“I was backpacking around the world a bit and I stayed on one of my friends’ couches here [in L.A.] and was doing some auditions and within about a month I had booked my first role.” As Lucy Fry tells it, her journey all the way from Brisbane to Los Angeles was a surprisingly easy one. The 24-year-old actress had already made quite a name for herself in her native Australia for lead roles in Mako Mermaids and Lightning Point and while her first foray into American cinema proved fruitful with her performance in Vampire Academy (2014), from the looks of it, good times are still ahead.
Did you find it hard transitioning into U.S. films?
I was really lucky in that it flowed quite easily to me, coming here... It happened a lot faster than I had expected and it felt a little bit Cinderella-ish and I couldn’t believe it was real for a while.
Tell me about playing Lee Harvey Oswald’s Russian wife, Marina, in the Hulu miniseries 11.22.63.
I loved it. Marina is a fascinating woman... It was the most realistic and fascinating character I’ve played. It was challenging because I had to learn Russian. I spoke Russian about half the time.
Do you have any other upcoming projects?
There’s quite a lot coming up this year. In Australia, I just finished filming the series Wolf Creek and then there’s The Darkness, which is a horror film I did with the same director here in L.A. All the stuff I’ve been doing for the past two years is all being released now so it’s quite exciting.
What attracts you to a character?
I’m always attracted to the journey. For Marina Oswald, she had a lot of shadows and self-doubt and felt very alien in this new country, so it was really brilliant for me to get to have a chance to look at all of that and where that [relates] to me in my life.
Do you use your characters to grow yourself as an individual?
I think it’s just something that happens whether you want it to or not. You can’t help absorbing some of their life and their ideas and their energy.
Photographer: Adrian Mesko at De Facto Inc.
Stylist: Sean Knight for Jed Root.
Hair: Sylvia Wheeler for Atelier Management.
Makeup: Natasha Severino for Forward Artists.