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MERMAIDS Phoebe Tonkin, Cariba Heine and Claire Holt long ago moved on to bigger ponds from the Gold Coastfilmed international kids hit H20 Just Add Water.
Tonkin went on to Australian action film Tomorrow When the War Began and cult Canadian horror series The Secret Circle, Heine to The Pacific and Dance Academy, and Holt to US hits Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries.
Now a second wave of H20stars is on the cusp of stardom, among them Cleo Massey.
The Mermaid Waters 18-year-old was 11 when she got her break on H20, appearing in more than 70 episodes of the hit kids show.
Massey played Tonkin’s on-screen sister Kim, ‘‘a bit of a cow’’. ‘‘Little sisters are supposed to be annoying,’’ Massey says with a laugh.
‘‘People who loved the show used to get on the website and talk about how much they hated her, but that made her fun to play. I got to be as cheeky in front of the cameras as I liked.’’
Unlike the show’s trio of main players, Kim had no special powers. Nor did her real-life alter ego Massey ever wear a mermaid’s tail.
‘‘I’d watch the older girls and wish I could – especially as an 11 and 12-year-old,’’ she says.
Massey may have grown up since she filmed H20, but she remains fresh in viewers minds.
‘‘I worked in a juice bar for a while and people were always coming up and saying, ‘Aren’t you that girl from H20?’ ’’
Massey’s most recent projects include a role in The Little Things, filmed in Brisbane in 2010, playing a young version of the film’s star Kathryn Beck ( East of Everything) in flashback scenes. The film aired in Toronto last week, securing an almost global distribution deal.
Massey is also the star of the new short film I’m Home, penned by local Mitch Ziems. She works in the film alongside her real-life mum, Wendy Waters-massey, an actress and performing arts teacher. I’m Home screens as part of the short film program at Gold Coast Film Festival next month.
Massey’s family has the acting bug. Dad makes videos and little brother Joey, 12, has appeared in films and on TV shows.
Gold Coast Film Festival plays Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas, Australia Fair, Southport from April 19 to 29.
See Cleo Massey at Gold Coast Film Festival