Nothing too sexy for this princess
EMILY Robins doesn’t want to follow other children’s TV stars into the scandal pages. The 19-year-old New Zealand actor, who won the lead part in new Australian children’s series The Elephant Princess, is very conscious of her young audience.
‘‘I had to pull out of two roles because they required sex scenes and nudity and so with a kids’ show pending I just couldn’t do it,’’ she says. ‘‘When you’re not working you’re kind of like, ‘How can I be turning down work?’, but it’s the right decision. I can’t have little kids Googling me and having that.’’
Fans of High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens were not so lucky, with the Disney singer forced to apologise last year after provocative photos of her appeared online.
In The Elephant Princess Robins plays Alex Wilson, a guitar-loving teenage girl who struggles to accept she’s actually heir to the throne of a magical kingdom.
The 26-part series, which was shot in Melbourne, features some familiar Aussie faces including Alyce Platt, Brett Climo and Damien Bodie.
It was perfect timing for Robins, who had just finished a three-year stint as the troubled Claire on Kiwi soap Shortland Street, which earned her New Zealand’s Rising Star award.
‘‘After doing something like Shortland Street, which gives you such a profile in New Zealand, everyone knows you for that and you kind of do have to break away, otherwise it’s difficult to be seen as an actor as opposed to just that character,’’ Robins says.
‘‘When I got the audition (for Elephant Princess) it was almost too good to be true because it was in Australia and such a great role.
‘‘I think a lot of kids will like Alex because she’s very heroic and she’s strong and opinionated and she’s in a band, and she’s got an annoying little sister and a crush on a boy— and then she’s told she has to be a princess and she is just so not a princess.’’
The role required Robins to work with elephant Siam, from Australia Zoo, who plays the magical Anala.
‘‘Everyone wants to know what it’s like to work with the elephant,’’ Robins says with a laugh.
‘‘This elephant’s getting more press than me, damn it. No, she was lovely. It’s amazing because I always kind of thought of elephants as kind of heavy, you know, stampeding, and quite intimidating but she was just so gentle.’’
Keeping it clean: Emily Robins as Alex in The Elephant Princess.