Court­ney Act gets LA leg-up

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Sara Fitz­patrick

La-based en­ter­tainer Shane Jenek, aka Court­ney Act, loves com­ing home to Syd­ney.

He can ref­er­ence his favourite Yel­low Pages com­mer­cial from the early 2000s and ev­ery­body un­der­stands.

“In LA I say ‘Not happy, Jan’ and peo­ple don’t have a clue what I’m talk­ing about,” Jenek said.

The Bris­bane-born performer, shoot­ing to fame as drag queen Court­ney Act in the first se­ries of Aus­tralian­idol in 2003, moved to LA six years ago to work on a gay cruise.

Fall­ing in love with the sprawl­ing Cal­i­for­nian city – un­ex­pect­edly – he stayed on and has since en­joyed an eclec­tic string of work.

He has shim­mied in cabaret, launched a wig line and struck star­dom in Ru­paul’s Dra­grace com­pe­ti­tion in 2014.

He was also one of the first drag queens to be­come an ad girl for fash­ion la­bel Amer­i­can Ap­parel in 2014 and now stars in a US po­lit­i­cal video se­ries.

Adding to his hec­tic schedule, Jenek re­turns Down Un­der for Fringe World Fes­ti­val with Court­ney Act cabaret show, The­girl­fro­moz!.

Jenek first dressed up as Court­ney Act at a 2001 New Year’s Eve party in Mel­bourne.

“I found a new way to ex­press my­self that I re­ally en­joyed; it was never a con­scious de­ci­sion to cre­ate a char­ac­ter but more a way for me to ex­press my­self that hap­pened to have a dif­fer­ent name,” he said.

High roller: Court­ney Act has had a glit­ter­ing ca­reer since land­ing in LA.

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