NOWHERE STAR’S A SHY GOTH AT HEART

Herald Sun - Switched On - - COVER STORY - AN­DREW FEN­TON EN­TER­TAIN­MENT WRITER

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

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