“I re­ally want a fam­ily hol­i­day… just maybe with­out the kids”

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Front Page - 1% is in cin­e­mas na­tion­ally from Thurs­day.

We can all agree, I think, that there is some­thing pretty darn ex­cit­ing about plan­ning the sum­mer mer fam­ily va­ca­tion.

The world is your ur oys­ter. You can get some great reat deals on­line on flights nowa­days owa­days or even try to get the kids ex­cited about hit­ting the open pen road and re­liv­ing the car r trips we all took as kids.

We spent last week­end eek­end dream­ing as a fam­ily, ily, search­ing on­line for or op­tions and hav­ing meet­ings ngs with the kids about what t Gris­wold-style ad­ven­ture en­ture may lie ahead for us s all.

But some­thing changes once they go to bed d and I stop look­ing through ugh rose-coloured glasses ses with the great In­sta­gram fil­ter of va­cays gone by.

I have fright­en­ing ng flash­backs.

The re­al­ity of trav­el­ling avel­ling with more than one e child is… the hell of ac­tu­ally leav­ing the house with them.

I re­mem­ber so much, I wake at night scream­ing g from the post-parental trav­el­ling lling trauma.

I have stood at Im­mi­gra­tion mmi­gra­tion try­ing to get my fam­ily into to South-east Asia with my daugh­ter in a Baby­b­jörn on my chest, scream­ing at the of­fi­cial at 11.30 at night. It re­ally was touch or go for a while there as to whether he would let us all in. There was the de­ligh de­light­ful time I caught my son’s vom vomit at 35,000 feet in a bowl of food I was wa eat­ing at the time and had to apol apol­o­gise pro­fusely to the lovely st staff as I handed it, full to the brim, back to them, as I s silently prayed for no turb tur­bu­lence. Also... it was th their last meal. How great are car trips in the sum­mer, when yo your baby son doesn’t w want to be in the c car any­more and de de­cides to make a brea break for it on the h high­way to Grand Grandad’s house by open­ing open the back door? (The (Th twins love to tam­per with w the child locks be­cause bec they are ba­si­cally crim­i­nal mas­term mas­ter­minds.) Or th the time not long ago whe when my kids pinched my phone while I was driv­ing to the air­port and started press­ing all the butto but­tons. I had no idea unt un­til emer­gency ser­vices came through the speak­ers. The kids scream­ing in the back­ground didn’t help my case in ex­plain­ing to them that “all was OK”.

Most re­cently there was dar­ling Betty, who started to speak early in life, but speak RE­ALLY LOUDLY. She went through a phase last Christ­mas when we were shop­ping in a very busy mall in Mel­bourne, and she wasn’t get­ting her way. Her catch­phrase was, “Help! Help me! Put me DOWN,” like I had just kid­napped her. And, of course, I was very sweaty – be­cause it was sum­mer – so I looked guilty as all get-out.

I could go on about hospi­tal vis­its we’ve made in far­away lands for mat­ters of hand and foot and mouth. Or gas­tro by the bistro. But we have all been there, right?

Still, I re­ally need a hol­i­day and travel broad­ens the minds of chil­dren.

I just won­der if we can do it sep­a­rately.

(Apolo­gies if you were eat­ing brunch while read­ing this.) David co-hosts To­day Ex­tra, 9am week­days, on the Nine Net­work.

In­ter­view by SASKIA TILLERS

You re­cently dropped your sur­name, Ker­shaw. Why? The weird thing is, it’s not just in the last few years. When I started mod­el­ling at 15, I liked the look and sound and feel of Abbey Lee. So on all my mod­el­ling cards, I’ve never had Ker­shaw printed. One press per­son finds out my last name and prints it and it gets all con­fus­ing but what­ever, it’s just a name. In 2008 you fainted on the run­way at the Alexan­der Mcqueen show in Paris due to fa­tigue and an un­bear­ably tight corset. You’ve spo­ken about the poor treat­ment of mod­els – what words of wis­dom would you now of­fer your younger self? I didn’t stand up for my­self enough when I should have. It’s a very tricky in­dus­try and there’s not a lot of pro­tec­tion for young mod­els. So if you don’t know how to pro­tect your­self, you can find your­self in sit­u­a­tions where it would be nice to have some­body who’s got your back. Some­times when you’re at an elite level, say­ing no or speak­ing out can be scary. And I’m some­one who pushes my­self. You kicked off your act­ing ca­reer with 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road. What was that like? That movie changed the course of my life in a re­ally huge way. I didn’t feel like I was in some strange sit­u­a­tion that I didn’t de­serve to be in or cope with; I felt I’d landed where I was sup­posed to. I’m also not the type of per­son who gets starstruck. So to me, that whole process was about hav­ing to learn and adapt re­ally quickly. I was ab­sorb­ing ev­ery­thing I could at a very rapid rate. You be­came close friends with ac­tor Ri­ley Keough [grand­daugh­ter of Elvis and Priscilla Pres­ley] on set. Since then, you’ve fronted a Vogue cover to­gether and were later ru­moured to be a brides­maid at her wed­ding [in 2015]. She’s like my sis­ter now. We have a lot of fun; we have a stupid re­la­tion­ship where we can be silly with each other. Liv­ing in the desert for six months, there was lit­er­ally noth­ing else around, so we all sort of re­ally needed each other. Me, Ri­ley, Zoë [Kravitz], Rosie [Hunt­ing­ton-white­ley], Ni­cholas [Hoult] – we were a tight unit. We spent ev­ery wak­ing minute with each other. In your new film 1%, you play Ka­t­rina, the vin­dic­tive, op­por­tunis­tic girl­friend of a bikie gang mem­ber. Is it fun to play the bad girl? I seem to draw those types of roles; I’m not sure what that says about me! I don’t know if I find it more fun, but I do like play­ing those char­ac­ters. You have to tap into a part of your­self that maybe is un­com­fort­able. It’s a part of why I like do­ing this job. In 2013, a photo of you lift­ing your dress at the Met Gala to re­veal you had ‘Gun Con­trol’ writ­ten on your stom­ach went vi­ral. Do you feel even more strongly about the is­sue now? Very much. It’s al­ways been a prob­lem, but I think the world has gone mad a lit­tle bit and mad­men shouldn’t have guns. All of the dis­cus­sions and de­bates and the crap that I hear… It just seems so sim­ple; if we take away the guns, we take away a lot of the prob­lem. It’s in­sane there’s even an ar­gu­ment. What would you write on your stom­ach if you did it again? Prob­a­bly ‘Equal Pay’. I’ve gone from be­ing in a world where the av­er­age fe­male model gets paid more than a man to an in­dus­try where I get paid less purely for the fact that I don’t have a c*ck. I was blind to it for so long be­cause it didn’t af­fect me. But now I’ve done the re­search and it makes me so an­gry.

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