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do you go from being Australia's Best Top Model
to Australia's Next Top Model? It all starts with
a struggling graphic design student looking to
get into modelling and it ends with Erika Heynatz
becoming an internationally renowned model, actress,
singer and television presenter.
natural appearance and charming demeanor saw her
signed to Chic Models at the age of 21 and was
soon strutting down catwalks throughout Australia,
Europe and the USA. Campaign-wise, she became
the face of major Australian advertising campaigns
such as Neutrogena Skincare, Jockey Underwear,
Victorian Tourism Commission, Comedy Festival,
Energex, Chatswood Chase, Bacardi, Lexus, Gillette,
Panasonic and Mitsubishi. In America, it was Lifesavers
Coolblasts, Verizone Wireless and Uncle Ben's
while in Japan she was the face of Hewlett Packard
and Volkswagen Passat. Not to be outdone, Germany
grabbed her to represent Deutsche Bank and Vectra.
soon followed with roles in HEROES MOUNTAIN, CRASH
PALACE, FARSCAPE, HEADSTART and the Disney motion
picture GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE 2. In the American
telemovie MERMAIDS, leading lady Erika underwent
intensive fight/swim and dive training to play
a warrior princess/mermaid. As the granddaughter
of a Danish sea faring adventurer, the part seemed
custom-made for Ms Heynatz who still claims she
has salt water in her veins.
launched the next phase of her career in 2002
when she was signed as a presenter on Nine's lifestyle
show BODY AND SOUL. The show's fitness content
strongly echoed Erika's own interests and led
to her becoming an ambassador for Nike-based sports
2004, Erika became the sole host (as well as being
the contestants' motivator and leader) of Ten's
controversial reality series THE HOTHOUSE. During
the 3 month shoot, she was living and breathing
the production process, immersing herself in the
day to day filming and editing process. Erika
became a household name and while the show was
seen by some to be an under-performer, Erika emerged
unscathed from the experience. In fact, industry
heavyweights were already eyeing her up for her
biggest TV role to date, "I've never been
typecast in one genre of television presenting
and it's great to show some versatility with every
new series" says Erika.
few months later, when Foxtel decided to make
a local version of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, they
tapped Erika to fill the local stilettos of American
supermodel/host Tyra Banks. AUSTRALIA'S NEXT TOP
MODEL was a smash hit from night 1, debuting second
highest rating ever seen for a Foxtel TV event.
started filming the second series of AUSTRALIA'S
NEXT TOP MODEL in August, secured the lead role
in the U.S feature film VOODOO LAGOON directed
by Nick Cohen and the lead role in GABRIELLE playing
the part of Lillith.
February Erika was chosen as the official ambassador
and spokesperson for Toyota at the 2005 Grand
Prix. There's also the possibility of more corportate
gigs after Erika hosted an outrageous NW 2005
Oscars lunch and successfully juggled the twin
temperaments of a spaced-out Anna Nicole Smith
and a somewhat-untalkative Jimeoin.
was also Face of this year's Caulfield Cup, which
will soon be seen in a Sony Playstation game LA
Noir in the role of Elsa which will hit stands
in 2006/07 and can be seen on U.K TV in a Procter
and Gamble Aussie Hair Care Advertorial.
for Foxtel, and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity
of interviewing movie greats, Hugo Weaving, Geoffrey
Rush and Claudia Karvan just to name a few.
evokes an indelible impression with wide audience
appeal. Early this year Erika narrated the SBS
documentary, HEAT IN THE KITCHEN. Watch this space
and Bio (from 2003)
the Host, Erika Heynatz (Credit: The Hothouse
Heynatz is the face of The HotHouse. Shes
the one wholl keep you up to date with the
latest HotHouse goss and shell let you in
on truckloads of building tips. Heres what
Erika had to say in the lead up to the shows
Whats it like being the host of a show?
Challenging, nerve wracking, liberating and exciting.
It tests the faith you have in yourself to be
able to act spontaneously, to get a point across
clearly and communicate an issue in a way that
is interesting and hopefully entertaining. Its
often a high pressure environment, which forces
you to rely on the support structure of the team
you work with. Ultimately, its a fantastic
opportunity to develop and test many personal
and professional skills.
Have you got any building experience?
I am crafty by nature, but have never owned a
space nor had the luxury of having permission
to do much anywhere I have rented (does extensive
abuse of blu-tack count?) I have aided mates with
painting, re-vamping of furniture, shelving, gardening
and lugging of large objects. Feng shui isnt
my strong point.
Will you be hopping in and helping the builders
and couples out on The HotHouse site?
I cant wait to get my hands on the power
though Im a bit of a klutz.
So, hope theyve got good insurance!
Tell us about your background Erika.
After completing high school in Victoria, I studied
graphic design at a university in Brisbane for
three years. I began modelling during this time
and eventually moved to Sydney to model full time.
During the following five years I worked on commercials,
advertising campaigns, television drama, telemovies
and feature films. I also studied acting, presenting,
music theory, singing, video and music editing.
the past two years I have primarily focused more
on music and acting, splitting my time between
Australia and the United States. My first big
presenting job was for an Olympic special for
the US. I then worked on two series of Body and
Soul for Channel Nine.
What are you most passionate about in life?
Music, travel, friendship and food.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Ambitious, creative, lucky.
Whats your star sign? In which ways are
you typical of that star sign?
Aries; independent, adventurous, passionate, expressive,
fiery, impatient, impulsive, energetic, driven,
disciplined, imaginative, playful, childish, loyal.
What is it like being drop dead gorgeous?
What are you most looking forward to about The
Having lived alone in a tiny studio in Kings Cross,
Sydney for six years, I am looking forward to
living in a home by the ocean and inheriting the
large team of friends working towards a common
goal. Meeting the couples will be fascinating,
observing their contributions emotionally, physically
and creatively and seeing how they function in
such a challenging environment.
really love the concept of giving hardworking
individuals who are battling to achieve the great
Australian dream a chance of living in a home
that they have built themselves. A whole lot of
blood, sweat, and tears will be what shapes the
creation of this ultimate luxury home. It will
be really interesting to learn the difference
in each of their visions. I hope that it inspires
me to finally save up my hard earned cash to do
the very same thing!
Movie Database (credit)
(In Production) (2000s)
Lagoon (2006) (post-production) .... Penny
Mermaids (2003) (TV) .... Diana
George of the Jungle 2 (2003) (V) .... Kowalski
... aka Far Horizon (Australia)
- Terra Firma (2003) TV Episode .... Caroline
- Unrealized Reality (2002) TV Episode .... Caroline
Heroes' Mountain (2002) (TV) .... Nicola
as: Actress, Herself
- Episode #4.29 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
"Body and Soul" (2002/II) TV Series
.... Herself - Host/Reporter
Playboy: Girls Down Under (2000) (V) .... Herself
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