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Tim Minchin reveals what he learned after his bad experience in Hollywood

EXCLUSIVE: Tim Minchin reveals what he learned after his bad experience in Hollywood – and why he loves working in Australia

Tim Minchin has never shied away from talking about his ‘terrible experience’ in Hollywood.

And on Monday, the comedian shared the important lesson he learnt after losing ‘a bunch of work’ in LA back in 2017.

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia at the AACTA Awards, the 45-year-old explained that he initially struggled to get over his Hollywood rejection. 

Tough times: Tim Minchin has shared the important lesson he learnt after losing ‘a bunch of work’ in Hollywood back in 2017. Pictured at the ARIA Awards in Sydney on November 25

‘I mean, I lost a bunch of work and I took about six months to get over it and I have made a lot of stuff since,’ he said.

‘I have learnt over the years, for me anyway, the way out of any funk it to art the f**k out of it, and make something and learn something about the world about yourself.’

Tim spent almost a decade in London and Los Angeles, where he achieved success by writing Broadway hit Matilda, based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name. 

Lessons: In an interview with Daily Mail Australia, the 45-year-old explained that he initially struggled to get over his Hollywood rejection but learnt, 'the way out of any funk it to art the f**k out of it'

Lessons: In an interview with Daily Mail Australia, the 45-year-old explained that he initially struggled to get over his Hollywood rejection but learnt, ‘the way out of any funk it to art the f**k out of it’

But in 2018, Tim told the Sydney Morning Herald he had ‘such a terrible experience in Hollywood’ after losing work.  

Most notably was the cancellation of his $100 million DreamWorks animation project Larrikins.

‘A couple of days ago, the animated film to which I’ve dedicated the last four years of my life was shut down by the new studio execs,’ he told the publication at the time.

'I've had such a terrible experience in Hollywood': Most notably, he said, was the cancellation of his $100 million Dreamworks animation film, 'Larrikins' in 2017

‘I’ve had such a terrible experience in Hollywood’: Most notably, he said, was the cancellation of his $100 million Dreamworks animation film, ‘Larrikins’ in 2017

The singer decided to return to his home country, where he has since had incredible success with his album Apart Together and comedy series Upright, which won the 2020 AACTA Award for Best Comedy Series.

He revealed that there was nothing quite like working in his home country. 

‘Having worked in the UK and Europe and LA, on Broadway, on stage and screen, there is no gap between them and us,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘We have the best crews in the world, the best practitioners. We just have a smaller population and a slightly harder-to-navigate geography, but the industry here is fantastic and I think its about to go bang,’ he said.

Success: The singer decided to return to his home country, where he has since had incredible success with his recent album Apart Together and comedy series Upright which won the AACTA for Best Comedy Series

Success: The singer decided to return to his home country, where he has since had incredible success with his recent album Apart Together and comedy series Upright which won the AACTA for Best Comedy Series 

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