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EXCLUSIVE: Gold Logie nominee Julia Morris reveals surprising TV opportunity that opened the floodgates for her success

''I said to my family, 'I think it’s time to ride this wave'.''

By Laura Masia
For years, Julia Morris has endeavoured to entertain Australia by any means possible.
Stand-up comedy, acting, singing and hosting, she's done it all.
And now, after more than 20 years in the industry, the 53-year-old is over the moon to be standing alongside some of Australia's most talented performers as a Gold Logie Award nominee.
"I feel that, at this advanced point in my career, it's very, very, very exciting," Julia says of her nomination. (Image: TV WEEK)
Congratulations on your nomination. How did you feel when you found out you were nominated?
I was properly shocked.
We feel like it's about time.
Yeah! Don't you reckon it's about time for everybody on television? I don't know anyone in the industry who hasn't worked super-hard for a long, long time. But it's fantastic.
Over the years when other people have been nominated, I let the mantra "Let cash be your Logie" lead the way. And there was a time when I thought a nomination wasn't going to happen for me, so I needed to seek my validation elsewhere.
I feel that, at this advanced point in my career, it's very, very, very exciting.
"I'm a woman in my 50s in television, so we pray for work." (Image: TV WEEK)
You've done all sorts in your career, but what do you think has been the most surprising turn you've taken?
I think it was Celebrity Apprentice. It was a great turning point. I was in my early 40s, living in Los Angeles at the time, chipping my way through the system.
I flew home for Celebrity Apprentice and when I realised I'd won, I said to my family, "I think it's time to ride this wave."
I didn't know if there'd be a wave, but that was that. Then that started House Husbands, Australia's Got Talent and then I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!
Speaking of I'm A Celebrity, what do you think [co-host] Dr Chris Brown would say of your nomination?
"He's my sweetiepie. I love him. There's a tremendous mutual respect for each other's work, and each other's humour. It's just been a wonderful meeting of the minds from the very start.
What would winning a Gold Logie mean to you?
It would mean another 12 months of work. I'm a woman in my 50s in television, so we pray for work.
I'm going to totally Betty White [the much-loved American actress who enjoyed a seven-decade career and worked into her 90s] that s--t and hang around the industry like a stalker beyond the deathbed.
But look, we have some pretty long-standing Australian TV legends in the crowd, so let it go where it's going to go. Even to be a part of this group, I can't believe it.
"There's a tremendous mutual respect for each other's work." (Image: Ten)
How have you grown as a person and performer?
In the past 10 years, I feel like I've lost a lot of my desperation. Now, I'm genuinely just happy to still be working.
This is the first year I haven't been thinking about when the nominations are – obviously, not for the past two years because we haven't had the Logies [because of COVID lockdowns], but that's what I would have been like.
I don't know if that's just from staying home and getting a grip on what's important. Well, this is important. It's the only celebration of our industry.
If people aren't that into it, that's fine, but I really value the Logies, because where else can we celebrate Australian television?

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