WITH NONE OF HER SIX CHILDREN IN SIGHT, ACTOR MADELEINE WEST SWAPS HER LYCRA “MUM UNIFORM” FOR CRISP, CLEAN ALL-WHITE CHIC
Actor and mum-of-six Madeleine West models chic whites.
Madeleine West is staring down the barrel of the camera. “As actors, we’re always taught not to look at the camera – ‘the camera’s invisible; ignore it’ – so I can never quite get my head around the notion of a fashion shoot,” she explains.
Dressing up is a treat for the mother of six, who usually wears Lycra – not because she’s going to the gym, but for the fact it’s easier to sponge down. “Being made up is such a blessing,” says the 36-year-old, whose children are aged from 19 months to 10 years. “You never really appreciate those things until you become a mother of many.”
West also appreciates her time at work. She plays a breakfast-tv host on Network Ten’s new series, The Wrong Girl, based on Zoë Foster Blake’s bestselling novel. “Work is not work, it’s a holiday,” admits the actor.
´´when you´re a mother of many, work is not work, it´s a holiday´´
“It’s an opportunity to hang out with like-minded individuals and drink coffee while it’s hot. I can wear white and it’s [still] white at the end of the day, as opposed to being covered in tomato sauce.”
Tomato sauce aside, West believes becoming a mum has made her a better actor. She says having five daughters and a son (with chef/restaurateur Shannon Bennett) has taught her empathy and vulnerability – emotions she can bring to her characters.
Motherhood has affected her career in other ways, too. “I’ve sadly had to say no to [some work offers] because I never want to be in a position where I take on a job and end up resenting it because it’s taken me away from other things,” she says.
The working mum doesn’t subscribe to the notion of “having it all”. “It’s about knowing what you can and can’t do,” she says. “I always say the universe only gives you what you can handle.”
And whether that means wearing Lycra or designer clothes, West can definitely handle it. The Wrong Girl premieres at 8.30pm, Wednesday, September 28, on Network Ten.
´´i can wear white and it´s still white at the end of the day, not covered in tomato sauce´´