Aussie performer Axle Whitehead has done plenty of odd jobs while in Hollywood and now he’s hosting a game show shot in Poland
Axle Whitehead will front his first Australian TV series in nearly a decade, swapping acting for the role of game show host on The Wall.
But strangely, his return to our screens didn’t bring him back home.
LA-based Axle and The Wall contestants travelled all the way to Poland to record the new show, which is based on the popular US format produced by basketballer LeBron James.
“Most of Europe shoot on the Polish set,” Axle says.
“We flew contestants over and a production crew over.
“The Poles turned out to be just really awesome people to work with and the contestants had a blast.”
A fan of the US show, Axle was impressed the first time he saw the titular wall – a hitech Plinko board – in person.
On The Wall, teams must answer trivia questions and then turn their fate over to the four-storey high LED structure with money bins at the bottom. How much they can potentially win or lose – and that figure can go into the millions – depends where the balls land.
Its premiere on Monday was the highest rating program in the 7.30pm timeslot, beating out competitors Family Food Fight and All Star Family Feud.
“It’s quite intimidating when you see it in person,” he says. “It’s bloody massive.”
The musician and actor says he wasn’t worried about any stigma attached to being a game show host. “What attracted me about this gig is it isn’t just a game show; there’s that family aspect to it,” he says.
“We’re creating good opportunities for good people, whether it’s someone who has faced adversity or has given back to the community.”
Axle has been candid about the highs and lows of trying to make it in Hollywood. In between his guest roles in the American series Shameless and Agents of SHIELD, he had to pick up odd jobs to get by including working as a bartender, a barista and a poker player.
“The public don’t maybe understand what goes on in the life of an actor or a musician or any artist,” he says. “It’s not all beer and skittles … There are a lot of great actors who have day jobs too.”
Axle is keeping his fingers crossed for another season of The Wall.
“Hopefully it’s a big hit and we get another season; maybe LeBron will call,” he laughs. The Wall is on Monday at 7.30pm on Channel 7
Axle Whitehead has swapped acting for the role of game show host on The Wall.