The pilgrimage from Sydney to Los Angeles is one filled with butterflies for any antipodean actor. As she takes our call, Australian actress Ines English has just checked her suitcase in at the international terminal and is awaiting a Boeing 787 direct to pilot season. “I definitely feel like my heart is jumping out of my chest and I don’t know why,” admits English. Part of the anxiety could be down to the number of unknowns. Every year, thousands of aspiring young things descend into Hollywood on a three-month visa where they’ll audition over and over in NoHo; a baptism of fire led by lots of different casting directors all with the same penchant for an apathetic nod. What film studios are casting for, actors won’t know until a couple of days prior. It could be a small albeit breakout role in the next big television show opposite Nicole Kidman – or a lead in a film playing the girlfriend of a rockstar. For this reason, English – whose acting credits include Picnic At Hanging Rock and Dead Lucky – is always prepared. “I usually try to get as much information on the character as possible,” she says. “I try to get my hands on the full script and will do a bit of research on the director and producer. When I have to learn lines quickly, I actually do this thing where I record the other person in the scene and leave a space in the voice recording where I’m meant to be speaking. I’m pretty much just talking to myself for hours!” While acting the part is one thing, looking the part is another.
AILEEN’S NOTES: “Ines has her own casual but cool, put-together style. Day-to-day, you’ll see her in vintage Prada pants and a purse. But coming into the cooler months, layering up big time works easily on Ines’ tall frame, so we took this season’s Polo Ralph Lauren argyle and checked wools and knits for a modern-day Annie Hall Commuter look. It’s school girl-come-tomboy”.
PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL NAUMOFF
FASHION DIRECTION AILEEN MARR
HAIR ANTHONY NADER / DLM
MAKEUP DESIREE WISE / NETWORK AGENCY
FASHION ASSISTANT PATRICK ZACZKIEWICZ
TALENT GEE GEE FERGUSON, INES ENGLISH, JESSICA RIDOLFI
WORDS JESSICA BAILEY