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Bren­ton Th­waites, who stars in the lat­est Pi­rates of

the Caribbean, talks movies, ba­bies and his love of Oz.

It’s easy to see Bren­ton Th­waites as a young heart-throb who ful­filled his swash­buck­ling dreams by play­ing sailor-turned-pi­rate Henry Turner in the fifth in­stal­ment of the Hol­ly­wood mega fran­chise Pi­rates of the Caribbean.

Dead Men Tell No Tales in­deed felt like child’s play to him as he had “waited to do that since I was, like, five years old”, he ad­mits, when Soap

World meets the charm­ing Aussie at The Mon­tage ho­tel in Bev­erly Hills. “I think it started around the time that I saw [1991 hit film] Hook.

“When I saw that movie I just wanted to be Peter Pan and fly and do these crazy sword fights. Then

Pi­rates came along when I was a bit older, in my early teens, and it be­came a whole new thing, with the su­per­nat­u­ral el­e­ment and the whole new wave of CGI tech­nol­ogy. And I also loved the com­edy, so yeah, it was some­thing I played around with as a kid.”

But the as­pir­ing thes­pian is a ris­ing star and se­ri­ous ac­tor to be reck­oned with. Ad­mit­tedly, even Bren­ton him­self ac­knowl­edges that he eas­ily looks 10 years younger than his ac­tual age of 27. “I look 17,” he laughs. And it’s prob­a­bly his boy­ish good looks that got him a foot into the door of show­biz. As has be­come

“I’ll al­ways call Aus­tralia home. It’s a hard place to leave.”

tra­di­tion for many start­ing ac­tors in Aus­tralia — in­clud­ing Melissa Ge­orge, Isla Fisher and Chris Hemsworth — the Queens­lan­der got his first taste in front of the cam­eras in Home and Away, in which he played Stu Hen­der­son. His first Amer­i­can pro­duc­tion was the tele­vi­sion film

re­make of clas­sic movie The Blue La­goon, in which he played the ro­man­tic lead, fol­lowed by por­tray­ing Prince Charm­ing in the An­gelina Jolie-star­rer Malef­i­cent. Since, he’s been mix­ing up dra­matic char­ac­ters and roles ap­peal­ing to the young-adult au­di­ence. His roots, though, are in the the­atre. “The first mo­ment I thought, ‘I can do this. I am good at this. I love this’, was when I was act­ing in Romeo and Juliet on stage as part of an out­side-of-school the­atre group [in Cairns] that was led by a woman called Mag­gie Shep­herd Smith. She was a fan­tas­tic teacher and ba­si­cally showed us kids the fun in be­ing an ac­tor. I try and keep those lessons with my work even to­day.”

Bren­ton even re­calls the mo­ment he caught the act­ing bug. “I had read Shake­speare at school and wanted to burn ev­ery sin­gle Shake­speare book I’d ever read, but when I did Romeo and Juliet I re­alised: Shake­speare is meant to be acted! It was writ­ten to be spo­ken. The words, when spo­ken, feel amaz­ing.”

Bren­ton’s great­est role so far, how­ever, is play­ing Daddy to daugh­ter Birdie. He and his part­ner, Chloe Pacey, gave their lit­tle girl this name be­cause “she tweets all the time”, he says with a laugh. “It’s great. It’s ex­cit­ing. It’s changed me in the sense that ev­ery­thing’s a lit­tle bit more planned now. I was the kind of guy that would just roll with the flow, and I trav­elled with a back­pack and a gui­tar for years. Hav­ing a kid kind of was great be­cause it forced me to think about my life, where I want to live, what kind of films I want to do, and have a lit­tle bit of a re-think about my goals and what’s pos­si­ble.”

He con­tin­ues, his eyes light­ing up: “The great­est thing about be­ing a dad is bring­ing your baby to set, be­cause you get these fan­tas­tic pho­tos of you in these weird cos­tumes with your baby. And I just can fore­see my­self in 10 or 20 years look­ing back at the photo of me cov­ered in mud in my World War II out­fit with my daugh­ter [Bren­ton’s up­com­ing thriller movie Ghosts of War, is set in world War II].”

Alas, Dead Men Tell No Tales was shot be­fore he be­came a fa­ther in March last year, so don’t ex­pect any pic­tures of pi­rates un­der Birdie’s spell. “I didn’t have a baby on this one. Not yet,” he tells. How­ever, thanks to Pi­rates of the Caribbean, Bren­ton met the love of his life. As the film was shoot­ing on the Gold Coast, the ac­tor needed a place to stay. It just so hap­pened that Chloe was his house­mate.

“She’s a painter and start­ing to be a natur­opath,” he says. “It was amaz­ing. I was stay­ing 20 min­utes down the road from the stu­dio in my own house. It kind of cre­ated a re­lax­ing, com­fort­ing en­vi­ron­ment for me. Com­pletely two dif­fer­ent worlds. I was at work on this mas­sive fran­chise with hun­dreds of peo­ple, and then I’d drive 20 min­utes down south and I’d be at a lit­tle cof­fee shop in a sleepy lit­tle surf town.”

Now, the happy cou­ple calls Los An­ge­les home. Well, “Me, my part­ner and our baby have been trav­el­ling around for the first year of her life,” Bren­ton re­veals. Plus, “I’ll al­ways call Aus­tralia home. It’s a hard place to leave. I’ve been in Los An­ge­les for most of my 20s, try­ing to make it as an ac­tor. But I’m al­ways look­ing at go­ing back for Aus­tralian sto­ries. It’s funny, ev­ery time I move to Amer­ica, I get a movie back in Aus­tralia,” he laughs.

He who not only shot Dead Men Tell No Tales Down Un­der, but also last year’s Gods of Egypt, with Ger­ard But­ler. “I just moved back to Hol­ly­wood in Fe­bru­ary, and I am just wait­ing for that one call …”

Bren­ton Th­waites as Henry Turner in Pi­rates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. And as Prince Charm­ing (aka Prince Phillip) with Elle Fan­ning (as Aurora) in Malef­i­cent. Bren­ton and Chloe at the re­cent LA pre­miere of Dead Men Tell No Tales. The star with our writer Anke Hof­mann.

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