MODEL S TART TO ACT­ING CA­REER

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

IF only every ca­reer fell into place as per­fectly as has that of mod­el­turned-ac­tor Elsa Coc­querel.

The Syd­ney-based beauty has al­ready been nom­i­nated for a Lo­gie award de­spite only land­ing her first ma­jor act­ing gig last year.

Coc­querel is nom­i­nated for best sup­port­ing ac­tor for her role in Stan Orig­i­nal Wolf Creek and will go up against Went­worth’s Celia Ire­land, Rom­per Stom­per’s Jacqueline McKen­zie, A Place To Call Home’s Jenni Baird and Safe Har­bour’s Ni­cole Chamoun at next month’s cer­e­mony.

The nod came as a sur­prise for the 24-year-old model who only de­cided to fo­cus on act­ing two years ago.

“I started mod­el­ling five years ago when I was fresh out of school and that all hap­pened quickly for me,” she said.

“Af­ter three months of be­ing with a mod­el­ling agency, they wanted to send me to LA where I pretty much did every­thing but run­way mod­el­ling... (I did) ed­i­to­rial, com­mer­cial and mu­sic videos.

“But act­ing has al­ways been in my fam­ily. I started mak­ing movies in the back­yard with my brother when we were kids and I have al­ways been in love with act­ing. So re­cently I put a strong fo­cus on it and started tak­ing act­ing classes.”

And it seems she’s a nat­u­ral, with Coc­querel not only se­cur­ing the role of hitch­hiker Michelle in the Aus­tralian hor­ror film, but be­ing recog­nised by the lo­cal act­ing in­dus­try.

“I have been re­ally lucky,” she said. “Wolf Creek was my first job in Aus­tralia so I am still pinch­ing my­self. I got a mes­sage from a friend say­ing con­grat­u­la­tions on your nom­i­na­tion.

“I gen­uinely had no idea. So I jumped on­line and saw my name against th­ese other four ac­tors and for me, that’s what I am so hon­oured by the fact I am up against the other women in my cat­e­gory.”

Elsa Coc­querel has scored a Lo­gie nom­i­na­tion for her first act­ing role. Pic­ture: Danny Aarons

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