“I’ve always wanted to be an actor. There is home footage of me at 4 responding to my cousin’s question of what I wanted to be when I grew up and I quizzically replied, ‘but I’m already an actor?’” Growing up in Toowoomba, and moving to Brisbane to study acting at 16, Charlotte Chimes now calls Sydney home, but spends a large chunk of time in LA as well.
After key roles in Schapelle and Catching Milat, Charlotte latest project has seen the actress trek to Canberra for actress Denai Gracie’s directing debut, One Eight Zero, the story of a woman who must rebuild her life after a horrible accident.
“The feature is slated to shoot September 2018,” Charlotte tells us about the project. “The film is female driven. I am so thrilled to be working with Denai. I feel really lucky to be a part of bringing the vision of another talented, upcoming female director to life.”
And like Denai, does Charlotte see herself creating her own work rather than relying on others? “I think it is so important. Not only to create a platform and credibility, but to make sure your creative juices are always flowing. I am a part of a comedy group called The Darrens. We all co-write and produce all of our sketches. We have lots of filming in the works and our next lot of sketches are due to be realised in Spring. I am also currently writing my first feature script, and I am interested in approaching it in a similar vein to Mike Leigh. I’m also a big fan of Broad City and of Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. What they have achieved in their careers from taking the initiative themselves is so inspiring. I am constantly like ‘Can someone please be the Abbi to my Ilana!’
“I want to own and run a successful production company that focuses on telling women’s stories from a female perspective and giving voice to the voiceless,” Charlotte says. “My life is enriched by the women in it, which is why I’m so excited to be working with Denai, telling a strong female story from a female perspective.”