SUB­LIME SUC­CESS

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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - VICKY ROACH

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

Pic­ture: LISA TO­MASETTI

Zaya (Court­ney Ea­ton) and Bek (Bren­ton Th­waites) in

Gods of Egypt.

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