Teen actor eyes Hollywood
VARSITY Lakes teenager Samantha Macgillivray has her sights set on Hollywood.
The 17-year-old Miami High School graduate started acting training when she was 13 at Spotlight Theatre in Bundall and has starred in film and television shows during her blossoming career.
She has most recently starred as Ava in the Television movie A Summer to Remember with JAG actor Catherine Bell.
“I think I knew from very early in my acting training that I wanted to be a professional actor and do it for a living,” she said.
“I’m inspired by great acting and I watch a ridiculous amount of film.
“I love that you can transport yourself to another experience, another life, and live and feel whatever the character you’re portraying feels.”
She scored her first screen acting job as a TV presenter on Australian preschool themed TV show Wurrawhy.
“I remember feeling super proud that I got to be on TV as a presenter,” she said.
“It was filmed on Miami Beach right here on the Gold Coast, and we did the voiceover in the fully-equipped station wagon.
“I’ve done a few short films for film and screen media students at Bond University which won numerous awards on the International Short Film Circuit.”
Ms Macgillivray has worked with Welsh actor Ioan Gruffud on television drama series Harrow, playing Caterina Wedburg, the daughter of a murdered woman.
“Ioan was amazingly sweet and really encouraging. It was so exciting seeing it on TV this year,” she said.
Most recently, Ms Macgillivray filmed on location in Fiji for the Hallmark movie A Summer to Remember.
“It was like being on a free vacation and everyone in the crew and cast were incredibly sweet and supportive,” she said. “There were actually four other Aussie actors in the cast so it was kind of a home away from home.
“By the end we were like a
blended family of Americans, Fijians and Aussies.”
Juggling school and her acting commitments was difficult but Ms Macgillivray said her goal was to move to Hollywood or the UK to continue her professional acting career.
“I would love to do a big feature film or TV series, either here or in the USA,” she said.
“I’m concentrating on my US accent in the new year then I’ll be working on my British, it makes you more versatile.
“If you have the desire and determination, and of course some natural talent, then success is totally achievable in the film and screen media industry, I’m proof.
“I’m just super grateful to have found my passion so early in life.”
GIRL ON FILM: Samantha Macgillivray, 17, from Varsity Lakes has taken her acting career to the next level, appearing in a Hallmark movie filmed in Fiji.