Keiy­nan Lons­dale

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WHAT’S HAP­PEN­ING WITH OL­LIE IN THE FILM?

Well, he’s not quite where we ex­pected to find him in his ca­reer and he’s been some­what hum­bled by life. At the same time, he’s still Ol­lie deep down and very much in this game for him­self.

YOU’VE BEEN IN AMAZ­ING THINGS LIKE

AND SINCE THE TV SE­RIES ENDED. HOW DO YOU THINK

THEY HELPED YOU AS AN AC­TOR?

Dance Academy was my first reg­u­lar act­ing job, and it was so scary to me back then even just be­ing in front of the cam­era. I also strug­gle a bit with im­poster syn­drome, so nat­u­rally I feel like I’m al­ways in over my head when I work (or do any­thing re­ally). But I was 100% more con­fi­dent step­ping back into the shoes of Ol­lie this time round, and it al­lowed me to play with the char­ac­ter and the scenes a whole lot more, and just have fun.

DI­VER­GENT THE FLASH YOU’RE A BUSY GUY, BE­TWEEN ACT­ING, SING­ING, DANC­ING… WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?

A lot of this year will be fo­cused on mu­sic, I can’t wait to share what I’ve been cre­at­ing.

DO YOU THINK THERE WILL BE MORE DANCE ACADEMY?

In terms of more Dance Academy, it’s to­tally pos­si­ble. I mean, we were all just so ex­cited to get to make this film, and the fact that even af­ter all th­ese years the fans are still re­lat­ing to th­ese char­ac­ters, that says some­thing. Can Christian and Tara make it work? Or will suc­cess tear them apart...

WHAT WAS IT LIKE RE­TURN­ING TO DANCE ACADEMY?

It’s like com­ing home. Dance Academy holds a spe­cial place in my heart and so do the cast and crew. They’re my fam­ily and com­ing back to shoot the movie with them was like no time had passed... we were just a lit­tle older!

WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT CHRISTIAN’S STO­RY­LINE IN THE MOVIE?

Christian has fi­nally found his call­ing in life, teach­ing dance to un­der­priv­i­leged kids at a drop-in cen­tre and is very happy where he’s at, but his girl­friend Tara isn’t. She chooses to fly across the other side of the world to chase her dream and it leaves Christian very un­set­tled. He has to make a big de­ci­sion about their re­la­tion­ship...

WHAT AD­VICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO READ­ERS WHO WANT TO HAVE A CA­REER IN DANCE?

Work hard. Like un­be­liev­ably hard. You can never stop learn­ing in this art form so don’t ever be set­tled. But most im­por­tantly, en­joy it and love it.

WHEN HAVE YOU BEEN THE MOST STAR-STRUCK?

I don’t re­ally get star stuck much, but I did meet Mi­ley Cyrus and she was a total rock star!

IF YOU COULD DANCE FOR ANY SINGER/BAND IN THE WORLD, WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?

Drake. I don’t think there’s one song of his that I don’t like and his hits make me wanna dance ev­ery time.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?

I have two other films com­ing out this year. One is called Lady Bird and the other is a se­cret. But I can tell you it’s a re­vamp of a great fran­chise.

Dance Academy is in cin­e­mas April 6.

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