Image from the Qantas campaign featuring Lexie Lawson and Leon Gulaptis. Photos: Brent Winstone/Qantas
Image from the Qantas campaign featuring Lexie Lawson and Leon Gulaptis. Photos: Brent Winstone/Qantas

Maclean's Leon Gulaptis and wife Lexie star in Qantas ad

IT is always interesting to see what former Clarence Valley folk get up to after they leave school and the area, especially when they enjoy an international career in Hollywood.

Leon Gulaptis, who grew up in Maclean, is certainly compiling an interesting resume as he pursues his acting career.

Leon, the Los Angeles-based son of Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis, recently ventured down the modelling path with his wife Lexie Lawson, a LA native and noted singer and actor as the people of Maclean have already witnessed at a local charity fundraiser.

The pair flew back home at Christmas time but not before managing to work right up until they literally boarded the plane.

Leon and Lexie were asked by a friend to feature in an advertising campaign for the new Qantas first-class lounge at Los Angeles International Airport.

"We had a night time flight so the timing was perfect," Leon said.

"It was a really relaxed, fun shoot."

Unlike their A-lister colleagues, Leon and Lexie didn't get a first-class flight home.

"They did let us in the business-class lounge and it was awesome; showers, open bar and food," Leon said.

"But we were actually flying Fiji (airlines) home so it was economy. We even tried the old "just married" trick but they weren't having it."

The photos from the shoot are being distributed by Qantas for editorial purposes and are featured on the company website.

First-class experience

The LAX first-class lounge was designed by Australian industrial designer Marc Newson who has been described as the most influential of his generation worldwide. Features of the lounge include Californian Knoll furniture selected by Newson, with superior lounge finishes including American oak walls, Tuscan Carrara marbled floors and 48 foot-long bar, and Tai Ping wool carpets from Hong Kong featuring the renowned Qantas First Lounge hex design.

Similar to the flagship First Lounge in Sydney, the new LAX creation features a 74-seat restaurant and bar where customers can select from a Neil Perry Rockpool-designed a la carte menu while enjoying a view of the open-style kitchen.

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