Elizabeth Debicki Is ‘The Great Gatsby’s Breakout Star
Elizabeth Debicki, a Hollywood newcomer who hails from Australia, is being dubbed the breakout star of Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby, which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.
Debicki plays Jordan Baker in the film, the love interest of Maguire’s Nick Carraway and friend to Mulligan’s Daisy Buchannan. Baker is a professional golfer by day and flapper by night who mingles freely in the elite social circle of New York’s Hamptons in the 1920s.
"I still pinch myself," Debicki told Huff Post Entertainment about working on the film. "There's times in your life where you think, 'I have nothing to lose, so I'm going to completely do this thing and just enjoy it.' Which is probably the essence of Jordan in a funny way."
Debicki was cast after meeting with Luhrmann in Los Angeles for a whirlwind 48-hour trip in which she auditioned with Maguire at the Chateau Marmont. After a month of waiting, the 22-year-old actress received a call from the director. “Would you like to be in our little show?” he asked.
Now that her turn as the bold golfer has generated all kinds of buzz about her future in the business, Debicki is sure to have a number of opportunities in her future. "I don't know what to expect," Debicki said. "For me, that's the best thing about being an actor; when you're on the edge of something and you're not quite sure what it is. It's a motion that's going under you and it's exciting."
The Great Gatsby was an unexpected box-office hit, pulling in $54 million in ticket sales so far, placing No. 2 behind Iron Man 3 during its opening weekend.
Prior to taking on Jordan in The Great Gatsby, Debicki had only one acting credit to her name, a supporting role in the 2011 Australian film A Few Best Men.