In 2015, she became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, riding Prince of Penzance to the trophy despite the odds of a 100-1 chance.
Four years on, Michelle Payne’s history making win is hitting the big-screen in Rachel Griffiths’ directorial debut, Ride Like A Girl.
On Thursday, the 33-year-old stopped by Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty drive-time radio show to talk about the film and her thoughts on Teresa Palmer playing her.
Straight from the horse’s mouth! Michelle Payne heaps praise on Teresa Palmer as she opens up about new film Ride Like A Girl on Thursday’s episode of Kate, Tim & Marty
‘It’s been four years and It’s only taken you a feature film to get here’, joked Marty, prompting a chuckle from Michelle.
The 4’9 pocket-rocket began by telling the hosts that Rachel found her first directorial project a daunting task at first.
‘It was quite a difficult one for her to start off, dealing with Thoroughbreds and all’, she said, before clarifying, ‘they aren’t that easy to work with’.
Girl Power: In 2015 Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, riding Prince of Penzance to the trophy despite the long odds 100-1 chance.
Teresa Palmer plays Michelle in the film, while veteran actor Sam Neil plays her father, Paddy Payne.
And despite having no choice in the casting of Teresa, Michelle couldn’t contain her approval, as she heaped praise on the Hacksaw Ridge actress.
‘Teresa and Sam are the ultimate professionals’. she said.
‘It was quite a difficult one for her to start off’, Michelle said of Rachel Griffith’s directorial debut, ‘they [thoroughbreds] aren’t that easy to work with’ she added. Pictured Sept. 9 2019
Michelle told the hosts that Teresa would work closely with her in order to prepare for the role, spending time on the farm to see how she interacts with the horses.
‘Teresa blew me away’, she admitted,’It was so believable to watch me, be me’.
And raise for the up and coming actress didn’t end there, with Michelle going on to say: ‘she is one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met’, and concluded by calling Teresa ‘a really strong woman’.
This extraordinary film celebrates 15 years of a woman’s determination and resilience to realise her dream,’ Rachel told ABC on Tuesday. Pictured Teresa Palmer as Michelle Payne
Approved: Michelle spoke highly of Teresa telling Kate, Tim & Marty: ‘she is one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met’, before adding, ‘[she is] a really strong woman’. Pictured Feb. 5, 2019
Fresh to Los Angeles from home-town Adelaide, the then 19-year-old actress told the magazine that an important member of a film’s production forced himself into her trailer one day, in the attempt to force her to do something she did not want to do.
‘I wish I could go back to my 19-year-old self and give her support,’ the 33-year-old said of the incident, that left her feeling ‘isolated and alone’.
Giddy up: Ride Like A Girl is the directorial debut film from Rachel Griffith and is a big screen adaption of Michelle Payne’s history making Melbourne Cup win in 2015