With over two decades in showbusiness, Susie Porter has plenty of stories to tell about acting and life in the spotlight.
And the 47-year-old said on Monday that if she had the chance to give advice to her younger self, it would be to focus on positivity.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia at the Ladies in Black premiere in Sydney, she said: ‘I would say not to compare myself to others.’
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EXCLUSIVE: ‘We’re so hard on ourselves’: Speaking at the Ladies in Black premiere on Monday, Susie Porter (pictured) shared the advice she would give to herself as a young woman
The Puberty Blues star, who began her acting career in her twenties, added: ‘And be kind to yourself. We’re so hard on ourselves about our careers or who we are, what we look like.
‘Be kind to yourself and to thine own self, be true.’
For her latest project, Susie stars in the highly anticipated ’50s-inspired film Ladies in Black.
Life lessons: ‘To my younger self, I’d say not to compare myself to others,’ the Puberty Blues actress told Daily Mail Australia. Pictured on 20 March, 2001 in Sydney
Speaking about her role as the well-educated Mrs. Miles, Susie said: ‘The cast is pretty amazing… I couldn’t say no to this role!
‘I think what is great in this movie is, obviously, for a girl to go to university [at the time] was quite unusual. Women came before that didn’t have those opportunities. Some people may not have even wanted those opportunities.
‘But I know, for me, I’m very happy that because of the women who came before me, I can choose whatever life I want.’
Acceptance: ‘Be kind to yourself. We’re so hard on ourselves about our careers or who we are, what we look like,’ Susie added. Pictured left in 1999, and right in 2017
It comes after Susie revealed the highlight of her career so far was her role in prison drama, Wentworth, in which she portrays feared criminal matriarch Marie Winter.
‘What I love about this character is that I get to do what male actors have got to do for years… I get to do male things, like hold a knife on screen,’ she told The Daily Telegraph in April.
‘It’s the most exciting time I’ve ever felt to be a female in the industry,’ Susie added, noting that more older women are being represented on screen in recent years.
Strong role: It comes after Susie revealed the highlight of her career so far was her role in prison drama, Wentworth, in which she portrays feared criminal matriarch Marie Winter