by Dov Kornits

Was there something in particular that inspired you to pursue acting? Do you have any heroes in the acting field?

“For as long as I can remember, acting has always been a part of my life. When I was younger my cousin and I would make our family sit through hours of plays and musicals we made up. I first found my love for acting in school productions, especially when I lived in Paris.

“After attending numerous acting schools, I soon found that doing film really interested me. I attend the Ali Roberts Acting Studio every Tuesday, and this is definitely the highlight of my week.

“As an Australian actor, I look up to Margot Robbie and Rose Byrne. I think they are both so amazing, they are so versatile, talented, and inspiring. I love how they bring a different energy to the different roles they play from comedic to dramatic.”

Was it difficult dreaming of being an actor in Western Australia?

“I’m really lucky to be of a generation that can use technology to send auditions all over the world. This means I can live in WA surrounded by my family and friends but have the opportunities to travel and film. From what I’ve learned from observing people in this industry, you need to be resilient, hardworking, and have a never give up attitude.

“Some people may say to you that becoming an actor is an unrealistic goal, but to overcome these opinions, I have told myself to not give in to what they say, to stay true to yourself, and the only person you need to believe in yourself is you.

“Growing up and going to the cinema was always a highlight for me, and now I’m super excited to be attending a red-carpet event and sharing this with family and friends in my hometown on the 22nd of September at Event Cinema Innaloo… it’s so surreal.”

Izabela Rose, Ella Proberts, Jayden McGinlay and Allegra Teo in The Curious Case of Dolphin Bay

Can you tell us about your character in The Curious Case of Dolphin Bay?

“Jennifer is an empathetic, kind, and bubbly character, which are a few of the many reasons I was instantly drawn to her when reading the script. I remember feeling very calm when I auditioned and that I felt very comfortable playing the role. Jennifer is the type of character who looks out for those she cares for, and one of the obstacles she has to overcome is to stand up for what she believes in.”

Were you aware of Izabela Rose before taking the role?

“When I first found out that I would be working with Izabela Rose, I watched her movie Upside Down Magic and the series Secrets of Sulphur Springs. I thought she was so talented, and I was so excited to meet her. Izabela is one of the most hard-working, kind, and down-to-earth people that I know, and working with her and everyone else in the cast was such a great experience. I know that Izabela is going to achieve so many amazing things in the future.”

Did you bond with the rest of the cast, in particular your co-stars? What did you guys get up to when the camera wasn’t rolling?

“We all got along really well, when filming wrapped it was so hard to say goodbye. I know I have found friends for life. On the weekends when we weren’t filming, we all hung out. We went on a hike, got ice cream together, and played board games. We all keep in contact and speak to each other most days, sometimes when the timing suits everyone, we do group Facetime calls too. We are all very supportive of one another, and I look forward to watching them all succeed in this industry.”

How was the location where you shot the film?

“The first scenes that we filmed were in Coolangatta. I loved Froggy Beach and the rock pools there. It was the perfect location to start filming. We filmed the house scenes in Pullenvale, which was so alluring. The house used to be an old school, and it has an amazing history. There were so many picturesque locations, it’s hard to pick a favourite. But if I had to, I would choose Tamborine Mountain. The scenery and all of the colours were beautiful. I particularly loved the scenes outside of the cave.”

What’s Christine Luby [Dive Club, This Little Love of Mine] like as a director? Did she give you any particular tips you will take away with you?

“Christine Luby was an amazing director to work with. She knew exactly what she wanted and talked through every shot with us. Christine has got such a beautiful soul and I loved working with her. She would always make sure that we got a take just for us where we were free to go off script, improvise and make creative choices. Christine taught me to trust those choices and let me explore my character every day on set.”

Can you tell us about your role in the upcoming film Pieces, directed by Martin Wilson (Great White)?

“The film takes a creative, artistic approach to telling the authentic stories of people living with mental illnesses and their carers. It is aimed to help dismantle stereotypes and encourage people to start sharing their mental health journeys. It’s a movie with challenging themes, but ultimately, it’s about the hope that having community can bring. I play a character called Violet and she is the complete opposite of Jennifer. Violet is a teenager who doesn’t know how to cope with her pain, so she projects it onto others, especially onto her mum. Throughout the film, Violet has many challenges, but she learns to embrace them and to move forward with hope.”

The Curious Case of Dolphin Bay is in cinemas September 22, 2022

Main Photo: By Andrew Ho, Stylist Luke Meakins, Hair/makeup Nadia Duca