the beautiful, awkward adolescence of model maddison brown
Giggly, confused, and sweet Maddison Brown is like any ordinary teenager. Except for the part where she’s moments away from being a star.
Maddison wears blazer Lover
Actress and model Maddison Brown is currently undertaking the very surreal task of becoming a star at the same time as becoming an adult. While her friends are navigating the drunken attention of boys at school, she's learning how to be sweet in interviews and manage the transformation into starlet. Although she's far more poised and lovely than most at 17, she still carries the familiar concerns associated with being that age. But while other girls deal with crushes and homework, she's managing it all with an international media schedule. Considering this, it was a nice surprise to find that she shares some traits with regular giggling, blushing teens. Growing up is always hard, but Maddison reminds us that it can also be very, very charming.
Hey Maddie, how are you doing?
I'm good! I've just had a day running around. I was in hospital over the weekend, so I was just coming in and seeing my agency and catching up on things I missed.
Why were you in hospital?
Oh it was just a little viral thing, it wasn't a big deal. I just needed to be rehydrated.
Was it weirdly nice to allow yourself to just be in bed?
Yeah it was. I just relaxed in bed for four days and ate sandwiches. It was like forced relaxation, and I cannot relax I'm so impatient. So hospital is a good excuse to be forced into bed.
They give you plates of sandwiches and one of them tasted like a hamburger. I was like, give me more sandwiches! Then the nurses come around and they give you a cup of tea and shortbread cookies. It was like being on a plane but way more comfortable.
But are you better now?
I'm feeling a lot better, thanks to the hospital.
I often wonder with busy teenagers, do you feel 17?
Sometimes I do. Sometimes I get in really stupid moods and I can't be serious and I just make a joke about everything. I think that probably annoys some people because lots of the people I'm around are older and I'm just this young kid who sometimes doesn't take much seriously.
Other times I feel like compared with other 17-year-olds I feel a lot more weathered from travelling and doing all that.
That's such a sad way to put it!
It's a very eye opening experience.
So being a teenager is obviously pretty—
Do you feel awkward?
Sometimes, I feel like I have trouble connecting with people my own age because I've been working for so long. But then I have trouble connecting to people in their late 20s and 30s because I feel like there is such a big age gap. I don't know. It's about finding the right people I guess.
Do you think you'd feel more or less awkward if you weren't in the middle of all this?
I don't think I'd really care if I wasn't doing what I'm doing. I'd just be like, oh I'm 17 and I'm going to schoolies! It's the formal! I wouldn't be like, oh that was awful when I couldn't emotionally connect with that 30-year-old.
How do you feel about not going to schoolies?
It's a...I'm not really interested in a week of being extremely drunk. It's probably not what I want to do right now.
Trust me it's gross.
(Laughs) I'm not surprised. My sister did it and it's not something I want to put myself through, until I'm 18 at least.
Did you do that formal?
No I didn't. I was going to go to pre drinks but I was just really, really exhausted. It was literally yesterday, but just after being sick and everything I had to say to my friends, I'm sorry but I can't come.
I was meant to go to New York as well but has to reshuffle that trip too. I wasn't even meant to be here for formal so that's why I wasn't really a part of it.
Do classic teenage rites of passage, like house parties when people's parents go away, still hold the same appeal to you?
No because I've lived overseas on my own so I haven't had the bond of the parents going away meaning a party. I remember the first time I went overseas on my own my agent said, now don't get into the partying. And I was just like, trust me it's not going to happen.
Was living alone weird?
Yeah it feels very, I don't know, very odd. When I get back my friends all talk about how crazy it was that I was living overseas by myself, but it's not as fun as it sounds. I had to do my own washing and grocery shopping and it was just a lot of responsibility. It wasn't just fun.
Do you feel more of an affinity towards modelling or acting?
I see myself as an actor, I did it before I did modelling. I felt like it was always something I wanted to do.
Which one are you better at?
They're different, I think it depends. Acting is more challenging, it's easier to say I'm better at modelling but the process is different. The preparation for acting is insane. With modelling you just do castings and stand there and leave. Acting is such an emotional investment. I hope I'm good at both. Modelling is less emotional effort.
You're 17 so I have to ask, do you have a crush on anyone?
I do but I don't want to say in case they read this!
Text Wendy Syfret
Photography Daniel Gurton
Styling Ricky James Flynn
Make up Filomena
Hair Anthony Nader using ORIBE
Model Maddison Brown at Chic Management Sydney and Next Models London