Nicole Pastor is still flying high after attending her first movie premiere.
The Bardia actress has attended screenings before, of course, but Tuesday was the first time she attended the premiere of a film she is a part of.
The pastor stars in a new Australian drama Ruby’s Choiceabout a family struggling with dementia.
Iconic Hollywood starlet Jane Seymour – star of a popular 90s TV show Dr. Quinn Medicine Womanjames bond movie Live and Let Die and even wedding crashes – plays the titular Ruby and flew to Sydney to attend the premiere.
“It was so surreal,” Pastor said.
“Honestly, I have no words.
“I’ve been to opening nights before, but being a part of this movie means so much, and bringing Alzheimer’s and dementia to light, as an actor, has been really rewarding.
“I love being able to be a part of such brilliant stories.”
Pastor said it was amazing to work with Jacqueline McKenzie and Coco Jack Gillies, as well as Seymour (even though they don’t share any scenes).
She said watching the finished film with an audience was a very different experience from the AACTA screening she saw on her laptop last year.
“The Macbook didn’t do it justice,” she joked.
“Finally seeing it properly in a cinema was remarkable. It was packed and everyone was very engaged.
“There was a lot of laughs, because even though it’s a heavy topic and has heavy themes, the script still has a levity and keeps people laughing.
“It’s a very relatable movie and I think people really reacted to it.”
The pastor was accompanied by some close friends and his mother.
She said she was so proud to have her mom there.
“It was hard with dad not being there, he passed away not long ago, and I hope he would have been so proud,” Pastor said.
“I’m so thankful that mom is here representing her and dad. I felt like he was kind of there.”
Ruby’s Choice is slated to hit theaters on Thursday, but that’s not the only Pastor project moviegoers can see.
Boxand experimental short film she made with The crow director Alex Proyas, will soon drop on his Vidiverse streaming service.
“I still pinch myself that I worked with Alex, he’s a legend,” Pastor said.
“Box is a step up from one of his short films entitled Phobos, entirely improvised. This one had a bit of a storyline that was developed as we started shooting over a couple of days.
“The basic idea is that there’s a woman – that’s my character – who’s been given a box to deliver to a destination that doesn’t exist, and it’s loosely inspired by the myth of the box of Pandora.
“It’s really exciting to do a black-and-white horror, and I hope people enjoy watching it as much as I had making it.”
Pastor also has another movie slated for release later this year, titled The costdirected by Matthew Holmes.