Actor a role model
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”.
PRAISED: Model Abbey Lee has made the transition to acting, earning high praise from critics.