Great Gatsby actress Adelaide Clemens is a rarity among the young Aussies in Hollywood, having never appeared in prime-time soapies Home And Away or Neighbours.
But that’s not by choice.
Clemens auditioned for Home And Away when she was 16-years-old and was rejected.
“I did Home And Away and I was devastated when I didn’t get in,” Clemens told AAP from Griffin, Georgia.
The knock-back, though, certainly hasn’t hurt her career and it shows that a role on Home and Away or Neighbours is not the be-all and end-all of making it in Hollywood.
Clemen’s star has been on the rise since she appeared in the Emmy Award winning BBC mini-series Parade’s End a couple of years ago.
She then went on to do the 3D horror-flick Silent Hill: Revelation and The Great Gatsby directed by Baz Luhrmann.
At the moment she is working on the second season of the TV drama series Rectify alongside fellow Aussie Aden Young who has the lead role.
In June, she starts shooting the film The Girl Who Invented Kissing which stars Games Of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer.
Clemens also has two US movies, The Automatic Hate and The World Made Straight, in the can and due to be released later this year and on Sunday she appears in the ABC TV movie Parer’s War.
Although Clemens is based in LA, she returned last October to shoot the movie about Australian war photographer Damien Parer, played by Matthew Le Nevez.
Parer is recognised as one of Australia’s finest photographers after filming Australian troops as they fight the Japanese on the deadly razorback ridges of New Guinea.
His images of WWII not only assisted those at home to have a clearer idea of what was occurring on the front line, but he set new standards for photographers in subsequent conflicts.
Parer’s Wars is Clemens’ third period production in as many years.
She relishes delving back into history for her roles and says she had a particular affinity with Parer’s War because her grandfather served in the Pacific in WWII.
“I love researching the roles throughout a production and looking at the history of it,” Clemens said.
“My grandfather was a coast watcher in Guadalcanal and a lot of that history was part of our research and there was a lot of pride about that.
“That was one of the huge factors, in making the decision to do this film.”
Clemens plays Parer’s long-time girlfriend Marie Cotter who is constantly confused by his hot and cold approach to their relationship.
The role exposed Clemens to a bygone era in Australian history where friends and associates could be based purely on religious beliefs and where couples fought for their relationships.
“One of the things I learnt was the endurance people had for their relationships and how hard women and men fought for marriage and to honour their vows,” Clemens said.
“They just a had strong commitment to stay together…and how there was conflict among the protestants and the catholics and how that was a big part of decision making in relationships.”
It’s the second war production Clemens has appeared in. She had a role in the Steven Spielberg and Tom Hank’s mini-series The Pacific about US Marines.
However, Parer’s War is Clemens’ first Australian war production and she says it shows how the effects of war stretch well beyond the battlefields.
“Australian’s participation in the war hasn’t been depicted as overwhelmingly as the US and the British and I think it’s really important,” she said.
“It’s also about what the women and the country went through and nowadays I don’t think we understand what they went through.”
* Parer’s War screens on Sunday, April 27 at 8.30pm on ABC1.