Q&A… with Star News journalist Emma Xerri

Star News journalist Emma Xerri.

What do you love about working as a journalist?

I love talking to people about their stories, and getting a feel for what makes an issue so important from someone who has experienced it first hand. I think hearing from people and learning about their experiences can breathe life into any story.

If you were an animal, what animal would you be?

I’m not proud of it, but probably a cat. I really enjoy lying down and I think I have the right amount of sass to really pull it off.

What would your last meal be?

I have actually given this a lot of thought recently and I think it would be some really authentic falafel, followed by either tiramisu or apple pie.

What has been your most memorable moment so far?

There have been a few really special moments in my life so far, but one that sticks out was hearing Lorde play her song ‘Green Light’ live at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl with my sisters.

What was your favourite subject in school?

That’s probably a tie between English Literature and Media. And although I wasn’t very good at it, I also really loved Drama.

What event, past or present, would you like to witness?

Queen’s performance at Live Aid. No question.

Which five dinner guests, dead or alive would you invite to dinner?

This is an almost impossible question to answer, but as of right now it would be Heath Ledger and Jenny Slate (because I adore them), Daniel Day Lewis (to convince him to come out of retirement), Billy Joel (to serenade me on piano) and, of course, my grandma.

What are you currently listening to/watching or reading?

Currently listening to a lot of Talking Heads, especially their song ‘Crosseyed and Painless’.

If you had to compete on Masterchef, what dish would you cook?

The only thing I can cook – scrambled tofu.

Where is your dream holiday destination?

New York City to see all the Broadway shows.

What three words would your friends use to describe you?

Grandma at heart.

What would you do on your perfect ‘day off’?

Catch up on all the new releases I’ve missed in cinema.