Playing at elite level
CONSIDER this about Southern Cross’s hit US drama series Revenge. The female protagonist Emily Vancamp is Canadian, her on- screen boyfriend Josh Bowman is a former rugby union player from Berkshire, England, and the man behind the pilot is the Australian director Phillip Noyce.
For Bowman at least, the chance to break into Hollywood at such an early stage( 24) is not something he’s keen to brag about to his miffed American mates.
‘‘ They are actually getting a bit annoyed,’’ he says, grinning.
‘‘ It’s like ‘ Oh God, here we go. He’s English or he’s Australian’, but it’s a really good time for us both at the moment. It’s nice that we’re being given a shot.’’
It wasn’t meant to be like this for the young heart- throb. He grew up believing rugby was where he would make his mark. After winning a contract with British club Saracens, everything was going to plan when a shoulder injury effectively ended his career dream.
‘‘ I lived and breathed rugby and, like a lot of people here in Australia, I was obsessed with sport but it didn’t really work out.’’
At a dead end at only 19, it took some guts to try a new game plan.
Moving to New York, Bowman immersed himself in acting lessons and mastering the American accent.
‘‘ It was the best way to pick it up really, just crack on with it,’’ Bowman said.
But the rugby training wasn’t forgotten entirely.
‘‘ The discipline involved with being a professional sportsman . . . those traits help you in acting,’’ he said.
‘‘ Unless you’ve been through it, you have no idea what it takes to get to an elite level.
‘‘ Emily Vancamp, she was a ballet dancer and she’s one of the most disciplined people I’ve ever met. It’s nice to use that teamwork and camaraderie. And, of course, I’m very competitive.’’ Not every 25- year- old finds his feet on one of the breakthrough television hits of the year, playing the charmed life of rich kid Daniel Grayson.
While the couple are coy about confirming it, Bowman has also begun dating Vancamp – aka Emily Thorne, his on- screen love interest.
As the series reaches its season one climax, local fans can expect a bit more Daniel on their TV screens as the love triangle with Emily’s childhood flame and nice- guy bartender Jack Porter heats up.
Surprisingly, Bowman is barracking for his on- screen rival ( played by Nick Wechsler).
‘‘ I’m definitely Team Jack,’’ Bowman says. ‘‘ If I take myself out of the situation, I don’t like Daniel. [ Emily] needs to be with this lovely, unaffected, beautiful man with a boat and they can just sail off together. She deserves that.’’