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AC­TOR AND UN­ABASHED HORSE LOVER TESSA JAMES IS RACE-DAY READY IN RUF­FLES AND LACE

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - Pho­tog­ra­phy SYLVE COLLESS Styling GEMMA KEIL Words AL­LEY PAS­COE

Ac­tor Tessa James is rid­ing high in race-day ruf­fles and lace.

When Tessa James was be­ing treated for Hodgkin lym­phoma in 2014, she made a list of things to do when she re­cov­ered. One of those things was horserid­ing in By­ron Bay. “Horses are known to be re­ally heal­ing,” she says. “I took my hus­band [NRL player Nate Myles] and he is ac­tu­ally re­ally afraid of horses. I told him he had to ride with me be­cause I was not well – he loves it now.”

James, who grew up around horses in Mel­bourne, can re­mem­ber the first time she went to the races when she was in high school. “It was a huge deal. I wore a beau­ti­ful white dress with gold trim,” she re­calls. Since then, the 25-year-old has honed her track-side style.

In June this year the ac­tor wore Ellery to Royal As­cot in the UK as a guest of Longines, where she rubbed shoul­ders with Her Majesty the Queen. How does one plan an out­fit suit­able for roy­alty? “I was very pre­pared be­cause you have to abide by the As­cot

``when i go to the races i Like to push the bound­aries of my own style´´

guide­lines: dresses have to be just above the knee or longer, no midriffs, no cut-outs and my head­piece had to be a cer­tain size,” says James, whose usual rac­ing dress code is a lot more ca­sual. “I like to think out­side the box… When I go to the races, I like to push the bound­aries of my own style. I think wear­ing a suit is re­ally fun.”

While she might play with man-style tai­lor­ing as part of her rac­ing at­tire, she will not, un­der any cir­cum­stances, take her shoes off at the track. “As long as I live, I will not be that per­son,” she laughs.

Off the track, James has just fin­ished shoot­ing Aussie hor­ror film Har­mony, due out next year. She and Myles are cur­rently split­ting their time be­tween Syd­ney – where Myles plays for the Manly War­ringah Sea Ea­gles – and LA. “Hav­ing that fluid feel­ing is re­ally good. It’s such a won­der­ful thing for both Nate and me to be able to do what we love. That free­dom is ex­cit­ing,” says James.

``i will not be that per­son who takes her shoes off´´

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