May 5, 2014
JR Reyne is a Total Mama’s Boy
A very special Mother's Day MM!
Nothing makes a girl swoon like seeing a Male Monday with his mom, especially when it’s an incredible mom like Kim Ellmer. Yep, we lucked out when we tapped JR Reyne to be this week’s Male Monday. A former model, now stylist, Kim is responsible for some of our favorite looks on TV and JR? Well, he’s responsible for several of our teenage fantasies, thanks to his role on Neighbours. We caught LA-based JR at the tail-end of his trip home to visit mom in Melbourne.
Kim! Ladies first! What’s a favorite memory from your modeling career?
There are too many!
We’re sure! How has the modeling industry changed over the years?
It’s totally changed! Everything’s retouched, stretched, digital e.t.c. Back in the day it was all film and you got what you saw in front of the camera. Technology has changed absolutely everything—both in front and behind of the camera. Some of it’s great and some of it, not so much.
What are you currently working on?
Right now, The Real Housewives Of Melbourne, Levante and a shoot for Broadsheet.
All super incredible! What have been some of your favorite projects to date?
All of my jobs: they’re so diverse and take me on so many adventures! Working on Project Runway Australia as Kristy Hinze’s stylist was great fun and dressing all of the gorgeous little kids for the Vegemite campaign last year was a hoot. It’s always fun getting a bunch of the girls ready for events like the Logies and ARIAs too.
This is a stupid question, but why do you love what you do?
I’m so at ease with my craft because it has always been a part of my life. I love what clothing and “true style” can give to someone, both on the outside and the inside. I also love the diversity—Ione day it’s a shoot with a Hollywood actor, the next it’s a real-life story with “real people.”
After all these years, how do you stay inspired?
Thanks to my desire to work with whoever I’m working with and for the client to be blown away by the result. That end result is really what inspires me.
OK, onto blue eyes over there. Would you describe JR as a Mama’s Boy?
I’m proud to say JR is a Mama’s boy, even though he just stuck his finger at me!
What’s your favorite memory of baby JR?
Each stage of my son’s life has been so special to me—it’s hard to give just one answer. I have always loved the fact that he loves going off and trying so many things, and has always done them with 100% of his energy. He is incredibly multi-talented.
How does he remind you of yourself?
He definitely has my eyes, and although he would hate to admit it, my sense of humor.
What was JR like as a teenager?
On one hand a very good kid but on the other, very naughty. He was a national swimmer during the day and then he was going off in his school uniform and DJing at the top night clubs in Melbourne. At 16, he was taking his 21 year-old girlfriend to his formal and that was before he started working on Neighbours… so yes, his teenage years were rather different to other kids. JR is completely at ease with women. I was always a single mom so he’s comfortable showing his feelings, as well as being a bloke. Girls have always loved him.
Most memorable Mother’s Day to date?
JR was born on May the 11th and Mother’s Day was a few hours later!
Cute! OK, JR, over to you! Describe yourself in 3 words:
Australian, neurotic, hypochondriac
Interesting. And your sound?
Same as above
What are you currently working on?
Right now, I’m releasing a track a day (old and new material) for folks to download for free. At the end of it all, we’ll wrap it up in a bunch of physical EPs. There’s also a new project coming together with some lovely musicians, from Melbourne and over in LA, which is a bit exciting. I just finished filming a short film, The Constants, and there’s a fashion film I’m in for Levante, which should be out in Australia right about now. I also just shaved my Mom’s head.
Great job, very even. What’s been your fave gig to date?
As a performer, too many, so I’ll say my fave gig for 2014 was getting up onstage with the Violent Femme’s Gordon Gano and Spencer P. Jones at my residency at Cherry Bar. I grew up listening to the Violent Femme’s and love Spencer’s music. I was rather sloshed when they invited me up to the stage so let’s just say, I was not at peak performance. As a punter, The Boss in Toronto with Mom in 2012.
Cute! Finish this sentence: Every great song starts with…
So you live in LA. Where are your top 3 food spots?
The fruit carts, taco trucks & Barney’s Beanery on Santa Monica.
And what’s the first thing you do with your mom when you come home from LA?
I give her the biggest hug ever
Again, cute. Would you say you’re a Mama’s Boy?
Big time. We speak more than once every day, no matter how far away from each other we are. She’s still my first port of call for any consultations re: life.
If money weren’t an issue, what would you buy her for Mother’s Day?
I’d buy her a tropical island. On that island would be a beautiful house, 50-odd dogs, and an endless supply of wine.
Cue the swoon. OK, back to reality. What will you be getting her this Mother’s Day?
Nada! My bloody birthday falls on Mothers Day this year. FML!
Ugh, that sucks! Fave memory of you and your mom as a kid?
Way too many, but one memory that is forever ingrained is of our weekly dinner residency at the old Victoria Avenue Restaurant in Albert Park, VIC. Mom and her best friend—my godmother Katrina—would let me and my best buddy, Ren, run wild with our Spudgun post-dessert (Neapolitan ice cream, of course), while they got stuck into the Frangelico.
Neapolitan FTW! What qualities of your mom do you look for in a girl?
Pins. Mom’s got great pins.
Photography by Amanda Fordyce
Ladies, you have your work cut out for you! Stick around for Kim’s kale and lentil soup recipe this afternoon! What’s your favorite memory of your mom? Comment below! Pippa@sousstyle.com