A quick chat with

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At 18, Macdon­ald left sub­ur­ban Clare­ville, NSW, to pur­sue act­ing in Los An­ge­les. Now 26, she has wowed crit­ics as rap­per Pa­tri­cia Dom­browski in Geremy Jasper’s drama Patti Cake$ (in cin­e­mas now). The bud­ding star tells WHO’S Cyn­thia Wang about her warp-speed ca­reer.

Why did you de­cide to move to the US? There just wasn’t the same amount of roles or op­por­tu­nity, although I think ev­ery­where now is start­ing to rep­re­sent peo­ple of dif­fer­ent back­grounds, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, shapes and sizes rather than just this one stereo­type of a per­son we al­ways saw on­screen.

You were just a teen when you got to LA. Do you re­mem­ber your first gig?

I was able to do a short film and Rachel Weisz di­rected it. And Joel Edger­ton was in it, which was funny be­cause I was like, “Oh, I came all the way to Amer­ica and now I get to work with an Aussie I ad­mire.”

Could you rap be­fore do­ing this movie?

No, but I had a re­ally good un­der­stand­ing of who Patti was. I was def­i­nitely stressed about the rap­ping and the move­ment and try­ing to make it feel and look as au­then­tic as pos­si­ble.

The film got a stand­ing ova­tion at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val.

It’s re­ally over­whelm­ing to be stand­ing there and peo­ple clap­ping all around you. I don’t know that I even have a name for the ex­pres­sion that you feel. One of your next projects is play­ing Jennifer Anis­ton’s daugh­ter in Dumplin’. I met her and she’s a very lovely, warm and open per­son and we vibed re­ally well. It was re­ally great and I’m re­ally ex­cited to do it.

Macdon­ald plays a work­ing-class New Jersey gal in Patti Cake$.

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