Lesley Vanderwalt– A Star Behind the Scenes

While she might not walk lots of red carpets, Lesley Vanderwalt is a well known and extremely well valued identification in the display industry, who’s played an essential role in most of the films you like.

Behind the scenes as a hair designer and makeup musician, this talented innovative has frequently worked together with some of movie theater’s largest movie manufacturers, including Baz Luhrmann and also George Miller, as well as won several honors for her job. She’s obtained a BAFTA as well as an Oscar honor under her belt as well as has recently been sworn in right into the Make Up Artist Guild Hall of Fame.

Lesley left college at 15 to do a hairdressing instruction and also while she was in the right area at the right time, it was likewise the best attitude that brought about the opportunities which saw her obtain her foot in the door of the movie industry. When she began as a hair as well as make-up musician, there was a lot of innovation required as you could not simply order special effects makeup online. Lesley had to embrace a DIY technique to create sensible impacts for elements like phony blood and tattoos, and also she honed her craft as she increased through the ranks.

During her 46 years in the film and tv industry, Lesley has actually produced the looks for personalities in Hollywood smash hits such as Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby, Aquaman as well as Mad Max: Fury Road (the film she won the Oscar for) as well as collaborated with stars like Charlize Theron, Jason Mamoa as well as Leonardo DiCaprio.

While Lesley is an indigenous New Zealander, she relocated to Sydney in the 80s and also based herself there for years as she serviced various display jobs around the world. After being utilized on several Gold Coast based manufacturings, Lesley was hooked.

“I absolutely loved the Gold Coast yet had not been all set to leave my life, pals as well as work in Sydney yet,” she clarifies. “I ultimately made the relocate to Main Beach in 2017 after working with Aquaman as well as desired I had done it years previously.”

What do you love most about living and also working with the Gold Coast?

I enjoy the people, the beach, the weather, the extra casual and also healthier lifestyle and also have made so many new good friends up right here. I like all the various villages and fantastic dining establishments, the markets and also street festivals. I walk the coastline at The Spit every various other day at reduced trend. As well as I’m a big follower of all the cultural events HOTA– there are even a number of photos I serviced with Tracey Moffat in the long-term exhibit. I don’t miss Sydney at all.