Baker's Delight

Simon Baker, the boy from Tassie who grew up in a country town just south of Byron Bay, has come a long way since he won the Most Popular New Talent Logie for his work on E Street in 1993. The star of the hit show The Mentalist and films such as The Devil Wears Prada - and winner of TV Guide’s Sexiest Man Alive award - opens up to GQ about feeling like an impostor despite the decade of dues-paying hard slog he put in before ascending to the upper echelons of the entertainment industry. It’s a very un-American humility that’s Baker’s retained despite having been based in Hollywood for the last decade and a half. “We’re Australian,” he notes. “It’s not like we go: ‘You’re awesome!’ Aussies go: ‘You’ve done alright, but don’t get a big head.’”

Simon also shares his thoughts on everything from the importance of courtesy (“Don’t ever ignore people. If someone smiles at you, smile back”) to settling your nerves before a big speech (“Drink vodka instead of beer. Beer makes you fart”).

I saw him first in The Devel Wears Prada - I instantly like him there. Lax or lazy but sexy role. Then The Mentalist came and oh boy, was I hooked to it. I missed that only if I don't have a choice. I watch reruns. And I don't even like watching so much tv (unless it's a travel show featuring nice places and hotels - could be Toronto hotels). Travelling in your lazy boy - that's another story.

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