Ellenbrook Advocate - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Thomas

A FORMER El­len­brook res­i­dent has fol­lowed her dreams of be­ing an ac­tor all the way to Canada, with plans of be­ing the next Aus­tralian to make it big in the film in­dus­try.

Chantelle Naude (26) was raised in El­len­brook be­fore mov­ing to Canada three years ago on a whim to break into the in­dus­try.

She said af­ter she started to train as an ac­tor in Perth, she re­alised she would have to move away to get the roles she wanted.

“I was al­ways a pretty odd and en­er­getic kid,” she said.

“I al­ways loved mak­ing peo­ple laugh. In high school I did a few the­atre plays here and there, but I got into the act­ing com­mu­nity se­ri­ously at around 17.

“I did a bunch of train­ing with Perth Act­ing Col­leges, Ni­chol­son Academy of Screen Act­ing and some short cour­ses at WAAPA and as more and more time went by, I re­alised that as much as I loved Perth, it just wasn’t where I was meant to be if I wanted to make act­ing a ca­reer.

“I had thought about mov­ing to Syd­ney or Mel­bourne, but I fig­ured ‘why not just go big?’, so I did.”

Since then Naude has worked on Cana­dian TV se­ries In­con­ceiv­able, which has been suc­cess­ful in­ter­na­tion­ally.

She is now work­ing on an­other TV se­ries called Cin­ema Town, which she said was sim­i­lar to The Of­fice and was cur­rently in post-pro­duc­tion.

“My char­ac­ter in Cin­ema Town was Alice, an in­ap­pro­pri­ate, over-sex­u­alised char­ac­ter that is con­stantly drink­ing and finds it funny mak­ing co­work­ers sex­u­ally un­com­fort­able,” she said.

“It’s an in­cred­i­bly am­bi­tious project and I’m ex­cited to hear about the meet­ings and plans for it. I think it’s go­ing to do in­cred­i­bly well.”

Naude said she had also spent time on the set of movies 50 Shades of Grey and Alvin and the Chip­munks, and a few in­die films and mu­sic videos.

Al­though she was tak­ing on very sim­i­lar roles as the girl­next-door or the witty, sar­cas­tic best friend, she hoped to take on roles that were more se­ri­ous in the fu­ture.

“I gen­er­ally get boxed into the same roles,” she said.

“I’d love to play a re­ally gritty role; es­cort, sur­viv­ing in the woods, hor­ror or ad­dict. I just love to be chal­lenged in that realm of film.

“I’ve just fin­ished two shows with a some­what sim­i­lar char­ac­ter, so I’m hop­ing the next one is a lit­tle more out of the box.”

Naude said her fam­ily, es­pe­cially her sis­ter, were her big­gest cheer­lead­ers and she vis­ited her fam­ily in El­len­brook as much as pos­si­ble.

Chantelle Naude as Trina on the set of In­con­ceiv­able, with co-star Shawn Richards play­ing Tony.

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