WENGIE ADDS EXTRA PUFF
She’s one of Australia’s most famous faces but she hasn’t appeared on TV until now.
Australian-Chinese social media star Wengie, who has nearly nine million YouTube followers, makes her debut as the new fourth Powerpuff Girl on Cartoon Network on Saturday.
After working with the payTV channel to design some merchandise, Wengie – real name Wendy Ayche – was surprised by an offer for the long-running series.
“Cartoon Network reached out to my email and said ‘we want you to do this voice’ and I was like ‘there is no fourth Powerpuff Girl. Is this a prank or a scam?’ I thought it wasn’t real so I just gave it to my team and said ‘can you make sure it’s a real offer?’
“Obviously it was very hush hush and they said oh, wait, you still have to audition. I’d never auditioned for anything before. It was such a huge relief when I got the role.”
Blisstina, or Bliss for short, will feature in five episodes airing over Saturday and Sunday.
Before Professor Utonium created the three Powerpuff Girls viewers know and love, he created a little girl who embodied all of their traits.
After a mysterious disappearance, Bliss returns to the city of Townsville as a teenager to discover she has three younger sisters.
“Even though she’s older than the older girls, she’s very insecure and vulnerable,” Wengie says. “She’s been alone, an island for so long, she doesn’t know how to act in front of other people. She’s very powerful but she can’t control it. I think Bliss is so relatable as a character. She shows viewers you can be weird and alone and different, but you have so much potential in you, you just have to see it and unlock it.” Cartoon Network’s five-part Bliss special starts on Saturday at 4.15pm on Foxtel
YouTube star Wengie, aka Wendy Ayche.