5 Questions with Josh Anderson and Badaidilaga Maftuh-Flynn

Josh Anderson

Badaidilaga Maftuh-Flynn: If you could have any job other than acting, what would it be?
Josh Anderson: A bear biologist. I think bears are incredible creatures and I’d love to study and help protect bears in the wild.

If your brother was like Bryce and ended up in a Thai prison, what would be your reaction?
If my brother was stuck in a situation like Bryce, I’d do everything in my power to have a merciful sentence passed down. Capital punishment is an atrocity – but as we’ve seen in the past, there isn’t a hell of a lot we can do once a sovereign nation’s mind is made up.

If you could choose to live in any city/place in the world, where would you live?
Stockholm. What’s not to love?

If you ran into Donald Trump in an elevator, what would you do/say?
I’d take the stairs.

What do you feel is the most challenging part of being an actor in the Australian industry?
I think there are many challenging things for actors in the Australian industry, but one that springs to mind is the limited space available for independent theatre makers. There are incredible companies out there that just don’t have the rehearsal space, performance venues or financial support to be able to produce quality theatre on a regular basis. I have personally benefitted from working in the independent sector and have learnt a great deal from the artists that keep our industry interesting and alive. Support independent theatre!

Badaidilaga Maftuh-Flynn

Josh Anderson: What’s the thing that lead you to acting?
Badaidilaga Maftuh-Flynn: I was always on and off with acting as a child and originally wanted to be a scientist… it wasn’t until I was 16 that I auditioned for a program called The Bridge Project with THEATREINQ, a local theatre company in my home town of Townsville, that I fell in love with the craft. Run by artistic director Terri Brabon and actor Brendan O’Connor they showed me what it was to build a career, company and most importantly a family in this industry. They both are my biggest inspirations.

What’s something about you that surprises people?
I have lived all over Australia and spent the majority of my childhood moving and living in cars, caravans, houses, tents you name it. I have attended 9 schools including a Steiner school, was home schooled and have lived in upwards of 90 houses.

If you had one superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it?
Time travel for sure! I am a big doctor who fan… I would never change, only observe – I am a traveller at heart.

What’s the closest brush with the law you’ve had?
I remember one time I was living in Darwin, a housing commission complex in Litchfield court – very rough place. Street kids, lots of drugs and crime so police where a regular occurrence. I got into a fight with one of the other local kids who was bullying me and I ended up throwing a lemon at him and knocking him off his bike as he tried to get away. The police came and gave us both a stern warning and said if it happens again they would come back and drag us away by our hair… we were around 8.

Would you rather a face made of tongues or arms made of eyes (tongues and eyes are functional)?
Arms made of eyes! There is no way I would want to walk around with exposed tongues all over my face… Imagine if someone coughed on you – plus your range of sight would be incredible

Josh Anderson and Badaidilaga Maftuh-Flynn are appearing in Cage, by Jordan Shea, part of the Freshworks season at Old 505 Theatre.
Dates: 27 February – 3 March, 2018
Venue: Old 505 Theatre