Jessica Mauboy has come a long way since Australian Idol. The Aussie singer-turned-actor is tipped for international stardom thanks to her role in The Sapphires, which has taken $9.5million at the box office to date. Kate Waterhouse caught up with the 23-year-old before Vogue Fashion's Night Out.
Congratulations on The Sapphires already being in the top 25 Australian films of all time!
It's doing really well; it's No.1 at the box office at the moment … The film really educated me; I have never had a racist comment thrown at me or anything like that so to … just get the feel of what it was like in 1958 was a massive spin-out for me.
How did you prepare for the role?
I've never been to an acting class. I think when you have stories to tell that really resonate with you - the music, the cultural background - it makes it easier.
Do you have a dream role?
Yes, certainly; one of them is doing a thriller/horror film, anything that is quite dramatic.
Would you try for an international acting career?
Oh, that's a big one. I'm currently working on my third album so music is definitely No.1 - that's how my fans see me - but if another opportunity came along I would see if it connected with me again.
How do you make time for your boyfriend?
It's quite difficult. Career-wise, I know I'm on a really great path. My boyfriend is … my best friend. It's long distance but I think that's what keeps us tight. As much as I love my family and I love my boyfriend, I really love my job, too, and for them to support me 100 per cent is what is really keeping me together right now.
Any wedding bells soon?
(Laughs) Definitely, you know, I love him so much [but] I don't think I'm ready for the ring or for the dress or anything like that. I'm not a forceful person and he is not a forceful person; we just go with the flow.
How do you keep fit?
I love to run. I could run a whole day, if I had a whole day, that is. I usually do a 30-minute run.
What do you do for fun?
You would think I was crazy but I go quad biking. When we are back home we take the bikes out, we take the horses out, we just go mad. We are bush people. It's so funny because when I go home I wear the singlets and thongs and when I'm back in Sydney I'm all of a sudden in heels and make-up. They are two separate worlds and I love that.
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WE WENT TO
Lindt Chocolate Cafe, Sydney CBD.
A selection of macarons.
A Manning Cartell dress.