Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - The Buzz - By Kirstie Cle­ments

When I met Aus­tralian ac­tor Nat Kel­ley through a mu­tual friend, I ad­mit I was un­aware of just how suc­cess­ful she had be­come in LA, land­ing roles in nu­mer­ous se­ries such as The Vam­pire Di­aries and, more re­cently, star­ring as Cristal Car­ring­ton in the re­boot of Dy­nasty. I was struck not just by her smoul­der­ing Peru­vian/ar­gen­tinian beauty, but also by her gen­uine warmth and clear-eyed ap­proach to deal­ing with the pres­sures of Hol­ly­wood. An early and un­ex­pected break launched her ca­reer, but as she can­didly ad­mits, the path is never easy. “When I was in my sec­ond year of univer­sity I lucked out on an au­di­tion — they were look­ing for the lead in a US pi­lot and I hap­pened to book this role out of nowhere.that pi­lot didn’t get picked up, but it did get me my agent, my man­ager and my visa. Three months af­ter that, I booked The Fast and the Fu­ri­ous:tokyo Drift.

“But what hap­pened af­ter was a long pe­riod of not get­ting au­di­tions be­cause things had hap­pened so quickly for me. In a sense, it back­fired hav­ing suc­cess so early, and I wasn’t pre­pared or equipped for re­jec­tion. In the past 13 years I’ve lived in the States, I have cul­ti­vated an abil­ity to trans­mute the neg­a­tive ex­pe­ri­ences into pos­i­tive ones. It’s been this un­ex­pected big les­son un­der all of this. My first step is to have a lot of com­pas­sion for my­self, be kind to my­self and nur­ture my­self in order to get back on the horse.the sec­ond thing is I treat ev­ery chal­lenge as an op­por­tu­nity for growth. That’s the one thing that has en­riched my life the most, be­cause it ap­plies to ev­ery­thing in my life. It’s not just about rid­ing the suc­cesses. It’s just as im­por­tant to know how to nav­i­gate the lows. I’m not afraid to look vul­ner­a­ble. In your twen­ties, you don’t know that, be­cause you just want to project an im­age to peo­ple. I’m not afraid now of my re­al­ity and my au­then­tic­ity.”

Her abil­ity to stay buoy­ant means Nat also sees great po­ten­tial in a post-har­vey We­in­stein world. “Har­vey We­in­stein was an open se­cret. Ev­ery­one knew what kind of man he was, and he was one of many. I have felt the dis­com­fort that I’m sure ev­ery ac­tress has felt when you’re in­tro­duced to some­one like that and you have to grovel. The culture of pro­tect­ing these men who were abus­ing their power is be­ing dis­man­tled, and now we can go into meet­ings where there’s no con­fu­sion around why we’re there. If we’re at the ta­ble, it’s be­cause we’re at the ta­ble as artists, not be­cause we’re there to bar­gain with our sex­u­al­ity.the men who are still op­er­at­ing out there are aware they’re be­ing watched and their abuse of power is no longer go­ing to be tol­er­ated. The gate­keep­ers are chang­ing — it’s not so much all old white men, it’s women and mi­nori­ties now.that’s only go­ing to make for more cre­ativ­ity.this is a very ex­cit­ing time to be a young ac­tress in Hol­ly­wood, or any kind of mi­nor­ity in Hol­ly­wood.there’s no con­fu­sion as to why I’m there and what I want to bring to the ta­ble.”

Kirstie Cle­ments is a fash­ion ex­pert, au­thor and di­rec­tor of in­ti­mates store Porte-à-vie.

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