Happy to be feel­ing blue

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Cover Story - HOLLY BYRNES

IN­DI­ANA Evans is hav­ing the kind of ca­reer you’d ex­pect to see in a travel brochure, not a re­sume.

She learned her craft on the sandy beaches of Home and Away and the 22-year-old re­cently shot Blue La­goon: The Awak­en­ing on the is­land par­adise of Maui.

It’s a mod­ern take on the clas­sic coming-of-age movie which cat­a­pulted Brooke Shields to su­per star­dom. An­other Sum­mer Bay grad­u­ate came along as the other lead, Slide star Bren­ton Th­waites.

Play­ing Em­ma­line ‘‘ Emma’’ Robin­son, the doe-eyed role Shields made fa­mous, came with a de­gree of pres­sure that went be­yond spend­ing most of the shoot in a bikini.

‘‘ Any time you play a part that some­one else has done be­fore you, there’s al­ways added pres­sure,’’ Evans says.

The film screened in the US late last year and proved a launch­ing pad for the young stars. Th­waites has just wrapped Malef­i­cent, op­po­site An­gelina Jolie; while Evans is screen-test­ing for a num­ber of US projects and has re­turned to her Crown­ies char­ac­ter Ta­tum No­vak for the new ABC spin-off, Janet King. Blue La­goon: The Awak­en­ing, Pre­miere HD, Thurs­day, 3.35pm

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