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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

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