“But when I really got into the psyche and the head of a character like that, it was so complex, and so exciting to play someone who from the outside is brutal and cold, and inside is really vulnerable and quite broken in many ways…
Once I started playing Abigail, it was a gift.”Alicia, meanwhile, auditioned for Kat, Tara, and Abigail, but was originally most drawn to Tara.
But they end up becoming their own people pretty quickly.
The actors themselves bring so much, that the characters change away from the real-life inspirations and just become their own selves.” He worked with Samantha and Joanna on H20: Just Add Water, and has also directed a bunch of other shows like Neighbours, All Saints, Wicked Science, Rake, Angry Boys, Modern Family and Difficult People.
“You need to have a greater self-worth than the thing that you’re pursuing.
We had to make it really about Tara and follow her, and almost treat the film like a roadtrip movie, stopping in with other people along the way.” Samantha says, “I remember reading Looking for Alibrandi, and when [John Barton] died it helps you learn how to grieve for someone. Thom Green, who played Sammy, is just so loveable and such an incredible human, and I think that comes through in that character.
He says he related to Tara’s journey in Dance Academy because like him, she has to rethink her dreams.
“The pursuit of something is wonderful, but wrapping your entire identity up in that dream, you take on a huge amount of risk,” he tells Buzz Feed.
Isabel is another Dance Academy grad who won't be appearing in the movie.
Since the show finished, she scored a starring role in Mako: Island of Secrets, and also appeared in - you guessed it - Camp.