Montage by Michael Bates, all colored images by Michael Bates, black and white image by Eliza Kinchington Fine Art Photography
Up and coming star Eleanore Knox hails from Australia and currently resides in Sydney. She was studying a psychology degree when she was accepted into acting school and she hasn’t looked back ever since.
Knox’s favourite part of the job is the ability to tell a story. She cherishes the fact she has the opportunity to educate, move and inform audiences – it’s what inspires her the most about her work. The ability to travel to new places and gain new skills gets her passion alive. She was drawn to acting when she was younger. She’s always been an avid fan of film, television, and theatre. From a young age, she was inspired by the entertaining and often cathartic experience of engaging with the arts. Knox can’t say which she is most drawn to as theatre offers that addicting adrenaline rush of performing to a live audience, but film is so widely accessible. She is often blown away by the cinematography in modern cinema, and it can all be seen for an inexpensive amount of money. Her third artistic passion in life is photography, which is much less collaborative in nature than the previous two but something she still adores. Although the unpredictability of the job has sometimes put a dampener on her work, she still is filled with enthusiasm for her career.
Still from the film ‘Cheat Happens’
She cites that the most memorable career experience was the time she performed the lead role in George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Saint Joan’. Her first paid role, in which she was the sole female cast member, she cites it as being the most grueling and difficult rehearsal process of her career to date. At least twenty years junior to her fellow cast mates, Knox felt compelled to do Joan’s story justice as she felt the woman alongside her as she performed.
She does admit that sometimes fame and infamy can overtake talent when it comes to casting, which can be a jading experience. Eleanore still has hopes within the acting industry, although even she will admit there is too much focus on appearance in the media, believing that acting still relies on inner characteristics and a passion for the craft. She takes gut-wrenching and emotional storytelling very seriously, it’s this strength that has kept her grounded throughout the years.
The key to success in her eyes is her perfectionist nature, she is always striving to be her best and her eye for detail can work to her advantage as an actor. She also thanks her family for supporting her throughout her career, without them she wouldn’t have made it this far.
By Nick Prokop Photography
While she has her future sights still set on acting professionally she also hopes to become an ambassador for the arts and get involved in UNICEF charity work. She doesn’t want to give up the theatre for cinema, hoping to keep a steady and successful career in both fields. Her dream future role is to play the late singer Amy Winehouse.
The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:
1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Amy, the documentary about Amy Winehouse. I’ve been obsessed with the idea of playing her ever since. If anybody is making a biopic about her, look me up!
But if it has to be a fictional film, then ‘Don’t Tell’, starring my ridiculously talented friend Sara West. The woman her character is based on is one of the most strong and inspiring women I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting. It’s such an important story, and everyone should see the film.
2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Children of different colours who become best friends because they’re unafraid of their differences. Elderly couples who are still madly in love. Gay couples who are able and unafraid to be affectionate. Fathers who take their daughters on dates. Grooms who get teary when they see their bride. Pregnant women. I suppose for me it’s all about relationships. Love.
3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Play the lead in a gritty feature film. Rescue a French bulldog puppy. Become an ambassador for World Vision or UNICEF.
4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” sing and write music.
5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? I’m a perfectionist. I think a lot of actors/artists are. It’s a gift and a curse because it means you’re always striving to do your very best, but it also means the voice in your head is usually very critical and rarely satisfied – which can lead to procrastination! Fundamentally though, I think being a perfectionist is something that keeps me motivated, and having an eye for detail is very important as an actor. It’s fun.