Local stage actress-director, Beatrice Chia-Richmond

What is your current state of mind?
My mind is at present trying to de-adrenalize and calm down after months of being in a fevered frenzied state while working on Cabaret. Most times it behaves like a schizophrenic gear stick, moving from fifth gear to first gear with absolutely no warning.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be many things: A doctor, Madonna, Fonzie from Happy Days, a photo-journalist, part of Bananarama, John Taylor’s girlfriend, editor of Vogue, Martin Scorsese and the Goddess of Mercy.
What is your biggest achievement?
Being able to finish a golf game without swearing!
What inspires you?
Many things: Kindness. Courage. People who have a great attitude to life. Watching Tiger Woods play. Great architecture in Rome, the Duomo in Milan, Ang Lee films, Martin Scorsese films, Mozart, Kanye West, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Damien Hirst.
Do you have a cause or do you support one?
I support WMD—Women Who Make a Difference. It is a group that works against acts of violence and abuse towards women and children.
Which living person do you admire most and would like to invite for dinner?
WAGS—the wives and girlfriends of footballers. I don’t admire them but I would really like to have them over for dinner and listen to their conversations. I’m sure it will be riveting!
What are you reading?
The Lonely Planet’s Guide to Kenya. I’m going there next month. British Vogue—my toilet reading, and Harry Potter—just got to Order of the Phoenix.
How do you spend your Sunday mornings?
Trying to wake up to accompany my husband Mark Richmond onto the golf course. I usually pray for a thunderstorm.
What is your idea of hell?
Stuck on a low-budget, badly-written, poorly-cast and appallingly-directed TV drama/sitcom on location shooting. Been there a few times and I never want to go back. I would rather clean toilet bowls in Kowloon.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Making my husband skip work to come home and play with me. Massages. Prada.
How do you recharge?
Yoga. Traveling to far, far away places, away from everyone. Reading.
Where would you like to live?
New York and Rome.
What is your favorite item of clothing?
A pink T-shirt my husband bought me. It says “C is for Cutie!” (Laughs)
What accessory sets you apart?
None. I don’t wear accessories except for my wedding ring which is fabulous.
What about you scares others?
Nothing. I don’t scare no one.
If you had to play a character in a movie, which movie and which character?
Catwoman (Batman), Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Fonzie (Happy Days).
What did you believe at 18 that you still believe now?
That life is too short and that you should live each day as if it were your last.