BY THE SWORD
GOLD COAST ACTOR JESS GREEN’S FIGHTING FIT FOR NEW FANTASY SERIES
There’s something otherworldly about Jess Green, the Gold Coast girl touted as Hollywood’s next big thing.
Perhaps it’s her trademark Arctic blue eyes or her almost superhuman athletic grace. It can be no coincidence her first acting gig was playing an alien surfer and, now, she’s the lone survivor of a lost race with supernatural powers.
Jess, 25, is the star of the new American fantasy adventure series, The Outpost, which has premiered around the world on cable networks Syfy and The CW.
But she is still pinching herself that someone actually watched her audition tape.
“I’d sent so many self tapes and got hundreds of nos,” she says. “I was always a bit sceptical of it. I’d think do they really watch these tapes? But they do.”
“Self tapes” are now industry standard for first round casting calls. Actors film themselves on iPhones delivering their lines against a blank wall and email it off.
That was how Green landed the prized role of Talon, the fierce heroine on a quest for revenge, travelling to a lawless outpost at the edge of the civilised world.
So what’s a girl to do when she’s told she’s needed at the edge of the world, in Utah, to start pre-production? She brushes up on her weapons training – sticks and swords that is – and throws in a few woollies because it’s cold in Utah in January.
“I just jumped into it,” Jess says. “I didn’t really get a lot of notice but I tried to be as prepared as I could to do my own stunts. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”
It helps that Jess is no slouch in the athletic department. She attended Palm Beach Currumbin High School on a track and field scholarship and, growing up, played sport nearly every day of the week – rugby, touch footy, nippers, acrobatics and dance. She’s also pretty handy on a surf board.
“I was such a tomboy,” she laughs. “I’ve got an older brother and I was always very competitive with him. We still like to be competitive in little things. It’s made me the person who I am today.”
Jess was always “the tall girl”, the one who stood head and shoulders above everyone in the Year 7 class photo. Her mum entered Jess into a modelling competition at 13 and she won it.
Later she was a state finalist in the prestige Girlfriend Model Search where she was signed up with a bigger agency that propelled her modelling career. She has modelled for brands including Billabong, Lorna Jane and David Jones.
At 17, her agency sent her to an audition for a television series. “I thought why am I going for this?” she says. “I thought they’d put me on hold straight away.”
But the producers liked what they saw and Jess was coached four hours a day to take a lead role in Lightning Point, filmed on the Gold Coast and released internationally as Alien Surf Girls in 2012. Jess had the surfing covered but also had to master horse riding for the role.
“I thought this is what I want to do,” Jess says. “It’s the best job in the world. I get to do things I would never do. I absolutely loved it. I just fell in love with it all.”
Jess followed it up with a role in the Australian action thriller Red Billabong and had a small “blink and you miss it” role in Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, filmed on the Gold Coast.
But the role of Talon is her big break. “When the part came up, I thought this is my dream role but you try not to get your hopes up – you get so many rejections,” Jess says.
“The filming was hectic, really long days and full on, but I loved every second of it.”
Gold Coast actor Jess Green in new American adventure series The Outpost.