Q&A: World of Wearable Art headliner Jaxson Cook  

Actor, model, dancer, and musician Jaxson Cook will be one of the headline acts for the 2023 World of Wearable Art Show.

Jaxson was born to “wow.” His career began when he was just 10, making his theatre debut as Kurt Von Trapp in the London rendition of The Sound of Music. In 2016, he took on the role of the ballet dancing Billy Elliot at Auckland’s ASB Waterfront Theatre. He’s worked in both film and television, notably on Emmy-winning Rüārangi, TVNZ’s Little Apocalypse, and What We Do in the Shadows.

Last year Jaxson was a WOW model, taking to the stage in a number of weird and wonderful pieces of wearable art (including a giant banana, by ceramic artist Oliver Cain).

This year, as one of WOW’s headline acts Jaxson will be picking up the mic. Music is his main focus at the moment, with his debut single Murky Lights on Spotify. He is currently working on his first EP, which will be released later this year.

What did/do you want to be when you grow up?

I’ve always wanted to be a performer and from a young age I wanted to be a popstar! 

You just won lotto, what will you spend it on?

Vintage archival designer wear and probably a house for my parents.

What’s a skill or talent you have that people wouldn’t guess?

I can rap the entire hiphopopotamus vs. rhymenoceros song.

What are you watching, reading, or listening to at the moment? 

I’m rewatching the TV series We Are Who We Are for about the 40th time.

What is the best concert you’ve been to?

Definitely Lorde, which I went to twice and she somehow topped herself each time. That woman is my saviour!

What book is beside your bed?

My lyric book. I’m usually writing at random hours in the morning because for some reason inspiration just always needs to strike in the middle of my slumber!

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