hardest part, knowing that you still have something creative and beautiful to offer, it just might be in the next opportunity, not this one.

Q: What are some ways you handle stress and pressure?

A: Deep breathing. I always try to take a breath before I speak if I know I’m under stress. It doesn’t always work but I try not to be reactive.

Reading. Meditation. I’m lucky I have a couple of incredible spiritual teachers in my life and sometimes just talking to one of them helps put things into perspective. Eckhart Tolle’s book “The Power of Now” has also been a great resource. I first read it many years ago and the contents of it struck such a chord in me, I’ll re-read it if I ever feel really overwhelmed and stressed out. 

Q: What is your greatest strength?

A: Patience.

Q: What is your greatest weakness?

A: Easily bored, lack of self-belief, and I’ve also been told I can be apathetic.

Q: Who inspires you?

A: My son. Now that I’m raising a child I’m more inspired than ever to be a great example for him. 

Q: What inspires you?

A: Film, television, documentaries, books, great conversation, mostly people. Actors, activists, spirituality, music, ted talks, teachers, family and love.

Q: How is sustainability a part of your life?

A: We eat mostly plant-based (with the exception of fish occasionally). Recycling, avoiding single-use plastics and turning off lights are the types of things we do daily.  

I try to invest in clothing that is high quality that I will wear for years rather than fast throwaway fashion. I literally wear my clothes to death and repair them when possible.

We have an electric car and we have just planted fruit trees and herbs in the garden and are starting a veggie patch (one positive thing from COVID!). They are small steps that will hopefully add up. I try to educate myself and create new sustainable choices when I become aware of them.

Q: What is your biggest wellness indulgence?

A: Massage! Oh, I miss getting a massage. I’m not sure when it will be safe to get a massage yet post-quarantine but I’m looking forward to that day.

Q: What are your 3 clean, non-toxic beauty must haves?

A: I love my Organic Flowers Nourishing cream from Whamisa for my face, Davroe luxe leave-in masque for my hair, and Eco Tan face tan water for a summer glow.

Q: What are your 3 wellness must haves?

A: Supplements (vitamin C, zinc, CoQ10, cod-liver oil, Tonic One), fresh fruit and veg, dark chocolate.

Q: What’s your ideal way to switch off?

A: Reading a novel or watching a great television series.

Q: What are you currently reading, watching or listening to?

A: I just finished reading Normal People by Sally Rooney, and have started The Yield by Tara June Winch.

Q: Where is your favorite place to travel?

A: Warm places close to the seaside. Greek Islands, Ibiza and The Whitsundays have been a few of my favourite holidays! I also really love London, Prague, Tokyo, Rome and Amsterdam for cities.

Q: What do you eat for breakfast in the morning?

A: I’m up early with Forest and the mornings are always busy so I usually have two breakfasts. At 7am I have muesli with berries and a coffee. At 11am I have avocado toast with quinoa and shaved almonds and a super greens drink or celery juice. On the weekends we mix it up with either beyond sausages, mushrooms, onion and avo or some allergy-friendly pancakes with flax.

To keep up with Esther, follow her on Instagram @estheranderson1.

Tessa James

Tessa James

Australian Actress & Founder of James Wellness

@tessacharis

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