×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Australian Model Abbey Lee Revs Up Acting Career in New ‘Mad Max’

Australian actress Abbey Lee won a model-search competition in 2004, and has become one of the world’s best-known fashion faces. Now, she’s broadened her horizons into acting for the upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road,” directed by George Miller.

HOLY GRAIL

Looking to fill a role in the latest sequel to his apocalyptic thriller, Miller reached out to modeling agencies after he couldn’t find an actor he liked. Lee made a tape in which she and her dad performed a Monty Python sketch. “I guess I had something George needed, because he flew me to Australia not long after,” she says.

PASSION PLAY

Lee says her move into film wasn’t planned, but now she’s discovered what she’s been missing. She credits Miller for helping her to make the transition. “I found my passion, and learned where I was meant to be in life,” she says, adding that work on “Fury Road” “was like a boxing session: sweat, tears, lactic acid and euphoria. Even when it hurts, you wanna go back for more, because it feels so good.”

AUSSIE CONNECTION

After the “Mad Max” pic, Lee will next be seen in “Gods of Egypt” from Australian helmer Alex Proyas. “Many of the crew on ‘Mad Max’ were also working on ‘Gods,’ ” Lee says. “I know they were a huge support in getting me in front of Alex.”

HOLLYWOOD-BOUND

Lee is currently shooting “Ruben Guthrie,” directed by Aussie thesp Brendan Cowell, in which she plays a Czech. “I’m working hard on that,” she says. “Then I’m making the move to Hollywood from New York City.”

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • AMC theater

    AMC Entertainment Introducing On-Demand Movie Service

    AMC Entertainment will introduce an online video store in the United States on Tuesday. Adam Aron, AMC’s president and chief executive, said that the AMC Theaters On Demand will offer about 2,000 films for sale or rent after their theatrical runs — much like Amazon or iTunes. Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Sony and Paramount have [...]

  • Scarlett Johansson poses for photographers upon

    Scarlett Johansson 'Pushing' for All-Women Marvel Movie

    After the epic battle scene in “Avengers: Endgame” depicted the female superheroes uniting to protect Spider-Man from Thanos, Marvel fans started wondering if they’ll ever see the women unite for a standalone movie. “Captain Marvel” star Brie Larson generated even more buzz when she told Variety that she and other female co-stars have approached Marvel [...]

  • Ivana Lombardi Netflix

    Annapurna Film Head Ivana Lombardi Named Director of Indies at Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)

    Annapurna Pictures president of film Ivana Lombardi is moving across town to Netflix, after almost a year in her role at Megan Ellison’s company. As of Nov. 6, Lombardi will serve as director of independent films at the streamer. She will report directly to Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s vice president of independent film and documentary features. [...]

  • Zoe Kravitz 'Big Little Lies' TV

    Zoe Kravitz to Play Catwoman in 'The Batman'

    “Big Little Lies” star Zoe Kravitz has been tapped to play Catwoman, the antiheroine and sometime love interest of the Caped Crusader, in Matt Reeves’ upcoming “The Batman.” Kravitz will star opposite Robert Pattinson as Batman. Pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics pic is expected to start this summer. No official start date has been [...]

  • Hadley Robinson Amy Poehler

    'Little Women' Actress Hadley Robinson to Star in Amy Poehler's 'Moxie'

    “Utopia” and “Little Women” actress Hadley Robinson has been tapped to star in Amy Poehler’s next directorial effort “Moxie.” Lauren Tsai is also on board to co-star in the Netflix movie. “Moxie” follows a teenage girl (Robinson) from a small town who is inspired by her mother’s Riot Girl past and starts a feminist revolution [...]

  • Samara Weaving

    'G.I. Joe' Spinoff 'Snake Eyes' Adds 'Ready or Not's' Samara Weaving

    Samara Weaving will join Henry Golding in the “G.I. Joe” spinoff, “Snake Eyes.” Haruka Abe, Ursula Corbero, Iko Uwais and Andrew Koji have also boarded the Paramount, Skydance and AllSpark movie. “The Captain” director Robert Schwentke is helming and Brian Goldner is producing. Evan Spiliotopoulos, who wrote “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Huntsman: Winter’s [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content