Megan Peta Hill is a professionally trained actor who recently starred in the revival series of X-Files opposite David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, and had a guest role in the hit television series Supernatural.
Megan was awarded Best Actor for her performance in the international award-winning short Hummingbirds in 2012 while also working as a lead cast member in the Metro Arts play, The Bully. In 2014 Megan worked on the international television drama Deadly Women and film Fell while studying at the prestigious Sydney Screen Actors Group at Fox Studios.
Megan’s film career began when she was first cast in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. While working on Australian television shows including Slide and Lightning Point Megan completed her Bachelor of Creative Arts in acting and theatre where she was awarded the Arts Deans Award upon graduating with distinction.
You most certainly have a colourful acting career, what is your most notable memory to date?
Honestly, I have been so blessed to work on some amazing projects which have provided me with opportunities and experiences I never imagined I would have. I have travelled to some of the most beautiful, remote places in the world, and worked with some incredibly gifted artists.
But if I had to pin down a single moment from my career so far it would have to be working on the X-Files revival series. It was truly inspiring to work alongside director James Wong and such acting greats as Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny and Doug Savant. They were all so generous with their time and their knowledge, and were so encouraging of me as a young actor.
What is a typical day like in the life of Megan Peta Hill?
A typical ‘Meg’ day is stupendously full! My mornings usually involve a healthy breakfast and meditation, so that I begin my day with a clear and focused mind. On days when I’m not working, I tend to frequent a local café conveniently situated inside a beautiful boutique art gallery, where I can read screenplays or actor’s autobiography’s, prepare for shoots, or rehearse for auditions.
If the sun is shining and the weather is warm, I love to go hiking and exploring around Vancouver. Spending quality time among nature is something that is very important to me.
My evenings are kept for my family and friends. I try to skype with my family back home in Australia as often as I can. Otherwise I’m visiting an art gallery or at the cinema with my friends.
What 3 things keep you going each day?
Herbal Tea, Meditation, and Music. They’re the staples of a great day!
Best advice you have ever been given?
“Just breathe”. It’s advice I was given by a wonderful director I had the privilege of working with on a film called FELL a few years ago. These simple words have made such an impact not only on my acting work, but in my personal life as well. By taking a moment to Just Breathe, I’m able to connect my mind with my body, and see things a lot clearer.
Success is …
Being completely prepared when the right opportunity presents itself.
What makes you truly happy?
That moment when I’m sitting in a darkened cinema, large size popcorn in my hands, and the opening music of a film begins. It’s my absolute favourite thing in the world. A sense of wonder and excitement floods through my body.
Popcorn! Is there any other answer?
“Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one” – Stella Adler
Who is your greatest mentor?
Cate Blanchett. She is such an inspiration and a true role model. Not only is she one of the most gifted Australia artists, she is a true pioneer for women around the world. A woman of immense talent, courage and integrity who has achieved so much, yet maintained her grace and her humor
The Empire Magazine!! It’s my guilty pleasure – I read it religiously.
How do you keep your mind, body and soul inspired?
I draw inspiration from my beautiful family and friends. They help to motivate me, keep me focused, and remind me what is truly important in life.
What is your favourite room in your house and why?
My bedroom – It’s the coziest room to snuggle up in with a great film!
Do you have a favourite travel destination/s and why?
Of all the places I have travelled to, New Zealand would have to be one of my favourites. Such picturesque countryside, and a wonderful culture.
But as an actor, I am desperate to travel to New York. To see a Broadway play in New York would be a dream come true!
Do you have any advice for our readers who are seeking helpful tips on how they can live a colourful and happy life?
Find out what you’re passionate about, whatever it is, and chase it with everything you have. That is where I have found true colour and happiness in my own life.
For more information head to http://www.meganpetahill.com