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Tingley ready for movie breakthrough
Freya Tingley. Picture: WireImage

It is the dream of every young actress to walk down the red carpet of their first Hollywood blockbuster.

And that dream will become a reality for 20-year-old Perth actress Freya Tingley when she steps out at the world premiere of her first major movie Jersey Boys in Los Angeles on June 19.

The premiere of Clint Eastwoood's big- screen adaptation of the stage musical blockbuster will close the Los Angeles Film Festival and it is expected to be one the year's biggest hits at the box office.

Mt Claremont-raised Tingley, who first garnered attention as Hat Lamb in the TV adaptation of Tim Winton's Cloudstreet, told AAA Weekend she had picked out the dress she would wear "months ago".

"I have got a special dress that I found on sale. I am really looking forward to wearing it because I just love fashion," she said.

"I love red carpets and being able to present myself and represent the film."

Jersey Boys, which will open in the US and UK on June 20 and Australia on July 3, tells the true story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s pop group the Four Seasons.

Tingley, already on the cusp of US stardom after landing a leading role in Netflix series Hemlock Grove and a recurring role on TV show Once Upon a Time, plays the role of singer Frankie Valli's troubled daughter Francine, who reportedly died of a drug overdose in the 1980s.

She said channelling the troubled character was an emotional experience.

"My character is the pivotal turning point of the drama that occurs and takes Frankie through an emotional journey," she said.

"For me, she had a reason why she did drugs because she never really had a father figure.

"I had to understand why she took drugs and why she went down this spiral."

Tingley, who said she hoped to return home to Perth for Christmas, was one of the first in the world to see the film at a small screening where she watched it with John Lloyd Young, who plays Frankie Valli.

"I saw it the other week and it is really good, it is awesome," she said.

"I wasn't really nervous watching myself; I was just really looking forward to watching the performances of the other actors and seeing Clint Eastwood's latest film.

"John does such a great job playing Frankie and it is really funny actually. I find it very different to Clint Eastwood's other films - it has a very stylised feel."

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