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Behind the scenes: The Governor speaks with Ms Kate Walsh in the Government House Drawing Room.

19 Aug, 2020

Conversations at Government House: Actress and producer Kate Walsh

Conversations at Government House is an ongoing series to facilitate discussion on a range of topics of community importance.

Last week, the Governor spoke with his next guest in this series – US actress and producer, Kate Walsh.

Conversation centered around Kate’s recent advocacy for Perth to have a world-class film and TV studio to capitalise on our local talent and diverse natural landscape.

Kate also spoke with the Governor about her personal experience with COVID-19, her thoughts on the ‘American Dream’ and the cultural differences and similarities between Australia and the United States.

“As things started to open up here in Perth and WA I started to look around – it’s so beautiful, it’s so pristine, and there’s such a civic love and beautiful architecture. The more I explored, the more I got out and about after the quarantine lifted, I really realised that this is an incredible city and a beautiful State.

I started to ask questions both to the people at WAAPA and Screenwest – why do people have to leave when they graduate WAAPA – why can’t kids stay here and work, why do they have to go east or international?

I got the answer that – by and large – people come here to shoot on location, but the reason why there wasn’t a proper film and TV, or competitive, film and TV industry here is because there wasn’t a studio.”

Kate Walsh

One of the Governor’s priorities is to advocate for WA as a rich and vibrant arts, cultural, educational and tourism destination. The Governor was delighted to speak with Kate about our State’s potential to host a world-class end-to-end film and TV production facility to showcase our local talent and strengths.

Kate is currently based in Perth after her holiday to Australia in March was indefinitely extended due to COVID-19.

She is best known for her roles as Dr Addison Montgomery-Shepherd in Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, Olivia Baker in 13 Reasons Why, and most recently as The Handler in The Umbrella Academy.

Conversations at Government House

The inaugural Conversations at Government House took place on Friday, 25th October 2019 in the Government House Ballroom with an arts and culture focus. The forum welcomed revered stars of the screen and stage, Mr Nicholas Hammond and Ms Robyn Nevin to discuss the significance of telling Australian stories through artistic expression, and their distinguished careers in theatre, film and television. Read more

In May 2020, the Governor sat down with Emeritus Professor Colleen Hayward AM to discuss Whadjuk place names and meanings around the Perth CBD, the journey to reconciliation and how new perspectives can be drawn from our experience with the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the conversation here

In July 2020, the Governor spoke with Ms Sharyn O’Neill, State Recovery Controller – WA Public Sector Commissioner about Western Australia’s recovery from COVID-19 including the health, economic and social impacts. Watch the conversation here.

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