Jason Donovan, 55, was born in Victoria, Australia and began his acting career at the age of nine. He joined the cast of Neighbours in 1986 and two years later, he released a duet with Kylie Minogue called “Especially for You” which reached number one on the UK charts for three weeks. In 1989, he achieved his first solo UK number one with the song “Too Many Broken Hearts”. In 1991, he starred as Joseph in the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He has also appeared in other musicals such as the Rocky Horror Show, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and Grease. Next month, he will be touring the UK with his show “Doin’ Fine 25”. He is currently married with three children and resides in London and Oxfordshire.
Can you tell me what you fear the most?
What quality do you dislike the most in other individuals?
I was raised to treat others with the same respect I would want for myself, rather than looking down on them. The individuals we encounter on our journey to success are the same individuals we may encounter on our journey down.
Describe yourself in three words
Diligent, genuine, and truthful.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
What causes you to feel unhappy?
Excessive alcohol consumption. I do not drink regularly, but I do enjoy a glass of wine. However, it is challenging for me to limit myself to just one or two. When I drink too much, I feel guilty.
What is your least favorite aspect of your appearance?
Throughout my life, I have examined myself for my job and I am content with my appearance – there is nothing I dislike.
Which actor/actress would portray you in a movie about your life?
What fears do you have about aging?
The inability to do things for myself.
Which book do you regret not having read?
I have not read through the Australian novel “Shantaram” by Gregory Roberts, although it is my own biography.
What career did you envision for yourself as a child?
I am not matured.
Which would you prefer, recognition or obscurity?
I have become familiar with fame over the past 45 years and have worked to comprehend it. As a result, I have learned how to cope with it and have found peace with it. It would be a waste of 40 years if I were to suddenly become unknown.
What was the most recent falsehood that you uttered?
I am always honest.
Have you ever uttered the phrase “I love you” insincerely?
Consistently in my company.
What are the words or phrases that you use too frequently?
What was your greatest letdown?
I was enticed by the idea of becoming a popular singer – who wouldn’t be? I believe I could have pursued more opportunities in the film industry. However, I was hesitant. How can one progress as an actor artistically if their only audience is teenage girls?
What changes would you make if you could edit your past?
Rewording: My connection to substances.
What is the nearest you have been to facing death?
Perhaps during the 1990s, but during that time I was self-absorbed and likely wouldn’t have paid attention to what was happening.
What is the most valuable lesson that life has taught you?
Maintaining a fit physique and a sound mental state is quite straightforward.
What occurs after we pass away?
I am unaware and uninterested – I will be deceased.
Can you share a funny anecdote with us?
I am not skilled at telling jokes.