Big ad­ven­tures

The young Aus­tralian star of the new film Pan also flies the world as the baby face of Polo Ralph Lau­ren’s ju­nior line

The Sunday Telegraph - ST Kids - - CONTENTS - In­ter­view by Natasha Silva-Jelly

Meet the 12-year-old Ralph Lau­ren model who is the new Peter Pan

If Peter Pan is the boy that never grows up, the lat­est new­comer to step into his shadow on the big screen, 12-year-old Levi Miller from Bris­bane, Aus­tralia, is some­thing of an old soul. A fash­ion-buff in the mak­ing, Levi is the am­bas­sador for Polo Ralph Lau­ren’s pint-sized line. He re­cently made his run­way de­but launch­ing the lat­est col­lec­tion, at Cen­tral Park Zoo in New York, where he also pro­moted chil­dren’s lit­er­acy and the film Pan (out in Oc­to­ber), in which he stars with Hugh Jack­man, Rooney Mara and Cara Delev­ingne.

I never stud­ied act­ing but I used to watch my sis­ters danc­ing when I was five and I’d be so jeal­ous – I wanted to be up there on stage. I couldn’t dance, but I al­ways wanted to do act­ing. My mum said I was too clumsy. I haven’t bro­ken a bone but I’ve been stitched up many times.

I au­di­tioned for Pan in Aus­tralia, then I was flown over to LA, which was my first time in the United States, and then to Lon­don to do the “chem­istry test” with Gar­rett [Hed­lund, play­ing Hook]. The trick is to not think you’ll get the role, be­cause then if you don’t you’ll be very dis­ap­pointed. I just thought, “I’ve made it this far and it’s been an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

We filmed Pan in Lon­don. I loved it, es­pe­cially when it was sunny. And I loved English fish and chips and all the old build­ings, but my favourite place so far has to be LA. The whole vibe there is so laid­back – un­less you go into the full-on places like West Hol­ly­wood.

It was so much fun mak­ing Pan. I loved meet­ing all the peo­ple, find­ing out their jobs and see­ing the amaz­ing sets and all the hard work that goes into mak­ing a film.

My favourite Pan char­ac­ter is Tiger Lily [played by Mara]. She’s bril­liant. I read the book Peter Pan when I was 10 and loved it. I also love su­per­heroes like Flash, be­cause he’s so fast. I like Ar­row and Su­per­man, too – oh, and Su­per­girl, she’s cool.

Ralph Lau­ren has so many dif­fer­ent types of out­fits. I dress dif­fer­ently for dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions and I like colour. My sis­ters are my fash­ion mon­i­tors. When I was younger my mum used to dress me, but now I have my own sense of style. I al­ways ask my sis­ters if this is OK. One of them lives in Lon­don so I take pics and send them to her.

I have missed a lot of school. I just started high school, but it has been a busy year. I did another film [ Blue Dog], re-shoots for Pan, and the Ralph Lau­ren cam­paign. I think I’m a pretty good stu­dent – I like all sub­jects, but my favourites are English and maths. I’d like to keep do­ing films and be­ing tu­tored. I’m ex­cited to see where the wind takes me.

My favourite an­i­mal is the sloth. They are just so cute. I watch all the Meet the Sloths TV shows; they are just walk­ing around chill­ing, not harm­ing any­one.

Jen­nifer Lawrence is cool. I’d like to meet lots of peo­ple but she is the main per­son. I loved The Hunger Games and all the other films she is in – she’s an amaz­ing ac­tress. My all-time favourite film is Back to the Fu­ture.

Face­book is so con­fus­ing. I have it but I don’t un­der­stand it. I’m start­ing to get into Twit­ter but I am more on Instagram. I like post­ing things but I am not a foodie, it’s more pic­tures of me or the land­scape.

I’d love to be an adult. I’m not im­ma­ture: I know when it’s time to go to bed, and I don’t need to be mon­i­tored by my mum.

I am a per­son that gets quite star struck. My per­fect day was go­ing to Comic-Con – it was amaz­ing. I re­mem­ber walk­ing out of the green room and see­ing a thou­sand fa­mous peo­ple, like Amy Adams and Jesse Eisen­berg, and I felt to­tally star struck.

‘I’ve missed a lot of school but it has been a busy year… I’m ex­cited to see where the wind takes me’

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