Phenomenal Woman: Cecile Sinclair for FRUK Magazine

From winning “Holland’s Next Top Model” to starring in hit AppleTV+ series “Ted Lasso,” and recently playing Imperial Councillor in “Dune: Part Two,” Cecile Sinclair’s captivating screen presence remains unparalleled, and we’re thoroughly enjoying every moment of it.

Sinclair is also known for Dance To The Death, Blood Orange and award-winning films Persephone, produced by PhoenixWorks and Fatalism. Her co-founded production company has equally produced critically acclaimed “Nuns” by Robert Luxford, and a short film written and starring Maxim Baldry called Melodie Saviour.

Cecile Sinclair is carving out a remarkable path for herself, truly becoming a figure to watch closely—a phenomenal woman rising. We caught up with the star to discuss her latest role in “Dune: Part Two,” her rituals for unwinding after a day on set, and how she has conquered the most challenging part of her journey thus far.

After a lengthy modelling career and starring in a range of films and a TV show, would you say you’re most comfortable as a model or actress?

I had a great time modelling but I would say I’m definitely more comfortable and free as an actor, for sure, and I think that’s why I’ve always been drawn to it! 

Why did you audition for the role of Imperial Councillor in Dune Part Two? What drew you to the film?

I am a fan of Denis Villeneuve (Arrival is a big favourite). I watched an interview he did about the Frank Herbert books he read as teenager and wanting to make the films. So I kept my eye on any news updates and when I saw they were casting for DUNE: Part Two, I told my agent to put me forward for it. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to do a self-tape for it and then the decision is all down to the casting director Dixie Chassay and of course Mr Villeneuve! 

What was it like transitioning from short films, and your feature in Ted Lasso, to a film like Dune Part Two? Do you feel as though you were well equipped from your experience, or did you feel more pressure?

I did put pressure on myself, but that quickly got pushed aside by the joy of being on set. I think we all can put pressure on ourselves or question if we are ready, but you also put so much time and effort into self-tapes as an actor, that when you confirm a job it feels like a win!

You said previously that Meryl Streep’s quote ‘giving a voice to characters that have no other voice – that’s the great worth of what we do’ resonated with you, what do you do to prepare as a producer or an actor to portray such voices authentically?

Research. Even when I Co-produced and acted in NUNS, we visited active nuns in a Convent in London as we thought would really benefit the actors, us included, asking questions we weren’t able to find answers to. 

You began your acting career starring in TV show 999: Killer on the Line and short film The Lost Children, how has your relationship with acting changed since then?

I’ve definitely learnt a lot about acting and have a lot more fun now with it. My understanding / knowledge of the industry too has broadened, which has been really helpful. Before it could feel like just blindly throwing this at the wall and seeing what sticks, whereas I’m much more structured now! 

Walk us through what you do to unwind after a day on set?

I love a long bath or shower! Wash away the day and put on my trackies, warm socks and just get comfy really. Probably a face mask too!

What’s the best piece of advice you would give your younger self on career and family?

Hmm this is a tricky one! I think finding or having community supporting each other or connecting with people makes all the difference! Sometimes kids want to prove they can do something on their own, but asking for help or finding courage in making mistakes too can be hard. Together you’re stronger and can help each other. 


Are there any other models or actresses who inspire you and whom you would like to work with?

I have a long list of actors that inspire me including, Tilda Swinton, Lashana Lynch, Aiysha Hart, Hunter Shafer, Gugu Mbatha-raw to name a few! 

What has been the most challenging part of your journey so far and how did you overcome it? 

My own overthinking and other shadow parts! But now I’ve got a better gratitude practice and meditation routine that has totally changed everything!

If you had to choose one for the rest of your life- Modelling or Acting?

100% Acting! 

What is in store for your future? Do you have any upcoming projects?

I am currently in the post-production phase of a short film I co-produced and I’d love to produce another play as there are so many talented actors I’ve met through class that the world needs to see!  


Model/Actress: Cecile Sinclair @cecilesinclair for @frukmagazine

Photographer: Condry Calvin Mlilo @condrycalvinmlilo

Assistant + Digital Tech : Daniel Igbinyemi @daniels_world

Fashion Director: Liz Olusesan  @lizolusesan

Assistant: Cassini Pannell @cassinipannell

Makeup: Monique Monroe @moniquexmonroe

Hair: Shanice Neol @shanicenoelhair

Lighting & Creative Direction : Condry Calvin Mlilo + Daniel Igbinyemi 

Studio : Silverspace Studios @silverspacestudios

Pr: Jade East @jadeeastpr

Interview: Cassini Pannell + Liz Olusesan

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