Face of the future
Why Aussie newcomer and The Outpost star Jessica Green could be our next Margot Robbie
IT’S the end of a day’s shooting in Provo, Utah, and Aussie newcomer Jessica Green takes a seat in a makeshift saloon to reflect on how she came to be here.
Still dressed in her medievalstyle costume for her role as the “kick-ass” avenger, Talon, “who doesn’t take crap from anyone,” in new Syfy fantasy series The
Outpost, the Tasmanian-born, now Gold Coast-based former model is genuinely wide- eyed with wonder at her latest big career break.
“I’m on a rollercoaster ride,” she tells TV Guide. “I’m just so excited.”
The 25-year- old beat out a host of Hollywood aspirants for the much- coveted role, in part because of the martial arts skills she honed on the now defunct Channel 10 teen drama Lightning Point.
Defying the ‘just a pretty face’ adage, the one-time Miss Universe Australia contestant has been adding to her resumé with solid appearances in the 2016 Aussie indie horror film Red Billabong (starring Dan Ewing and Tim Pocock); last year’s Netflix docuseries Roman Empire: Reign
of Blood ( playing Cleopatra); and, most recently, in US comedy horror Ash Vs Evil Dead.
Already drawing international comparisons to Oscar-nominee Margot Robbie – who made
the leap from Neighbours to big- screen glory in The Wolf of
Wall Street, Suicide Squad and I, Tonya – Green is humbled by her opportunities, and giving it her all to make the most of it.
“I trained for a year-and-ahalf practising MMA [mixed martial arts] back home before I auditioned for the role,” she says.
“I have always been a bit of a boy. I grew up playing rugby with my brothers. I’ve always wanted to do a really physical role and fight and really get amongst it all and it’s been really fun learning all the sword techniques. That’s probably one of my favourite bits of playing Talon.”
Set in a medieval Earth-like world, humans are governed by a theocracy called the Prime Order, which commits genocide on the ‘ Black Bloods’ – a mostly human species, save for the colour of their blood and their pointy ears.
Green’s Talon, a lone survivor of this race, discovers she is endowed with supernatural abilities and vows to avenge those who have slaughtered her family.
“I love Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, and The Outpost
covers both the action and sci-fi genres. I’ve been able to incorporate some of the training I’ve done, so I can fight and kick ass, and be one of the boys,” she says. “It’s great to be playing such a strong female lead who won’t back down to a man, has a cause and is going for it.” Mirroring her own determination to succeed, she says her character “won’t let anything get in her way. I think it’s important to show the younger generation that women are powerful.” Despite her obvious physical prowess, she admits she doesn’t fancy her chances of defending herself for real, laughing: “Well, I couldn’t full- on fight [in real life] but I do love the training,” she says. Her assault on Hollywood has come with the support of her family and an LA posse of Aussies all giving showbiz a go.
“I’ve been coming to Los Angeles for the past four years of pilot season,” she says.
“The Aussie community is such an amazing and supportive group. We are here chasing the dream and making it happen. There’s a Facebook page called ‘Aussies in LA’, where everyone posts about gatherings. So you meet other Aussies doing similar things. We uplift each other. No one tries to bring you down.”
Her Lightning Point co- stars started together back in 2012 and are in each others’ corners still.
“Philippa Coulthard did the BBC series Howards End, and Lucy Fry [ Vampire Academy] who was the star of Bright with Will Smith … the three of us started together on Lightning
Point and we became best friends. Lucy got Vampire
Academy in the first few months of coming to LA, [while] Pip and I have been in the trenches going at it for a while.”
Encouraged to pack her bags and make Hollywood her permanent home, Green admits she’s hesitant.
“Everyone’s told me, ‘ You have to move to LA.’ I think I will but it’s going to be tough, because I love being home.”
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