The Leggy, but Stern, Hunter
Hunter is no doubt the star of the show, set to launch later this month. With irresistible legs and a delicate charm, we get to know the workings of a star on the rise in this, the fourth in our series of interviews with the performers of this new production.
Summer is on its way out and a beautiful, fresh breeze is blowing through the city, but in the hotel room where Hunter holds court the windows are all shut tight and the air conditioning is turned up to the nines. No sooner have I entered when a publicist scurries in to remind me of everything that is off-limits — Hunter’s relationships, both past and (rumoured) present; the infamous falling out with the original director of the latest hit play; the well-documented but never confirmed childhood issues growing up on the wrong side of the tracks.
Hunter enters, wrapped in a cashmere scarf fashioned into a shawl (I ask if it’s Bemboka to the response ‘of course, what else?’), and settles opposite. I ask if the air conditioning is too cold, but am assured it’s fine.
‘These legs,’ he says, pulling aside the shawl as though I mightn't be aware of what are amongst the most famous legs working in the industry today. ‘They struggle to put on weight. Which has probably been excellent for my career, but it means my temperature is always lopsided. My top, however, is always comfortable, especially when I’m wearing leather, which is my absolute favourite.’
Hunter is indeed wearing leather right now,a luscious tan that makes you want to touch, stroke, and nestle. He’s comforting to be around, despite his seriousness — or perhaps because of it. He’s like a favourite family member, an uncle or a grandfather, who you always look forward to seeing. Full of stories, but of the interesting, deep kind. Very unlikely to make you laugh until you cry, but someone you want to sit with, or, in Hunter’s case, in, and listen to all night long.
‘I was immediately drawn to the script because of its relationship to renewal,’ Hunter says, transitioning back to the purpose of the interview with the skill of someone with years of experience. ‘Not in the story itself, necessarily, but in the origins of the narrative. As I’m sure you know, my shell is recycled e-waste, so the fact that the play recycles and repurposes a scene from David Lynch’s Lost Highway, and then follows it through with a whole new meaning, resonated with me deeply.’
In all of my interviews, in all of my years, I’ve never been quite as surprised by a subject as I was by Hunter. Despite all that has been written previously, I was not prepared for such a stark contrast to the character I saw on stage in this production. A vibrant, visceral performance from someone so studied in real life. But one thing I left the interview knowing is that I wanted more — more time with Hunter, more conversation, more stories. I could quite happily inhabit Hunter for many years to come.
Read more in this series of interviews:
Drool Worthy Dollop
Obelisk, the Alternative Rock
Lotus Seed Pod, Flirty yet Crisp
Acrobatic Me Too, the Temptress
The Little Bit Coltish Sticks and Stones