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Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne)
FILM & TV
Erika’s charm, easy-going nature, quick wit and scrupulous professionalism have made her the perfect television presenter.
Her first foray into this realm came when she headed Channel 9's health and lifestyle series Body and Soul–a perfect role for the self-confessed health and fitness nut.
This was quickly followed by Network 10’s reality construction series, Hot House, and then as host of FOX8’s Australia’s Next Top Model. This won her an Astra Award for Favourite Female Personality and she became the Australian correspondent and guest judge on America’s Next Top Model. She also shot the pilot for an American live fashion-styling show, Glam Me Up, for The CW network.
Erika’s transition into the heightened world of live television was smooth and seamless, so, when invited to be co-host of Seven Network’s live singing competition show It Takes Two she jumped at the chance to further extend herself and hone her skills.
Erika excelled in this role and cemented her place as one of Australia’s most popular television presenters.
She is a regular guest on Channel 9’s The Today Show, Channel 7’s The Morning Show and Daily Edition, 10's Celebrity Name Game and also won the TVSN Celebrity Challenge that required competitors to sell products, unscripted and live on air. Erika’s persuasive, comedic spruiking saw her make the most sales with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Most recently, Erika has presented on two seasons of 7's Habitus House of the Year, celebrating the diverse, vibrant design and architecture of homes in the Indo-Pacific region.
Erika’s instincts in front of a camera meant that a pivot into acting was a natural progression. A guest role as Charlotte, the new villain in town, on one of Australia's most popular television shows, Channel 7’s Home and Away gave Erika the joyful task of playing the series’ ‘uber bitch’ for several months, delighting audiences with her twisted, manipulative ways.
Then, after taking a bullet and plunging into a watery grave in the series’ finale, the network created their very first Home and Away app—a ‘whodunit’ game designed to keep audiences on the edge of their seats over the summer hiatus. Fans the world over were hooked.
Erika has also featured on season 2 & 3 of the SBS comedy series The Family Law and in Rockstar Games’ much-lauded interactive detective story L.A. Noire which earned Erika a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in the NAVGTR Awards.
It wasn’t long before the big screen beckoned and Erika played the female lead in Shane Abbess’ critically acclaimed feature film Gabriel, released worldwide by Sony pictures. She also had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it role in George Miller’s mega hit Mad Max: Fury Road as Tom Hardy’s wife and this year joined the lucky few actors on the only working film set in the world during the covid 19, for a soon to be released reimagining of Stephen King’s “Children of The Corn”
VIDEO// Habitus House of The Year S2 Teneriffe House Erika Heynatz
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