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Yu Mei

In the Bag: Thomasin McKenzie

In The Bag is a close up look at the essentials our community members carry with them. Today, rising star Thomasin McKenzie gives us a peek inside her well-travelled bag.

Thomasin McKenzie shot to international acclaim with her stellar performance in Taika Waititi’s Oscar-winning Jojo Rabbit. Her feet have hardly touched the ground since. A small sample of the fast rising New Zealand actress’ lengthy IMDB profile: she’s set to star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst in Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, and has been in London filming Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, a psychological thriller that sees her playing an aspiring fashion designer in the 1960s.

Next she’s off to [redacted] to take part in an enigmatic, untitled film by renowned director M. Night Shyamalan, which no one knows much about except that it also stars Abbey Lee Kershaw and will probably be brilliant.

With that slew of impressive projects on Thomasin’s horizon, we’re picking it won’t be too long before she’s at the Oscars to collect her own. Until then, she’s toting her well-stocked bag around airports and film sets. We caught up with her to find out what’s in it.

Thomasin's Jane bag

"Having a script with me depends on whether I’m working or not. If I am, my script will be full of accent or acting notes that I need on hand throughout the day" - TM

"I had to have a minor eye surgery this year because of sun damage, so sunglasses are a necessity" - TM

"There’s a lot of downtime on set, so having a good book around can be a saviour" - TM

"Lip balm and mini perfume. I never leave home without either of these!" - TM

"My reusable water bottle. I don’t like using plastic water bottles, plus this one is pretty" - TM

"Corona basics. These are high stress times, so a new addition to my handbag is lavender oil. Not only does it calm the nerves, but the smell reminds me of my grandma who I miss a lot when I’m overseas. Plus my new best friends, a mask and hand sanitiser" - TM

"I’m a forgetful person and a planner helps with that. I also can’t help chuckle at the fact that is says “2020 - a year of possibilities” on the cover. I didn’t realise it was possible for so many things to go wrong in one year" - TM