--- THE SUN-HERALD --- SEPTEMBER 5TH 2004
DARREN AUDITIONED FOR MUSICAL
An (*now confirmed) rumor suggest it may be for the lead role in "Rent".
Savage Need for Film Role
Darren Hayes may be gearing up for the release of his new solo album, but the singer has revealed his film ambitions.
Hayes has auditioned for a leading role in a film musical in London. While he won’t reveal the name of the movie, he has declared: “I wanted to get this part so badly. I’ve never been in a film before, but it is a musical I really love.”
The singer attended auditions in London alongside a host of hopeful actors, and is yet to hear whether he’s been successful. But even when he was a teenager in suburban Brisbane, he had his eye on an acting career.
“I’d won a scholarship at school to a drama course and was always in school musicals, and the choir, you know, the star performer,” he told S, with a laugh. “When I sang, people just stopped and listened. I was going to be this performer, but I had my guidance counselor talk me out of it and my family talk me out of it. They said ‘You’re too smart, you’re too intelligent. You can do that one day, but you need to be a doctor or a lawyer or whatever.’”
Needless to say, a music career won out in the end, after Hayes spent five years at university (studying journalism, then teaching). He scored a record deal with his Savage Garden bandmate, Daniel Jones, in the final semester of the Queensland University of Technology and quit the course before finishing his degree. For the record, he’s still love the piece of paper.
“I never finished, I’m still one semester away from having a bachelor of education. If they’re reading this, I’d love them to give it to me, I want my degree. I did five years of university and I have nothing to show for it,” he said.
Of course, singing remains Hayes’ greatest passion, but he hasn’t ruled out pursuing an acting career if he is awarded the film role.
The 32 year old singer will be back in Australia on Friday to promote the new material from The Tension and The Spark. He’ll visit Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
His new album is being released in Britain tomorrow, and he hopes his pop experimentation will strike a chord with British audiences.
Thanks to Rafaella at A Tribute To Darren Hayes