Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Chloe Fraser

Last year was a big one for Rock­ing­ham­raised ac­tor Krystina Tasker.

Since leav­ing for the glit­ter­ing lights of Los An­ge­les al­most six years ago, Tasker has well and truly ful­filled her act­ing dreams.

The past 12 months have been a wild ride for the 23- year- old, who landed sev­eral act­ing gigs, in­clud­ing a re­cur­ring role on soap opera Days of Our Lives, to voic­ing hit video game Life is Strange, and ap­pear­ing in a com­mer­cial with John Cena.

But a sur­pris­ing role in up­com­ing Hol­ly­wood film Wyrm had the for­mer John Curtin Col­lege of the Arts stu­dent on the edge of her seat.

Di­rected by Christopher Win­ter­bauer, Wyrm is set in 1995 in an al­ter­nate re­al­ity where chil­dren’s sex­ual and emo­tional de­vel­op­ments are mon­i­tored by their school district us­ing re­mote mon­i­tor­ing col­lars.

The col­lars can only be re­moved once a child com­pletes their first sex­ual de­vel­op­ment re­quire­ment — hav­ing his or her first kiss.

Join­ing co- stars Rhea See­horn ( Bet­ter Call Saul) and Sosie Ba­con ( 13 Rea­sons Why), Tasker wrapped up film­ing for the movie back in Au­gust.

She de­scribed her role in Wyrm as one of her most chal­leng­ing yet.

“The project came as a sur­prise to me,” she said.

“I re­mem­ber af­ter I au­di­tioned I thought I’d never be right for the role, but within 24 hours I had booked the job and started work a week later.

“My char­ac­ter Alexis is one of the more ma­ture girls in school. She passes her sex­u­al­ity test ear­lier than most her age and is one of the first to re­move her re­mote mon­i­tor­ing col­lars. There’s parts of the movie that were a bit of a stretch for me, but I got through it even­tu­ally and it was a re­ally fun ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Re­cently join­ing the ac­tors union in LA, the 23- year- old said she was fo­cused on im­prov­ing her craft and learn­ing more about the in­dus­try. “You have to build a re­ally tough skin . . . hear­ing ‘ no’ over and over again,” she said.

“But when we hear ‘ yes’, you know all the train­ing and work has paid off.

“I just want to be in a place where I am con­sis­tently book­ing work.”

Krystina Tasker has had a suc­cess­ful year as an ac­tress in Los An­ge­les.

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