Photographer: Klara Waldberg
Styling: Alexandria Reid @ FRANK Agency
Makeup: Daisy Holubowicz using Fenty Skin & Fenty Beauty
Hair: Emma Small at Stella Creative Artists using Imbue
Interview: Ines Shubshizky
Managing Editor: Jemima Marriott
Why should people watch Halo?
Halo has something for everyone. There’s a large ensemble cast with a wide range of interweaving storylines amongst brutal action. For sci-fi and gaming fans it’s a given, but those who are not familiar with Halo or even non-sci fi fans will still be able to enjoy the epic story and stunning production values.
What has been your favourite character to play so far and why?
Probably my character in Halo, Riz-028. It’s been my biggest role to date and the longest time I’ve ever spent with a character. I find her fascinating, as I do with all the Spartan supersoldiers, and it’s been so thrilling and challenging creating her. We had to do a hell of a lot of physical and military training which was an absolute ride.
What is the most important trait / characteristic for success?
Being okay with being a bit shit in the beginning (laughs). It’s a very childlike quality but I think it’s a superpower not to expect too much from yourself. When you’re hustling and working away at something, if you can just throw yourself into it and give yourself permission to be crap and learn as you go. I think that helps.
How do you hope the film industry is going in the next couple of years? What are improvements that you want to see?
I’d love to see more non-conventional leads where their difference isn’t part of the storyline or even bloody mentioned. It’s be nice when someone’s difference isn’t the punchline, or where they’re always the side-kick. It still happens a lot, it’s so boring and predictable. I’d love to see more plus size actors being the romantic lead, or as I edge closer to my 40s more roles for women in their middle age that aren’t just mothers or wifes, but maybe the dramatic lead in a dark, gritty thriller showing intense personal growth akin to Walter White.
What made you want to become an actress?
It’s a bit deep but probably to allow myself to feel emotions that I don’t let myself feel in real life.
What are you looking forward to right now?
Finishing renovating my flat. It’s a weird one though because I’ve become obsessed with interiors, and I love it – the whole excitement around doing your place up. But at the same time I just want it over and done with. I’m trying to do it as cheaply and with as many second-hand goods as possible. I am enjoying that part, scavenging for things in the darkest recesses of eBay and Facebook Marketplace.
Do you have any unusual skill or talent?
Being tremendously bad at driving. Like, I’m a very confident driver. Almost too confident. And incredibly impatient.
Which traits do you find cool in people?
The coolest traits are kindness and empathy. I also really appreciate it when someone is brutally honest. I think years ago I used to find it a bit disconcerting or hurtful, but now I just love the truth.
What is new and good?
Covid bringing about a revolution in ordering from a QR code at a pub, to get everything table delivered. I mean, the likes of Spoons were already on it pre-Pandemic but I feel like there’s really no excuse to make us go up to the bar to order anymore.
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What is new and bad?
The collective existential dread we’re all experiencing as one disaster precedes the next. Bring back 2002.
Social media – blessing or curse?
Both. I think the key is to curate your following list to memes, fail videos and animal voiceovers. Oh, and friends and family of course. Also, I’d like to see voluntary IDs introduced on social platforms where, if I’m an ID-verified account then I can limit those who follow and comment on my page to those who have also been verified by ID. So, if you don’t want to be ID’d, you don’t have to, but then you don’t get unfettered access to all and sundry. People need to stand by what they say online as they would if they were in the street, classroom or office etc, and not hide behind anonymous profiles.
What is ‘home’ to you?
Saying something, anything, to my mum for her reply to be, without fail: “do what?” so that I have to repeat myself. I’m trying to get into the habit of just grunting in the initial part, so I don’t have to exert much energy, knowing the inevitable repeat is impending, but I keep forgetting.
What does your favourite meal say about you?
It’s scrambled eggs for breakfast and it would say about me: “bitch gets through whole trays of us every week, it can’t be good for her digestive tract”.
Overdressed or underdressed?
I constantly get it wrong, both ways. I once wore beaten up Converse with holes in at a fancy forest wedding and immediately regretted it. It just didn’t cross my mind not to wear them, it was a forest!
What is the best part about spring?
The sun has got its hat on but my chronic hay fever hasn’t quite come out to play. I get to enjoy a blissful couple of months of seasonally nice weather before the sticky eyes and sneezing attacks.