Love.Life.Lara.
Marie Claire Australia|February 2021
Between giving birth to her third child amid a pandemic and celebrating six years of her beauty business, Lara Worthington had quite the year in 2020. Leaving behind the hum of Hollywood, she escapes into the Californian wilderness for a well-earned window of rejuvenation
Lara Worthington

If you got in a car and drove four hours north of Los Angeles, as Lara Worthington and photographer Darren McDonald did a few months ago, you might find yourself standing at the foot of one of the world’s biggest trees. Giant sequoias are ancient and enormous, towering cinnamon-barked behemoths that can climb up to 83 meters tall. Once upon a time, they grew all over the northern hemisphere. But today they are located almost entirely in a handful of groves scattered across the state of California, including the one that Worthington and McDonald holed up in for two days, creating this Marie claire photoshoot.

While McDonald was behind the camera, Worthington was committed to everything else, from styling – which included some of her own clothes – to doing her own hair and makeup. It was her idea to escape the city, away from the tentacles of a global pandemic and her “crazy” home in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband, actor Sam Worthington, and their three young children. “It was a special time,” she recalls, and the end results are some of her favorite photographs, mostly because they speak to her love of being immersed in nature. They are a collective of Worthington alone in the great outdoors, silhouetted against the land, water, and an endless sky above.

And besides, it was the perfect opportunity to get out of the house. Like many of us, Worthington spent most of 2020 inside. “There was a point there, in April or May, where it was just the same every day,” she recalls. “We’d get up, have a shower in the morning, and then ... ” she pauses, “... I don’t know. And you can only spend so much time on your computer.” The Worthingtons live in the Hollywood Hills, a beautiful suburb fringed with palm trees and boasting unparalleled views across the city, but also something of a dead zone for phone and TV reception. The isolation is “nice”, she admits, “but when the TV breaks, the house breaks. It’s a whole thing.”

Worthington’s home became her entire world in 2020, first because of COVID and then after giving birth to her third son in March. That was a different kind of cocoon, the one that new mums know well: the bleary-eyed newborn vacuum. Add into the equation Worthington’s two older sons, Rocket, five, and Racer, four, boisterous boys who love skateboarding and monster trucks and whom Worthington had to home school, all while raising a baby, and you have “chaos”, she jokes.

“Our house is really full of love and laughter,” she shares. “And we have a dog as well. The dog is more of a handful than anyone else. And he’s a boy too – I got so lucky with boys.”

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