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Deadly Ponies X Lily Sullivan

Making her debut in Mental, a film directed by P.J Hogan (Muriel's Wedding, My Best Friend's Wedding) as Coral Moochmore, starring opposite the likes of Toni Collette and Liev Schreiber, actress, model and all-round muse, Lily Sullivan is a force to be reckoned with. Off the back of her gritty performance as Miranda, in the highly anticipated series, Picnic at Hanging Rock; we sat down with her to discuss what it means to embody the Deadly Ponies' mantra of bold, fearless and free. 

  

For us, the Deadly Ponies girl is someone who is bold, fearless and free, what does that mean to you, and how do you embody that spirit? 

Hmm, my first thought when hearing those words and thinking about how to access the feeling of being free, is learning to not judge yourself. To have goals that are separate from your personal happiness. Every time I have silenced that nasty voice we all have in our heads I have felt fearless. I think I’ll be forever re-learning this lesson.

What are you working on at the moment?

My tax. Finally catching up... It only took a pandemic to make me do it. Also, embracing this worldwide pause in my industry and enjoying downtime with myself, which I am so grateful for.

Oh and a limited series I shot in Canada last year for National Geographic called Barkskins will air May 25th - so excited for that.

 

How do you define your sense of style? Is there anyone in particular who influences you?

Style for me is an extension of someone’s personality, a way to make yourself a lil more funky. So I admire anyone who rocks themselves... BUUUT Zoe Kravitz can do no wrong.

 

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What is the boldest or most courageous thing that you’ve done for yourself?

The most courageous thing I have done would be jump out of a plane at 80,000ft and free fall for 85 seconds in New Zealand. The most terrifying and electrifying 85 seconds of my life. Highly recommend... a great and extreme way to cleanse and refresh yourself ha.

What is your go-to outfit to pair with the new Desert Rider Jacket? 

When you rock a Desert Rider Jacket... anything... the sexy piece does all the work. But for me: fab jeans, heeled boots and white tank. Done.

A leather jacket is a timeless wardrobe staple. How important do you think it is to invest in quality and ethical materials, and why so?

If you want somewhere to wear your fabulous clothes we need to invest and start changing our personal standards, otherwise there will be no earth to walk our two feet on. It really is important to support designers who are trying to adapt to help the environment, we need to all recognise them and support change. No matter how big or small.

What is your dream role? 

I'd love to play a superhero that has the ability to depose of all the useless and toxic world leaders on the planet and place them in another dimension to live out their days together... It would be a very satisfying and rewarding role.


What is one thing that you’ve learnt during isolation that has surprised you? 

I have been inspired and surprised by how quickly our governments can change the system and legislations when they are forced to for the common good. Let’s hope this inspires us to push and move forward as a country.

 

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Where is the first place you’ll be taking your Desert Rider post-lockdown - and what dishes would make up your ultimate three-course meal once eateries are open?

To my mamas kitchen with all my closest women. Entree: a scrumptious orange wine. Main: to actually hold my dearests, and dessert, a boogie at my local bar!

What are you reading, watching and listening to at the moment?

I'm reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. A great read whilst in iso... perfect reminder to remember how vulnerable and irrelevant we are as a species and the earth does not need us.

I just watched a wonderful documentary called 2040 by Australian environmentalist Damon Gameau. The film is an optimistic guide to healing
our planet... it explores options mankind has at its disposal to effectively deal with climate change. This beautiful piece is structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter.

Also Honey Boy, a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf based on his childhood and his broken relationship with his father.

I'm listening to anything Fela Kuti. Peter Cat Recording Co. Sharon Jones & The Dap- Kings. Jackson C Frank. Michael Kiwanuka. All day everyday Nina Simone.

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