TENACITY FOR ROLE PAYS OFF
The career path of model to actor is a well-trodden road but Maddison Brown chose to roll the dice on getting her break – with no guarantee she would get the gig.
“I was living in New York at the time and I was on option for a Louis Vuitton gig,” she says.
“It was that or come home to Sydney (in the hope) director Kim Farrant would possibly want to see me. After all the work I had done for the role, I felt like I owed it to myself. But there were no guarantees.”
Model-turned-actor Brown, 18, auditioned seven times for the role of Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes’ daughter in Outback thriller Strangerland, which opened last week. But her persistence paid off. “I felt like it was mine to lose at that point,” she says.
“It’s not the best way to work as an actor but when you get that far down the line, you can’t help but get attached.”
Brown had a bit part playing a young Justine Clarke in a TV movie more than a decade ago, but Strangerland was her first feature film.
Strangerland is in cinemas now
Maddison Brown and Odessa Young.