We welcome Australian actor, Rodger Corser, to the stage as our Witchery Man of September. A household name on our television screens for over a decade and best know for his roles on Home and Away, Underbelly, Spirited, Rush and Puberty Blues, Rodger is soon to be seen opposite Asher Keddie as the lead of political television series, Party Tricks. This is one talented gent, whose carefree, yet determined spirit is carried through his on-screen roles to his everyday persona. Showing us how to rock tailoring mixed with knitwear that takes you from work to sipping your whisky by night, Rodger demonstrates how it’s equally as important to bring your own cheek and swag to complete any outfit. Spring style with a side of suave – that’s our WitcheryMan September motto.
Above: Rodger wears WitcheryMan Jenson Suit Jacket , WitcheryMan Brittany Shirt
OG: Style to you is (in 5 words)…
Like beauty, it’s totally subjective.
OG: Who is your style icon?
I like a good classic look, one that stands the test of time. I like that old school Hollywood leading man vibe, where he looks equally at home in a leather jacket and jeans in a muscle car as they do in a good suit at a cocktail party. Think Paul Newman and Steve McQueen.
OG: How does the female eye influence your style choices?
Well my wife buys a lot of my clothes (not all), so I’d say it more than influences.
OG: You’re a storyteller by nature, what is it about stories that you love so much?
I think we all love stories, it’s how we all converse. It’s the way the culture of anything is passed along, regardless of merit. Whether it’s gossip, art, politics, religion, or how your team won on the weekend, it’s a story of some description.
Left: WitcheryMan Paisley Print Shirt
Right: WitcheryMan Waterfall Knit Jumper, WitcheryMan Slim Stretch Chino
OG: Can you tell us a little about your upcoming role on Party Tricks?
It’s a six part drama series to be seen later in the year on Network TEN. I play David McLeod, a media personality/businessman, who is recruited to lead the Liberal Party into the upcoming Victorian state election. This comes as quite a shock to everyone, (as he’s never held a seat in parliament), but most of all to the Labour leader and Premier of Victoria, Kate Ballard (played by Asher Keddie). Though the Premier’s shock is less to do with the unorthodox nomination and more to do with the affair she and David had some years ago. Sex, politics, scandal…what’s not to like?
OG: When you’re working, what are 3 items you can’t travel without?
My phone, ipad, and toothbrush.
OG: If you could have 4 people at a dinner party, who would they be?
Well guest number one would be my wife, so I suppose we’re down to three ring-ins. My first thought would be Paul Keating, he is cultured, has a killer dry wit and definitely has stories to tell, but after seeing the Kerry O’Brien interviews, I don’t think I could handle him referring to his 15 volumes of press clippings every two sentences…so I think he’s out. In fact let’s ban all politicians and make it a fun night. Now I like to cook, but if I can choose anyone, I might as well get someone who can pull their weight in the kitchen and make it interesting, maybe Jamie or Heston. At least one guest would have to own a good cellar, and it would be mandatory for them to bring several good bottles! Francis Ford Coppola owns a vineyard…maybe I try and talk my way into a job sometime during the second bottle, I think Sting owns one too, so we’d get wine and song from one guest, that’s value! For the last guest, maybe someone who can make us laugh and we should really even up the male to female ratio, so how about Tina Fey?…but only if she can get here early to entertain the kids while we get ready.
Photography: Trevor King @DLM / Styling: Oliver Grand