IT has been a year and a half since Peppermint Grove girl Olivia De Jonge (17) filmed her first major Hollywood role in The Visit and her head is still spinning.
Securing the lead role in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film so early in her career is the kind of thing Hollywood dreams are made of, and De Jonge is very aware of it.
“It has been a good year and half since we filmed the movie and (winning the role) still surprises me,” she said.
Playing young documentary filmmaker Rebecca Jamison, who captures creepy goings on during a visit with her grandparents, meant getting to know the technology she was working with.
The film is footage that her character and her brother Tyler (played by fellow Aussie Ed Oxenbould) capture during the strange family reunion.
“I didn’t hold the camera except for the scene under the house where they are playing,” she said, trying not to give too much away.
“I did work closely with our cinematographer who was very particular.
“I did have to have a lesson about the camera my character was using because she is a film prodigy.”
De Jonge said while she was not as camera savvy as her character, she does share some similarities.
“(Rebecca) has family values and wants to see them all together and she also has a younger brother like I do,” she said.
The actress is in her last year at school and said with exams coming up it was “stressful” at the moment.
“If I get into university I want to study psychology because that links up to acting, with a person’s reactions,” she said.
“But at the moment I would like to focus on my career.”
The Visit is in cinemas now.