Who is Aussie teen Angourie Rice, and how is she taking over Hollywood?

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It was 1990 when Nicole Kidman had her big break starring alongside Tom Cruise in the action flick Days of Thunder.

After a string of TV movies and low-budget Australian films, Kidman was out to make her mark on Hollywood.

The reviews were low-key, to say the least, and as you would expect of the time they focussed mostly on Cruise as he revelled in his post-Top Gun glory.

Kidman — if mentioned at all — was simply seen through this lens.

"Women, in particular Nicole Kidman … are used for decorative purposes only, like hood ornaments," a Washington Post reviewer wrote of the film at the time.

Now, 27 years later, Kidman is an entrenched Hollywood figure and is leading a cast of younger women in the new Sofia Coppola film The Beguiled.

And among her fellow cast members is another rising Australian talent — 16-year-old Angourie Rice.

Yet where Kidman slogged her way to the top of the Hollywood heap, Rice makes it look easy. Very easy.

"There's always a lot of luck that plays into it but you also have to work hard and I guess dedicate yourself," Rice told News Breakfast.

Who is Angourie Rice?

The Melbourne-based teenager's rise has been phenomenal but somewhat straightforward.

After appearing in the short Australian film Transmission she was handpicked by director Zak Hilditch to star in his feature piece These Final Hours.

What followed was an invitation to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2014 and the start of international acclaim.

By 2016 she had landed the role opposite Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe in the noir hit The Nice Guys, and within a year was auditioning for Coppola's take on the 1971 Clint Eastwood film.

 

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