Olivia DeJonge (2015) is among the many millennials to grow up with Baz Luhrmann’s films as all-time favourites. However, she is certainly one of the few to be cast by him to play a lead role at the age of 22.
Olivia will join Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, as she plays Priscilla Presley in Luhrmann’s film Elvis which will follow a 20-year period of Elvis Presley’s life.
“I was first introduced to Baz Luhrmann’s work at PLC in Years 8 and 9, when we studied Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet and Strictly Ballroom, and I instantly fell in love with his storytelling,” Olivia said.
“Baz himself has such an infectious charisma about him that is such a joy to be around. He creates a very fun and enjoyable space to work in and is very encouraging of play.”
Olivia said it is an honour to be cast by Luhrmann and play a role in Elvis’ incredible story.
“When they announced that I was cast as Priscilla, I was shocked, excited and honoured,” Olivia said.
Balancing schoolwork with auditions, Olivia started acting at age 12, and always loved watching films growing up.
“I think I caught the drama bug early,” Olivia said.
“I was extroverted and had a lot of energy growing up, but was too short for sports. So, drama was a great fit.”
In portraying the best job she can authentically to Priscilla herself, Olivia is engrossing herself in work.
“It is a huge honour to play Priscilla. But I try not to overthink it and focus on the work,” Olivia said.
Olivia encourages all students intrigued about the acting pathway to stay curious about whatever material they’re given, and have fun with it… and watch lots of movies too of course!
Elvis’ biopic is set to release in June 2022.
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