On the Couch with Betty Buckley

By Shane Bosher
Arts Review
February 8, 2016

Who is Betty Buckley?
Working girl, artist-singer-actress-storyteller, teacher, cowgirl.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Maybe a writer.

Who inspires you and why?
All the great spiritual teachers. Especially the Dalai Lama.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Each one of us can do the best that we can do.  Accumulatively, that makes a difference.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Big Sur, California has always been my favorite place to go and re-charge and to find inspiration.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
When friends come to my hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, I’d take them to Joe T. Garcia’s so they can experience the best Tex-Mex food in the world!

What are you currently reading?
Michael Connelly’s latest novel, The Crossing.

What are you currently listening to?
My friend Christian Jacob’s latest solo piano CD, Beautiful Jazz.

Happiness is?
A Shih Tzu puppy.

What does the future hold for you?
This summer we are reprising director Michael Wilson’s production of Grey Gardens starring Rachel York and I at The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. I’m also doing various concerts and workshops around the US, and I have just finished shooting M. Night Shyamalan’s newest film, Split – in which I am co-starring with James McAvoy. It is set for a January 2017 release.

Ms Buckley will be making her Sydney premiere as a very special guest in “Defying Gravity: The Songs of Stephen Schwartz” at the Theatre Royal on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 February 2016. For more information, visit: for details.