It’s no secret that Rose Byrne loves fashion, and the fashion biz loves her back – international labels clamour to dress her both on and off the red carpet. So it’s endearing that the brand she’s chosen to lend her name to was, just like her, born and creatively cultivated in Oz.
“I loved dressing up when I was little and playing games. I had an incredibly vivid imagination.”
“I’d say I’ve always been a creative spirit,” she adds in her famously mesmerising voice, when asked about her childhood and choice of creative career. “I don’t know if there was a formative moment that made me want to be an actress but probably a series of moments that led up to it. Realising that I could do something I loved so much as a job was a real revelation to me.”
As part of her new campaign for accessories-centric brand OROTON – coined Spring/Summer 2016 An Artful Life – the pared back actor answered questions about the moment she knew she wanted to be an actor, her take on Australian fashion and her favourite places to visit when she’s back in her home city.
Hear it from Rose herself in this video clip:
How would you sum up Sydney versus New York summer feels? Australian summer is the sounds of the cricket and the lawnmower and going to the beach. NYC summer is more like less people on the streets, steam rising from the footpath and very strange smells getting sun baked.
You live in New York and work in Los Angeles. Is there anywhere you can recommend we get a decent flat white in either spot? Best place in NYC for coffee is Abraco on 7th Street, corner of 1st Avenue in the East Village. I have taken many a coffee snob there and they’ve loved it. In LA, Alfred’s on Little Melrose Avenue is very good.
You’re a Balmain [Sydney] girl. What are your favourite things to do in your home suburb when you’re back? Beautiful Birchgrove Oval is so pretty and by the water. I love Manjits Indian Restaurant. I grew up going there with my whole family.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR other MUST-VISIT SYDNEY SPOTS WHEN YOU’RE HOME? The botanical gardens, Waverley Pools, the Waverley Cemetery and Bowling Club, Parsley Bay and Bills for breakfast – and lunch. [More below]
You’ve always been a big fan of Australian fashion. can you explain why? I love supporting the Australian fashion industry, it’s been a joy and I find the designers, whether they are the people from OROTON or other designers I’ve been lucky to meet are very collaborative and really open. Australian’s have a real sense of curiosity and wonder and openness about them which is a very cultural specificity that I love and cherish.
What was the mood like on set for this OROTON SS16 shoot? The set was very relaxed; there was an easy vibe, very collaborative and fun. Michelle Jank who styled the shoot is an old friend, so I am thrilled she is on board. The house was so cool, very modern and unique New York space.