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.


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.


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.”


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.”


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.”