In 2016, off the back of her incredible Logies Hall of Fame speech, I was lucky enough to chat with beloved Aussie actress Noni Hazlehurst about all things ageing, A Place to Call Home and her stellar career.
Australian television legend Noni Hazlehurst has been a fixture on our screens for over 40 years, and she’s set to return with season four of Foxtel’s popular period drama A Place to Call Home. Over60 spoke to Noni about what’s next for her character, Elizabeth Bligh, her future career plans, and that incredible speech at this year’s Logie Awards.
You gave a very powerful speech at this year’s Logie Awards, and it’s quite sad that you’re only the second woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. In your speech you called it a “reflection of the prevailing zeitgeist.” How do you think that zeitgeist is changing in terms of gender equality, cultural diversity?
Oh, I just don’t think it should even be a thing. Marriage equality, any kind of equality, it’s just like, why is it not there? And I think the backlash now of people digging their heels in and saying “no, we don’t want change, it’s going to ruin everything,” I just think, what are you so afraid of? What are we afraid of that we think somehow our lives are going to be compromised if other people have equality? I just don’t get that.
I’m very much in favour of putting out the message that, as human beings, we share more similarities than differences. We’re just people, struggling with our day-to-day existence on some level or other. It doesn’t matter if you’re female, black, white, brindle, old, young, you know. We need to look after each other a bit better.