I’ve always loved acting, even when I was little. I was actually incredibly painfully shy when I was growing up and even though it was always my secret dream to be acting I hid that away for a very long time. There is definitely a misconception from people that actors are quite outgoing, and love being the center of attention. I think there are a lot of us who don’t want that. It’s about exploring human beings and their relationships. I find it fascinating. It constantly surprises and excites me.
How did you first break into the industry?
My first big break definitely came when I was cast as Brooke in Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead. I think it was one of those moments in life where everything changed for me. It was my dream really, getting the opportunity to play such a strong, take no bullshit, action character was a bit of a revelation for me. Before that I had no idea how much I loved stunts, fight scenes and action…. I discovered that that was the kind of role that came very naturally to me. Which was a shock! Especially as I am so much the opposite in real life. I’m more sensitive and soft I think. It’s so much more interesting to play someone out of your comfort zone.
What do you bring to the film set?
I think I bring hard work, professionalism and a sense of fun and play. I love being on set and working. It’s my happy place. There is nothing more fulfilling than being able to do what you enjoy most in life. Every second is a joy. And maybe that sounds really lame and corny, but even when it’s cold and you are exhausted and have been shooting outside in winter wearing little to no clothing, and running around doing stunts over and over again… they are still the best moments of my life. I just feel really lucky to be there and I appreciate it. I never take it for granted.
Your most insane day at work?
God… my most insane day was probably when we were shooting Rendel earlier this year in Scandinavia. We were filming up in the north of Finland in a little town called Kajaani. It’s about 6 hours north of Helsinki and although it was only April, it was actually snowing most days! So it was absolutely freezing, and we were shooting in the middle of the night, outside in this creepy logging corridor in the yard of a huge factory, and I swear I could barely feel my face most of the time. And on top of that I had gotten sick, so was on all these crazy Finnish cold and flu meds, which made me slightly delirious and fuzzy and I had no idea where I was or what I was doing half the time. I was definitely napping in between takes within this huge Hummer we had on set. As soon as they called action my brain would snap on and I’d go through everything on autopilot. But honestly if you asked me what I did, I wouldn’t be able to tell you. Jesse, the Director, was still happy at least so it must have been alright. It was a loooooong night though.
Most interesting person you’ve ever met?
I actually don’t have just one. I find everyone fascinating. I love meeting new people and finding out about their lives and what makes them tick. They’re all so complex and inspiring. I think I actually pry too much and ask too many questions! But I can’t help it.
Have you any hidden talents?
I can say the alphabet backwards in under 10 seconds, and I can cross all of my fingers…… that’s talent right?
Ultimate dream role?
Bond Girl. Without a doubt. It’s almost embarrassing to say…. It’s such a wildly ridiculous fantasy. They were my favourite films growing up. I think I would die happy if I ever got that chance.
Person you’d like to meet?
Meryl Streep. It’s probably the answer all actresses would say. She is a miracle and a goddess. I would just love to sit there, watch her work and try to learn and absorb as much as I could. To be in the presence of such greatness would blow my mind and be a dream come true.
I have a few projects in the works at the moment. I’ve been getting more inspired to work behind the scenes lately. I want to create and produce my own stories so I’m really wanting to concentrate on that. I want to tell stories about women, for women and by women. It’s important for me that we have a voice in this industry, and so all the women out there have films that they can relate to, and identify with. But that being said I also still love all the action roles. I have Rendel coming out in 2017, and also the Aussie sci-fi Science Fiction Volume 1: The Osiris Child will be released early next year. And I’m also attached to several other genre films shooting over the coming months, but you will have to wait and see 😉
Any pearls of wisdom for upcoming talent?
Go for it. Never give up. We only have one life, we have to follow our dreams and passions. Life is about doing what makes you happy. There is no other point and so go and conquer the world.