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