Australian child actress Angourie Rice may not be immediately identifiable but this 22-year-old has been making waves since she was just 12.
It was post-apocalyptic thriller These Final Hours, filmed in Perth, WA, that brought Angourie's acting abilities to the forefront after the film was selected to be screened as part of the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
TV roles followed including in The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Worst Year of My Life, Again, and Mako: Island of Secrets in 2015. But it was in the 2016 Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe action comedy The Nice Guys that Angourie really broke through.
At first she wasn't sure that she'd even get the part - she was just excited to be flown to LA for an audition - so when the call came through that she'd got the job, Angourie was shocked. "All I said was, 'Oh my goodness, oh my goodness,'" Angourie told the Sydney Morning Herald. "I was overwhelmed by what it would mean, for us as a family, and for school."
Angourie has been working solidly ever since.
In 2017, Angourie entered the Marvel universe playing Betty Brant in the film Spider-Man: Homecoming, a role which she reprised in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the web series The Daily Bugle, and Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Angourie was just 18 when she got to star with an idol of hers, Miley Cyrus, in Black Mirror.
"It was a surprise to me! I suspected they would have gotten someone with that kind of well-known music background, but I didn’t know that it was her," she told Vulture when she found out Miley would play the lead role. "I wish we did have more time to hang out with her, but it was a really quick shoot. It was only a month."
From there she was honoured with an entry in Variety's 2021 Actors To Watch list.
Big lessons from big stars
In the last two years, she has appeared with Hollywood heavyweights Kate Winslet as her daughter Siobhan in Mare of Easttown and Jennifer Garner in The Last Thing He Told Me. And she says she learned important lessons from both the talented women.
"[Kate] would ask for what she and everyone needed, in order to make the scenes smooth and as easy as they could be when we were in this really dark headspace [given the storyline]," she told Elle magazine about when they were making Mare of Easttown together.
"It was things like, 'Can we make sure there's less crew in the room? Can we make sure everyone's quiet? Can we have five minutes alone with the director?'
"It really helps the actors do their jobs to the best of their ability. It gave me the space to do what I needed to for those scenes. I really admired that, because I never want to cause trouble and I always feel awkward asking for things. [So] it was so good to see her ask for what she needed," Angourie added.
From Jennifer, she learned the importance of thinking about others on the film set. "She's so caring. What I learned from her was how important it is to make everyone feel included and like they're a really important part of the process."
In that time she has also played the younger version of Rebel Wilson's character in the film Senior Year and the lead in the coming-of-age movie Honor Society.
But being a child star meant that she missed out on a lot of the teen milestones that other kids go through. "I travelled a lot and worked throughout high school," she told FilmSpeak.
"So the longer I stayed at high school, though, the less I was there. Which, was kind of sad. My first school dance that I got to go to was in Spider-Man: Homecoming, because we... went to homecoming," she revealed. "I got to wear a cool dress, and we were in the gym with all the lights, and I thought, 'Huh, this is a school dance. I've never been to one.'"
Writing and Mean Girls
And acting isn't the only thing Angourie enjoys, she has also taken after her mum and gone into writing.
"WE WROTE A BOOK!," Angourie posted on Instagram.
"It's about love, family, Australian beaches and LA sunsets, it's based on Pride and Prejudice and it's called STUCK UP AND STUPID. And I wrote it with my mummy. And it's coming out this October."
Next up is the Tina Fey musical remake of Mean Girls.
"It's so exciting," she told Elle about playing Cady in the new film. "I'm just overjoyed to be a part of it because it’s just such a happy and joyful experience and an iconic film, a fun film, an important film for girls."
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