Courtney Eaton ‘s role in Mad Max: Fury Road set her Hollywood career in motion, and the young Aussie actor hasn’t looked back since
AUSSIE NEWCOMER COURTNEY EATON IS PART OF THE A-LIST ADVENTURE IN NEW MYTHICAL FANTASY GODS OF EGYPT
Hollywood is a notoriously difficult town for a young actor to crack, so 20year-old Courtney Eaton made sure she had a couple of blockbusters under her belt before she made the move to California.
“After Mad Max, I headed first to Sydney because I was still 17-18,” says Eaton, who plays Cheedo The Fragile, one of the five brides rescued by Charlize Theron’s formidable Furiosa, in Fury Road.
“My dad wanted to keep me just a little bit closer.’’
Soon after the West Australian-born beauty unpacked her bags, she scored another plum role – in Alex Proyas’ $150 million action fantasy Gods Of Egypt, alongside Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Geoffrey Rush.
Hand-picked to play Brenton Thwaites’ love interest, the slave girl Zaya, Eaton would appear to have cornered a niche market in oppressed women.
But she says the two characters couldn’t be more different. Where Cheedo was fragile and broken, “Zaya is a very strong-willed girl who drives the action”.
Conditions on the two productions were also pretty much chalk and cheese.
“During the five-month shoot in Namibia, we pretty much lived in the postapocalyptic world of Mad
Max,” says Eaton, who left school in Year 11 to take up the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“There wasn’t much internet in the desert and everything closed at lunchtime. “It was a very small town.” Apart from a few days on location in Sydney’s Centennial Park, for the scenes inside Osiris’s temple, Gods Of
Egypt was shot almost entirely at Fox Studios.
“It was a great learning curve for me, having been on set and in the rough of it, to then do the complete opposite with sound stages and green screen,’’ says Eaton, who is dating R5 singer Ross Lynch.
“And it was great to be able to go to the beach and to go shopping.”
Eaton’s mate and Fury Road co-star Abbey Lee Kershaw also plays a key role in Gods Of
Egypt, which sees Butler’s God of Darkness take over the throne of the prosperous Egyptian empire.
But while their career paths have temporarily merged, the two women took alternative routes to get there.
“Abbey was a top international model. I didn’t really model much at all before I did Mad Max,” says Eaton, who signed up to a modelling agency at the age of 11. By the time she was old enough to work, however, she had scored the Mad Max role.
“I was still young. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. Then acting just kind of fell into my lap and now that’s all I want to do.”
Now based in LA, Eaton is searching for projects.
Should she need a second opinion, two of Eaton’s fellow screen wives are but a stone’s throw away.
“The majority of the girls I shot Mad Max with live here in LA,” she says.
“I now live a few streets over from Riley (Keough.) And two seconds away from Abbey – so we are all pretty close.”
Gods of Egypt opens today
Zaya (Courtney Eaton) and Bek (Brenton Thwaites) in
Gods of Egypt.