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Five Bedroom’s Roy Joseph reveals his grandmother’s absurd advice and his guilty streaming pleasure

Welcome to Quick Q – Monday’s Media weekly Q&A series dedicated to finding out more about the personalities that matter most in the Australian media landscape.

Every week The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age asks key figures across corporate media, business, sport, federal politics, radio, television and culture to answer a series of questions about their life, careers, hobbies and news habits.

This week’s conversation is with Roy Joseph, who plays Harry in the new season of Australian comedy-drama Five Bedrooms, which is running on new streaming service Paramount+.

The cast of Five Bedrooms (left to right): Katie Robertson, Stephen Peacocke, Kat Stewart, Doris Younane and Roy Joseph.

The cast of Five Bedrooms (left to right): Katie Robertson, Stephen Peacocke, Kat Stewart, Doris Younane and Roy Joseph.Credit:Paramount+

How did you get your big break?

When I was still at drama school, I got asked to audition for a role on an ABC comedy series called ‘Back In Very Small Business’. Someone I’d met in my first year there was working for the casting agent (Nathan Lloyd) and suggested he look at me. I booked that role, and after months of radio silence, Nathan got me in again to an audition for Five Bedrooms. Here we are!

What are daily news media habits?
I’m an avid user of the news app on my phone, so I try to check that a couple times a day. I also usually listen to the podcast ‘7am’ most days.

Which living person do you most admire?
I wouldn’t say there’s any one person I admire the most, but for the sake of this I’ll say Riz Ahmed. His acting work is incredible, and I really admire the way he speaks about representation (and basically, everything else) so clearly, concisely and directly in his interviews.

Your guilty streaming pleasure?
Currently… the Gossip Girl reboot. It’s not good, but I just can’t look away.

Which phrase do you overuse?
Grow up!

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