NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.
A stubborn eight-year-old, from the backseat of her mother’s car once said, “Mum – I’ve decided. I’m an actor.” Fast forward to seventeen years of age, with that same certainty, Olivia stood headstrong as an ox in front of the Nida audition panel and said once again, “I’m an actor.” At twenty years of age, three years into her training and much wiser, Olivia knows that she is not just an actor. She is a collaborator, a singer, a writer, a boxer, a fighter, and a performer with a passion for stunt work.
Living in a tiny town of around 4,000 people, on the coast of Scotland during her childhood, Olivia was exposed to many worlds, different people, and rich histories– igniting her desire to tell stories at a young age. As an avid reader and writer, Olivia has an affinity for words, be it fiction or truth, love or hate, she became obsessed with it all.
Olivia is the daughter of two loving parents and is a proud older sister. She knows that because of her privilege in this lifetime, it is her responsibility to tell all stories truthfully, no matter how confronting or challenging they may be. Olivia is excited to explore more of the film and tv landscape while always keeping a home in the theatre.
When asked “Why do you act?” and after giving every long winded and sentimentally crafted answer under the sun, Olivia knows there is really only one simple truth left – “…because that’s what I am, I am an actor.”