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.