BUDDING actress Rose Bennett took out the Top Drama Student award at Margaret River Senior High School last week and is unlikely to stop there.
The 17-year-old has already appeared in two locally-shot films including Drift, which premiered this year, and the latest, Kill Me Three Times, directed by Kriv Stenders (Red Dog) and set for release next year.
"I've had some incredible experiences in the film industry over the past few years and am working towards a full-time acting career," Ms Bennett told the Mail.
She recently finished her year 12 TEE studies and won the Rising Star award, sponsored by the Margaret River Theatre Group, in recognition of her dedication, passion and local acting performances.
In Drift, Ms Bennett's role was alongside young heartthrob surfer Xavier Samuels as 'Surfer girl number one'.
"I had to flirt with his character Jimmy after a surf," she said.
"The trailer was released in 2012 and to my absolute excitement, my scene was featured in it."
From there, her every decision has been towards an acting career.
"Coming from this small town, I've had to become very pro-active in searching for more acting opportunities," she said.
Kill Me Three Times is a thriller starring a small cast of prominent actors including Simon Pegg, Luke Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer and Sullivan Stapleton.
"I sent out my resume to the casting directors and got a role as Teresa's double and worked closely alongside all actors," Ms Bennett said.
"Even more incredibly, I was actually asked to step in for Teresa on a last-minute call as she got sick.
"This meant I had to completely engage in her character Lucy as we shot a scene alongside Sullivan."
Film producer Daniel Finlay praised Ms Bennett for her role.
"Rose came to our rescue," he said."She travelled several hours to come and stand in ... at a moment's notice.
"She was asked to play the character off-screen and threw herself into the role, giving Sullivan someone to act with."
He hoped Ms Bennett would audition for future projects and recommended her for any professional acting role.
Kill Me Three Times does not have a release date yet.