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Inside Pia Whitesell’s transition from soap star to budding beauty mogul

Pia Whitesell quickly became a household name when she debuted on screen as cop Katarina Chapman on soap Home and Away in February 2015, later quitting in 2017. 

Fast forward six years, and the actress is now adding beauty mogul to her credentials with her skincare line Macabalm, launched in November last year.

The 37-year-old, who wed American multimillionaire agent Patrick Whitesell, 56, this year, told The Herald Sun how she managed to turn that dream into a reality. 

‘I’ve really enjoyed stepping away from the camera’: Inside Pia Whitesell’s incredible transition from soap star to budding beauty mogul as she gives a behind the scenes look at skincare line

Pia is the founder of Macabalm, a multipurpose balm made of organic macadamia and Kakadu Plum, retailing from $19.95 to $45.95 online.

It took four years for the brand to eventuate, with the Chilean-born star revealing how her experience on set and in the makeup chair gave her a business advantage.

‘You have access to find out what works… and then when you have the product, you have access to give it to colleagues, to have the exposure, to have the ‘reach’ that other people might not have, just by having done what I’ve done,’ she explained.

Beauty and brains: The former Home and Away star launched Macabalm in November last year, a multipurpose balm that took four years to eventuate. The Chilean-born star revealed to The Herald Sun how her experience on set and in the makeup chair gave her a business advantage

Beauty and brains: The former Home and Away star launched Macabalm in November last year, a multipurpose balm that took four years to eventuate. The Chilean-born star revealed to The Herald Sun how her experience on set and in the makeup chair gave her a business advantage

Pia said she has no plans on returning to acting and is making Macabalm her focus.

‘There really hasn’t been much time for anything else career-wise and I have really enjoyed stepping back from being in front of the camera, being out there in that way, and being behind the scenes of this brand,’ she said.

Pia, who is now based in Los Angeles, also has somewhat of a guinea pig in husband Patrick, who uses the product. 

Key to success: 'You have access to find out what works… and then when you have the product, you have access to give it to colleagues, to have the exposure, to have the 'reach' that other people might not have, just by having done what I've done,' Pia explained

Key to success: ‘You have access to find out what works… and then when you have the product, you have access to give it to colleagues, to have the exposure, to have the ‘reach’ that other people might not have, just by having done what I’ve done,’ Pia explained 

Content: Pia said she has no plans on returning to acting and is making Macabalm her focus. 'There really hasn't been much time for anything else career-wise and I have really enjoyed stepping back from being in front of the camera,' she told the outlet

Content: Pia said she has no plans on returning to acting and is making Macabalm her focus. ‘There really hasn’t been much time for anything else career-wise and I have really enjoyed stepping back from being in front of the camera,’ she told the outlet 

‘Patrick steals it all the time when he’s playing golf and he’s out there… in the elements,’ she said.

While she’s yet to reveal the exact date of her nuptials, Pia changed her Instagram bio to ‘Pia Whitesell’ and was spotted earlier this year with a stunning wedding band.

She did however announce their engagement in November on Instagram, proudly showing off her incredible sparkling diamond ring in the photo captioned ‘PW²’. 

In the picture taken in Malibu, California, Pia and Patrick held onto glasses of sparkling wine and shared a celebratory toast. 

Happily married: Pia wed American multimillionaire agent Patrick Whitesell (pictured), 56, this year. While she's yet to reveal the exact date of her nuptials, Pia changed her Instagram bio to 'Pia Whitesell' and was spotted earlier this year with a stunning wedding band

Happily married: Pia wed American multimillionaire agent Patrick Whitesell (pictured), 56, this year. While she’s yet to reveal the exact date of her nuptials, Pia changed her Instagram bio to ‘Pia Whitesell’ and was spotted earlier this year with a stunning wedding band

With the pandemic prompting international border closures, Pia had been living in Sydney while Patrick was based in Los Angeles. She arrived in LA earlier this month. 

Pia was first linked to the Hollywood power agent in August 2019, following her split with her longtime fiancé, Tyson Mullane. 

In April 2019, The Daily Telegraph reported that Pia and Tyson had ‘amicably’ ended their 18-month engagement, with Tyson moving out of their Sydney home. 

Celebrations: Pia did however announce their engagement in November on Instagram, proudly showing off her incredible sparkling diamond ring in this photo captioned 'PW²'

Celebrations: Pia did however announce their engagement in November on Instagram, proudly showing off her incredible sparkling diamond ring in this photo captioned ‘PW²’

Meanwhile, Pia and Patrick made their public debut at a Halloween party in Los Angeles in October that year, amid reports they’d started dating back in May.

She finally made their relationship ‘Instagram Official’ last Christmas Eve, sharing a loved-up photo with Patrick outside of the Louvre in Paris, and captioning it ‘P²’.

The couple made their red carpet debut at last year’s Academy Awards held in Los Angeles in February.  

Pia and Patrick’s romance follows the breakdown of Patrick’s marriage to Lauren Sanchez, who is now reportedly engaged to Amazon boss Jeff Bezos. 

Going public: Pia made their relationship 'Instagram Official' on Christmas Eve in 2019. She shared this loved-up photo with Patrick outside of the Louvre in Paris, captioning it 'P²'

Going public: Pia made their relationship ‘Instagram Official’ on Christmas Eve in 2019. She shared this loved-up photo with Patrick outside of the Louvre in Paris, captioning it ‘P²’

Stepping out: The couple made their red carpet debut at last year's Academy Awards held in Los Angeles in February

Stepping out: The couple made their red carpet debut at last year’s Academy Awards held in Los Angeles in February

Ex-wife: Pia and Patrick's romance follows the breakdown of Patrick's marriage to Lauren Sanchez, who is now reportedly engaged to Amazon boss Jeff Bezos. Patrick and Lauren are pictured in March, 2013

Ex-wife: Pia and Patrick’s romance follows the breakdown of Patrick’s marriage to Lauren Sanchez, who is now reportedly engaged to Amazon boss Jeff Bezos. Patrick and Lauren are pictured in March, 2013 

The former couple wed in 2005 and reportedly separated towards the end of 2018. 

Patrick is the CEO of Hollywood talent agency WME and represents the likes of Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Hugh Jackman.  

He is worth an estimated US$440million (AU$630million), according to Forbes. 

Pia is also a proud mother to sons Isaiah, 18, and Lennox, 14, who she shares with former partners. 

Former flame: Pia was first linked to the Hollywood power agent in August 2019, following her split with her longtime fiancé, Tyson Mullane (pictured)

Former flame: Pia was first linked to the Hollywood power agent in August 2019, following her split with her longtime fiancé, Tyson Mullane (pictured) 

Motherhood: Pia is also a proud mother to sons Isaiah (centre), 18, and Lennox (right), 14, who she shares with former partners

Motherhood: Pia is also a proud mother to sons Isaiah (centre), 18, and Lennox (right), 14, who she shares with former partners 


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