Ac­tor a role model

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

BE­ING un­der­es­ti­mated hasn’t been bad for Abbey Lee’s bur­geon­ing act­ing ca­reer.

“When I was walk­ing into au­di­tion rooms, peo­ple were sort of ex­pect­ing the least from me and so all I had to do was a semi- de­cent job and they were sur­prised,” the in­ter­na­tional cat­walk model turned ac­tor said. “It has worked for me so far.” The 28- year- old, who dropped her sur­name Ker­shaw from her pro­fes­sional iden­tity, has emerged on the act­ing scene as a force to be reck­oned with.

Crit­ics praised her per­for­mance along­side Char­l­ize Theron and Tom Hardy in Ge­orge Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road and her por­trayal of a Czech model in Ruben Guthrie also at­tracted pos­i­tive re­views.

“I have been fairly del­i­cate with the choices that I’ve made so far so hope­fully I keep do­ing that,” she said.

The LA- based stun­ner has just wrapped shoot­ing The Neon De­mon with Keanu Reeves and Christina Hen­dricks and will be on the big screen next year in big bud­get Alex Proyas fan­tasy flick Gods Of Egypt with Ger­ard But­ler and Ge­of­frey Rush.

Her Czech ac­cent in Ruben Guthrie, which opens in cine­mas next Thurs­day, came from years of mod­el­ling on the in­ter­na­tional cir­cuit.

“I think I picked it up pretty quickly be­cause I’ve spent the ma­jor­ity of the past 10 years work­ing with girls from all over the world and a lot of them were Scan­di­na­vian or eastern Euro­pean,” she said.

“It wasn’t new to my ears and maybe that is why it came to me sort of easily.”

Asked to de­scribe her style as an ac­tor, she said she looked up to Michelle Wil­liams.

As for mod­el­ling, Abbey Lee is only in­ter­ested in the odd job to “pay the bills”.

Pic­ture: ADAM TAY­LOR

PRAISED: Model Abbey Lee has made the tran­si­tion to act­ing, earn­ing high praise from crit­ics.

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