Eltham is a long way away, and a world apart, from Los Angeles. No one knows that better than Emily Browning, the wide-eyed ingenue who divides her time between her home town and Hollywood.
‘‘It’s kind of a trip being in LA sometimes – you see people that have only ever been part of your world through television and movies,’’ Browning says. ‘‘But at the same time working with these kinds of people, you also become very aware that they’re just human beings.’’
Browning, 22, is perhaps Eltham’s most famous export. Her rise started when she landed her first role in the made-for-television film The Echo of Thunder, opposite Judy Davis in 1998. Following her successful debut, Browning went on to appear in Blue Heelers and the Billy Connolly-led film The Man Who Sued God in 2001. Her career was made in 2004’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, staring Jim Carrey.
The Eltham native still calls Melbourne home, despite a demanding international career, overseas travel and auditioning, filming and promoting her growing number of projects.