hen she was a little girl, Lily Sullivan dreamed of one day being a tennis player. Her knee had other ideas. “Growing up off the grid, we had motorbikes, all the neighbours had horses,” she says. “It was very much sports-dominated. But I was a clumsy kid. I had a knee injury – I sliced a third of my tendon running into a piece of metal. So that stopped that.”
Sullivan, 24, laughs at the memory; in fact, she laughs a lot. Her chat with Stellar is punctuated by endearingly goofy chuckles, whirlwind half-sentences and more than a few insights into the world of acting, which almost seems to have sought her out after that injury sidelined her in Year 9. Her mother, visual artist Noni Taylor, suggested acting classes for her restless daughter; three years later, Sullivan turned up to an open audition for a movie that would be filming near her home outside Brisbane.
She won the part – and when the paperwork arrived, she tells Stellar, “I thought it was a dodgy modelling contract – but it turned out to be Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’s golden ticket. All of a sudden, I’m up the road on a film set with Toni Collette, Liev Schreiber, Anthony Lapaglia and Rebecca Gibney. It was ridiculous.”
That film, 2012’s Mental, earned Sullivan an AACTA nod and kickstarted a career that will likely explode in the new year, when a couple of projects in which she stars – TV reboots of Romper Stomper and Picnic At Hanging Rock – debut. The Romper Stomper shoot in Melbourne, where Sullivan now lives, was “kind of heavy”, she admits; in the six-episode series, she plays Petra, an anti-fascist activist battling far-right, anti-islam Australian nationalists.
““Wor Work started imitating life. But we were weren’t making another piece of art to escape into; the show wants to make us look extremism in the face,” she says. says “Everyone keeps asking why we are revisiting these iconic Australian Australi films, but we need to see how little littl progression we have made. The issue issu in the original Romper Stomper has just been manifested and sold to us differently in 2017; Picnic At Hanging Rock is all about women being silenced and forced to be something som they’re not.” On th that note, when Stellar speaks to Sulliv Sullivan, she admits she is now filli filling a brief she had not quite anticip anticipated. She is currently writing a sho short film, pursuing a heap of new projects and spending time w with her mother, who moved to Melbourne a couple of years ago af after separating from Sullivan’s fa father. “But I am also a nurse at the moment.” Asked why, sh she laughs and reveals what cle clearly sounds like a potential her hereditary quirk. “Mum just br broke her kneecap!” Romper Stomper premieres January 1, on Stan.
You probably haven’t slipped on a headband or barrette since primary school, but recent runway shows – and this celebratory time of year – might make you reconsider. “You’re never too old for a hair adornment as long as you keep it classic and chic,” says celebrity hairstylist Anthony Nader. A simple slide, tucked just behind the ear, looks both luxe and modern. “Go for muted metals and don’t hide the slide but make it a feature of your hairstyle,” suggests Nader.
When wearing a decorative comb, the more textured the hair and random the placement, the better. “Backcomb your section a fraction and brush over smooth so the comb has some grab and stays put,” explains Nader. Place a metal, embellished or velvet headband an inch or two back from the hairline, and coordinate the colour with your outfit and the occasion.
If you want to try a ribbon, Nader has a suggestion: “Wrap a thin, black silk ribbon around the base of a ponytail or the end of a slick braid.” (Longer ribbon lengths look deliberate and fashion forward.) Finally, Nader recommends keeping all accessories, from head-to-toe, in the same hard-metal colour “so you look expensive and not bric-a-brac”. If you haven’t worked up the courage to try microblading (it’s similar to tattooing) but still want to streamline your morning routine, eyebrow henna might be for you. Unlike traditional brow tints, henna is dye-free and plant-based, making it safe for sensitive skins and vegans. It also fades away – as opposed to growing out – so there’s no long-term commitment. After grooming your brows, a technician will coat them with the henna solution and leave it on for a few minutes. Brows are then wiped clean, and that’s it. The entire treatment takes under 30 minutes. Keep in mind that your arches will initially look darker than usual (which can be startling), and you will need to avoid contact with water or cleansing on the day of the service. But after a couple of days, expect natural-looking brows that require little-to-zero maintenance for up to four weeks.
GREY GOOSE RIVIERA INSTALLATIONS
THE EMERSON, SOUTH YARRA Come for the panoramic city views from the Grey Goose Riviera Rooftop at this ultra-chic Melbourne bar, stay for the good times accompanied by a bubbly and citrusy Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz.
MRS SIPPY, DOUBLE BAY Experience the glamour of the Sydney summer with a Euro twist when Grey Goose takes over the breezy Mrs Sippy courtyard with its Riviera-themed garden bar. Enjoy cool cocktails and great music.
REGATTA, ROSE BAY Overlooking Sydney Harbour from its stylish jetty bar, this is the quintessential Eastern Suburbs spot to relax and enjoy the perfect summer spritz – one of four Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz variations.
PEPE’S ON THE BEACH, NORTH WOLLONGONG This beachside bar will see its oversized deck and private cabanas transformed, Grey Goose Riviera style. Watch the sun sink into the sea with the drink of the summer.
The eighth boutique in the Art Series Hotels group has opened in the cultural melting pot of Box Hill. Just as their popular Melbourne hotspots The Blackman, The Olsen, The Cullen and The Larwill pay homage to a namesake contemporary artist, The Chen takes its design cues from Chinese/ Australian painter Zhong Chen. This buzzing hotel only marked its first anniversary a few months ago, but already QT Melbourne is upping the ante on the food front. They’ve just appointed Andrew Harmer, one of the city’s hottest culinary stars (having worked at Vue De Monde and The Point in Albert Park) as their new executive chef. Guests wanting the convenience and proximity of Crown Metropol, Promenade or Towers can now book directly and save 15 per cent off the best daily rate. The online offer, Crown Direct, has other perks too, like drink cards on arrival, in-room amenities and sneak peeks at sales; crownhotels.com.au/crowndirect.