PHOTOGRAPHED BY LARA MESSENGER
STYLING AND WORDS BY IMZ
IT WAS A SUNNY SATURDAY THAT DEMI HARMAN ARRIVED ON MY DOORSTEP, PRIMED, READY TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED AND COMPLETELY COMFORTABLE IN HER OWN SKIN. I STRIPPED BACK WHATEVER MAKEUP SHE HAD ON, FLICKED A LITTLE ARETHA FRANKLIN ON THE STEREO (DEMI'S REQUEST WHICH I COULD LUCKILY FULFIL), AND WE WERE READY TO GO. DEMI HARMAN IS A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN AND SO MUCH LOVELIER THAN I EVER EXPECTED. SHE IS A SWEET BUBBLE BATH FLOWING WITH LOVE AND APPRECIATION. WE MOVED WITH EASE THROUGH-OUT THE DAY, FILLING OUR HEADS WITH CLASSIC ROCK TUNES AND A GOOD DOSE OF BEYONCE!!
DEMI HARMAN IS A HALF AUSTRALIAN, HALF AMERICAN ACTRESS, WITH A MERE 21 YEARS OF LIFE UNDER HER BELT AND ALREADY A LOGIE NOMINATION TO BOAST. AN ACHIEVEMENT SHE RECEIVED IN HER FIRST YEAR OF ACTING, PLAYING THE PART OF SASHA BEZMAL ON AUSTRALIA'S ICONIC HOME AND AWAY. WITH A WHOPPING 230K INSTAGRAM FOLLOWING, WE CAN SAFELY SAY, THIS BRIGHT YOUNG STAR FROM SOUTH BRISBANE IS GOING PLACES.
WHO IS DEMI HARMAN?
I am an actress who strives for truth in my storytelling. I'm furiously artistic and a somewhat emotional being. Impressively sentimental, and an undying instinct to love.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO ACTING?
I auditioned for home and away a couple of times throughout high school. My big sister has been acting since she was 10, so she definitely paved the way and inspired me to do the same.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST EVER ACTING GIG..
It was my first day on home and away, I did a scene with Luke Mitchell.
SO WOULD YOU SAY HOME AND AWAY WAS YOUR BIG BREAK?
Yes!!! I got the part of Sasha Bezmel in the March of 2011.
DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST AUDITION?
I auditioned for lots of commercials growing up.. I have no memory of a specific first one. I remember getting a Kmart commercial and going to sea world to shoot it. That was super exciting.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE YOURSELF?
I suppose you could say I'm a little method- I like to completely be and embody the character. I write character journals and like to people watch.
WHAT IS IT LIKE WORKING ON HOME AND AWAY?
It has been an incredibly challenging and humbling experience.. I can't put into words what I have learnt in the past 3 and a half years.. It's been amazing. I am so grateful for my job!
WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
The people I work with! The crew, cast and everyone involved with the show do their job with love and enthusiasm. It's a wonderful atmosphere making it an ideal place to learn.
DO YOU HAVE A STYLE ICON?
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE BRANDS?
Maison Scotch, C&M and Tigerlily.
YOU HAVE BEAUTIFUL SKIN, WHAT'S YOUR BEAUTY REGIME?
I wear quite a bit of makeup for work- whether it's for a shoot or on set. I use an oil based Garnier eye makeup remover and then Cetaphil oily skin cleanser. It's ph balanced which is super important. As a moisturiser I either use a small amount of rosehip or Bio oil, otherwise i love Olay.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS...
Spontaneous. Loving. Open minded.
IF YOU WERE AN ANIMAL WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
I would be a nocturnal animal.. Probably a possum or an owl.
WHO WOULD YOU HAVE AT YOUR DINNER PARTY IF YOU COULD HAVE ANYONE IN THE WORLD?
2. Michael Jackson
3. George Harrison
4. Grace Kelly
5. Audrey Hepburn
6. James Dean
WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY GROWING UP IN BRISBANE?
Halloween is definitely one of my favourite holidays. Even to this day our neighbourhood in Brisbane goes hard. Over the years I have sported characters such as Bam Bam from The Flinstones, Peter Rabbit, Sully from Monsters Inc, Belle, Queen of Hearts and Snow White.
SO I'M GUESSING YOU LOVE THE CLASSICS?...
My favourite book is 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe' by CS LEWIS
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
A Deepak Chopra book called 'The pathway to Love'
SO DEMI, TELL US YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT THUS FAR...
Being Sasha Bezmel. I feel so honoured to have been part of her story. I also was nominated for a Logie for best new talent in my first year of being on the show too!
Lots coming up! Still working on Home and Away and loving it.
CREDITS: #1 BEC AND BRIDGE DRESS, #2 GANT SINGLET, CALVIN KLEIN BRIEFS, NICOLE FENDEL NECKLACE, #3 WITCHERY DENIM SHIRT AND STRATEAS CARLUCCI SKIRT, #4 SCANLAN AND THEODORE COAT, #5 LEVI'S STRAUSS & CO DENIM JACKET AND BEC AND BRIDGE STONE FREE SHORTIES.