LEVI’S GENES

This boy from Brisbane has be­come a movie star and a muse for Ralph Lau­ren.

Five Star Kids - - WWW. FIVESTARKIDSMAGAZINE.COM. AU - Words Lau­ren McGroder

What do the boy that never grew up and the boy from Brisbane have in com­mon? More than first meets the eye, it would seem. Levi Miller, the 12-yearold ac­tor with big blue eyes who oc­ca­sion­ally an­swers to Pe­ter, is rid­ing a wave of suc­cess af­ter claim­ing the lead role in the block­buster film of 2015. His lat­est project sees him take the helm of the Ralph Lau­ren chil­dren’s line, and he’s do­ing it all with sig­na­ture charisma.

Un­like other adap­ta­tions of JM Bar­rie’s 1904 play, ‘ Pe­ter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up’, Joe Wright’s ethe­real film is an ori­gin story that be­gins one fate­ful evening when Pe­ter is whisked away from his Lon­don or­phan­age and trans­ported to the whim­si­cal world of Nev­er­land.

In a kalei­do­scopic film, Levi lends the story authen­tic ap­peal. Clever and spir­ited, much like the fic­tional char­ac­ter he por­trays, he never fal­ters in front of the press but an­swers the ques­tions that count in ex­actly the way you would ex­pect of a 12-year-old boy. His favourite ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing film­ing? The stunts.

Stunts are just one op­por­tu­nity the film has af­forded Levi, now a well sea­soned traveller. He lived in The Lang­ham, Lon­don, for seven months while the movie was filmed, his mother, Meg, quit­ting her job in a Brisbane nurs­ing home to make the move to the UK. He’s still able to call Aus­tralia home, how­ever, and is al­ready sched­uled to star in two films shot in Western Aus­tralia in 2016, ‘Blue Dog’ and ‘Jasper Jones’.

In an in­ter­view with the ‘Los An­ge­les Times’, ‘Pan’ film di­rec­tor Dixie Chas­say com­mented, “There was some­thing about him where we just said, ‘ That’s it’ ... It’s very tricky. You need some­one who has

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FIVE STAR KIDS VOL­UME 7 2015 to be spe­cial, but also that ev­ery child has to con­nect to. It has to be some­one both or­di­nary and ex­tra­or­di­nary. And Levi had that.”

He’s cer­tainly re­lat­able to his Aus­tralian au­di­ence, grow­ing up in the sub­urb of Greenslopes prior to his sil­ver- screen de­but and arm­ing him­self with Aus­tralian schoolboy charm in the often over­whelm­ing realm of show­biz. Levi has a so­cial me­dia pres­ence as im­pres­sive as any A-lister and counts high-pro­file celebri­ties from Hugh Jack­man to English model, Cara Delev­ingne, among his col­leagues and friends.

Per­haps this con­trib­uted to his foray into the world of fash­ion. Of his role at the helm of Ralph Lau­ren, Levi teased, “It was awe­some, I got to hang out with this pretty girl.” Pretty girls are not the only perk when you’re the face of the 2015 Fall Chil­dren’s cam­paign that took its in­spi­ra­tion from the film it­self, with the young ac­tor get­ting the op­por­tu­nity to meet the man be­hind by brand. “He [Ralph] told me he wanted to be an ac­tor when he was younger; I was quite amazed by that.”

Ap­pro­pri­ately shot on the tall ship Pek­ing at the South Street Sea­port by Matt Jones in New York City, the Fall 2015 line is fash­ion meets fan­tasy, with stripes and plaid in cosy tex­tures mixed with leather and sporty sil­hou­ettes, and very much in­spired by the con­cept of ex­plo­ration.

De­spite the di­rec­tion that his life has taken and the mag­i­cal ef­fect of ‘Pan’, Levi is, at his heart, a sen­si­ble kid from the sub­urbs. When asked his ad­vice for kids with big dreams Levi rea­sons, “Ob­vi­ously fol­low their dreams, but they need to have a backup plan… My backup plan was to be­come an ar­chae­ol­o­gist.” Spo­ken with true wis­dom.

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