DAMI IM GETS A NEW ‘DO FOR ANIMATED MOVIE ADVENTURE TROLLS
Trolls are something we aim to avoid in our technology-driven lives, but Dami Im has a fresh perspective after lending her voice to one of the mischievous critters in a new animated adventure.
The 28-year-old X-Factor winner from Logan has a cameo in feel-good film Trolls, a spot she scored after catching none other than Justin Timberlake’s attention.
“Justin Timberlake actually premiered Can’t Stop the Feeling at Eurovision for the first time, which is the theme song for Trolls,” Dami explains.
“It was cool because I was there and he mentioned something about my performance in an interview, which I thought was awesome, and now this. I was approached afterwards to see if I was interested in doing a small part and I thought, of course, it sounded like such a fun thing to do.
“The character I got given was Justin’s grandma, Rosie Puff ... maybe they thought I sounded like a grandma.”
Dami learned the musical ropes at the Queensland Conservatorium in South Bank and, while she has a wealth of musical knowledge, studio animation was a new experience.
“It was the first time for me ever doing a voiceover for an animation, so I didn’t really know what to expect,” she says.
“You stand in the studio and watch that scene you’ll be recording and you have to match the mouthing of the character and the emotion. I just had to make it up on the spot and try different things.”
Dami says her role is nothing major and she was just grateful for the experience – though some would argue any part in a global film is something to boast about.
“It didn’t take very long – it’s only a very small part. It was just something quick and for fun,” Dami says.
“For me it was a chance for a new experience, to see what actually happens in the recording booths and how people make animations because I had no idea.”
Dami attended the Australian premiere of Trolls alongside Timberlake, where she watched the film for the first time.
“I sat there really entertained for the whole duration of the film,” she says.
“The message is great – it’s funny, it’s feel good.
“It’s perfect for children, but also adults like myself – beautiful from start to end.”
Timberlake has said in interviews Trolls has a timely message and is a movie he is happy to show his 19-month- old son. With ongoing themes of optimism and friendship, Dami agrees.
“The message is about friendship and being optimistic and celebrating life no matter what happens or comes your way,” she says.
“And if you provide friendship to others and rely on your friends things get easier.
“Justin’s character is the only troll that’s really pessimistic, but I shouldn’t really say anything more because of spoilers.”
So with a voiceover role under her belt, is a future in film and acting in Dami’s future? Maybe, but music comes first. “I would love to try out new stuff but obviously music is my biggest passion,” she says.
“If I get more great opportunities like this that pop up I’ll definitely put my hand up. I think when you say yes to things it leads to other amazing opportunities.
“Doing new things like going to Eurovision or working with fashion or this voiceover or musicals I just learn so much from these new experiences.”
There’s plenty of excitement in Dami’s life, with Trolls, touring, fashion, charity, a newly announced role in Grease: The Arena Experience and generally being Australia’s golden girl – the talented allrounder says it might be time for a holiday on the Coast.
“I had my show at Twin Towns just a couple of weeks ago and it was a sold-out show,” she says.
“I just felt so much love there and I was so happy it sold out, but that meant some people didn’t get to come so maybe I will have to visit again soon. I love coming to the GC. I would actually love to come up and just go to the beach or have a holiday, it’s just so beautiful every time I go.” Trolls opens in cinemas today