Teen ac­tor eyes Hol­ly­wood

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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.”

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

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.

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