The Last Word: Erika Heynatz

September 1, 2016

The Last Word: Erika Heynatz

Erika Heynatz has carved a diverse career for herself within the entertainment industry through successfully taking on varied and dynamic roles including actor, recording artist, model, emcee, brand and charity ambassador, television presenter and musical theatre performer.

Currently shooting a recurring guest role on Home & Away, Erika is also starring in the splash-hit West End stage production Singin’ in the Rain heading to QPAC’s Lyric Theatre from 22 September.

I grew up in … a lot of different places all around Australia as my dad was in the Navy. I attended 12 schools over the course of my education and even did schooling via correspondence while we lived on a boat, sailing around the Whitsundays.

The first thing I do when I wake up is … plant a kiss on the face of my son Charlie. He acts as if it’s the most exciting thing that’s ever going to happen and in an instant my day starts right.

I am at my happiest when … I’m with my boys by the ocean. They are the two key ingredients for bliss.

When I am not working I am … fantasising about what I’m going to cook next and where I’m going to source the best ingredients on the hunt and gather. Nourishing others is a great pastime.

I wish I could … bottle the feeling of joy that my job as an actress in musical theatre gives me.

My biggest fashion blunder was …  is the abuse of active wear. Who am I kidding? The chances of me getting to the gym anytime soon is zero.

Most people don’t know that I … was born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

When I was growing up I wanted to be … an illustrator. I studied graphic art and design for three years before diverting into the fashion industry and eventually the entertainment industry.

My greatest achievement is … my family. I’m still basking in the glory of baking a beautiful baby boy.

My most annoying habit is … being a bossy britches.

I laugh out loud when … I read anything by Tina Fey or Amy Poehler. Both unapologetically brilliant women, writers and comedians.

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