NOWHERE STAR’S A SHY GOTH AT HEART
Dougie Baldwin may be the breakout star of Nowhere Boys but admits he doesn’t have the confidence to take his character Felix’s goth outfits to the streets.
“I would never wear Doc Martens anywhere – I mean they’re awesome but I’m nowhere near cool enough to wear those,” says Baldwin ( Upper Middle Bogan) during a break on the Kensington set of telemovie Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows.
“I keep asking the make-up ladies ‘Do you think I could wear eyeliner outside?’ and they say ‘yeah, you could’ – but I’m just not brave enough.”
The teen fantasy series, created by Tony Ayres ( Glitch, The Home Song Stories) follows a group of mismatched kids who join forces after crossing into a parallel world in which they never existed. It became so popular on ABC3, the national broadcaster moved it to the main channel for season two.
“Parents come up to me and say it’s the one show they want to watch with their kids because it’s actually pretty good,” Baldwin (below) says.
Nowhere Boys skipped season three in favour of an ambitious 80-minute movie, released in cinemas in January and now debuting on TV.
In it Felix convinces the others to cast one last spell, unleashing a powerful force of chaos in the form of a teenage girl, Tegan (Angourie Rice) — draw your own conclusions about that. The expanded budget enabled the makers to include more action and special effects.
“I had to shoot fire out of my hand and I kept catching myself doing the sound effect and told myself I can’t do that on the take!” he laughs. Sadly, this may be the last we see of the original Nowhere Boys.
“Us boys are getting older and we want to be trying other things, so I don’t know how much involvement we’ll have,” he says. So could Nowhere Girls take over? “That would be a cool idea,” he says.
NOWHERE BOYS: THE BOOK OF SHADOWS, ABC3, SUNDAY, 6.30PM