WENGIE ADDS EX­TRA PUFF

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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.

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