ANNE SOFIE MADSEN jacket; OHNE TITEL top and bikini briefs; WE WHO PREY earring; model’s own jewellery (worn throughout).
Better, faster, stronger. Abbey Lee has evolved phoenix-like from a reluctant supermodel into a respected actress. And, as with everything she does, the creative chameleon has taken the movie star role and made it her own.
“Mad Max being my first movie I just approached it with all guards down … I walked into it naked and carefree. I was very much learning.”
L.A. is … Heavy hip-hop beats in the car with a Starbucks in one hand and your manager on loudspeaker while you drive to an audition. The thing I love most about acting is … Reality means shit. The biggest difference between acting and modelling is … I have vocal chords. My favourite movie growing up was … The Little Mermaid. Back then I wanted to be … Something bigger than I could handle.
“I have always been an innately creative person no matter what I’m doing. To say they are somehow all connected wouldn’t be so crazy.”
What’s surprised you most about acting, and the industry that surrounds it? How short everyone is. Something I’ve learnt about fame is … It’s a magic trick. Home is … Where my suitcase is. Which actors do you most admire? Christian Bale and Juliette Lewis. Directors you’d love to work with? Romain Gavras. What is your life mantra? Keep pushing, keep pushing, push harder.
“When you shoot a film you spend such a long time with the same people that you really grow to feel comfortable and truly a part of something. It’s like one big creative collective.”
PHOTOGRAPHY Daniella Rech
FASHION Shibon Kennedy
MODELS Abbey Lee @ Next and Chris Gooris
HAIR Renya Xydis @ The Artist Group, Cloud Nine Ambassador using Cloud Nine
MAKEUP Tamah Krinsky @ The Wall Group
STYLIST’S ASSISTANT Trudy Nelson
PRODUCTION 3 Star Productions
CASTING Kannon Rajah
RETOUCHING Ring Studio
With thanks to Leigh Crystal and Osamu Nishimura