Perth-born stage and screen star and Kailis Jewellery ambassador Lucy Durack has an infectious smile and bubbly personality. Both of which she’s passed onto her 22-month-old daughter Polly, who has also inherited her mother’s warm, friendly personality...
Together, they make quite the pair. “When Polly was only a few weeks old, I spilt an entire session’s expressed breast milk (aka liquid gold) all over a beautiful black ball gown I was wearing. I was about to sing at an important event and I had no time to change, so patted it down and went out on stage and did the gig. No one seemed to notice! So one of the most important things that motherhood has taught me is the importance of dark coloured clothing,” she says, laughing. Another great quality of Durack’s? She’s fantastically honest. As one of Australia’s most exciting leading ladies of stage and screen, you’ll know Durack for playing Glinda in the Australian production of Wicked. Or Elle Woods in the Australian production of Legally Blonde: The Musical (she won both a Sydney Theatre and Helpmann Award for this role). She’s regularly in concert throughout Australia – she sung the British and Australian national anthems for Queen Elizabeth II. Her radio show My Soundtrack has been the ABC’s most downloaded radio show for three summers running and is back for a fourth season this year. She’s also about to start filming a new series called Sisters by the creators of Network Ten’s Offspring. Did someone say #superstar? Yet despite her tremendous career success, motherhood continues to teach her the most about life. “As a mother, I feel like I have so much ahead of me to learn. Just when I feel like I’m getting a handle on one phase, all the rules change again. I hope I am learning to let things go a bit more and be less of a control freak. I want to let myself enjoy the good times more,” she says. Again, there’s that honest, open nature. For Mother’s Day, she’d love a handmade card (“last year I got my first handmade Mother’s Day card and it was honestly in my top five presents of all time”) or there’s always jewels, of course. “Growing up in the 80s, I have always loved bracelets and bangles. I also don’t leave the house without putting a pair of earrings on. I love my Kailis pearl earrings as you can wear them as casually as you like, or if you’re going somewhere glamorous they translate so beautifully as well.” Ahead of Mother’s Day next month, we sat down with the beautiful blonde star to talk motherhood, jewellery, and what’s in store this year for Durack… Photographer: Michelle Holden | Hair and makeup: Andrea Black | Styling and story: Georgie Abay | Kailis jewellery worn throughout
“ My single most favourite moment as a mum so far happened earlier this week. Polly and I were right up in each others faces playing after her bath... she cupped my face in her little hands and looked in my eyes and said 'ruf you' ”
SHOP: Lucy wears Frame Denim jeans; GANT shirt; Charlotte Olympia flats; Kailis Lucernae Pearl Earrings in Mediterranean Blue and White Gold; Kailis Ascensus Pendant in Mediterranean Blue and White Gold; Kailis Lucernae Twist Ring in Mediterranean Blue and White Gold
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Grateful, positive, peckish.
How will you be spending Mother’s Day?
Good question, I’m not sure yet, but definitely on Facetime at least with my mum and grandma, and in person with my husband Chris and my daughter Polly, who I hope has been practicing pancake making in her spare time.
Tell us about your own mother…
My mum set the bar WAY too high. Mum is the sort of person who people befriend on planes and want to catch up with her for coffee weeks after the flight has landed. Mum has instilled in my sisters and I the idea that we should follow our dreams and work hard towards them. She is smart, kind and a lot of fun. She will always help you justify a shopping purchase you feel guilty about, always makes you feel like things are going to be ok and is my whole extended family’s rock. As you can imagine, she was also destined to be a rock star of a grandma, which is what she now is too.
What has been the most challenging part of motherhood?
I realised motherhood would be a challenging, full time job, but I didn’t realise how challenging! I was fairly naïve about the basics such as my baby eating and sleeping. Polly found both a bit tricky and this left me feeling very emotional. I felt like a failure. Existing without sleep for many, many months was one of the hardest parts of my life so far.