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Growing up in Brisbane as the youngest of three, Levi Miller first considered acting while watching his older sisters perform in dance recitals and commercials. "I was about 5," he says. "I was a bit jealous. I wanted to be up there too." Miller followed his sisters' lead, soon shooting commercials and going out on movie auditions. One brought him to Director Joe Wright's attention. After callbacks in Los Angeles and London, Miller found himself hoisted up in front of a green screen on a movie lot for PAN (2015) fulfilling pretty much every kid's fantasy. Pan also proved to be an invaluable master class for the young actor, who swashbuckles with Jackman and holds his own alongside co-stars Garrett Hedlund and Rooney Mara.
Levi says: " It was quite intimidating because in the last audition progress I saw other kids my age. They were lovely, so it was nice meeting them. Especially when I met Louis my friend, heís playing Nibsy. When we were talking, I met him in the hotel when I came here to do the audition. We were in the hotel and I thought he was auditioning for Peter but I knew there was something about him that seems like non-competitive, because he was really happy. So I talked to him and he was auditioning for Nibs, so it was all fun."
Comic-Con International in San Diego, Levi Miller gleefully recounted his surreal nerd-fandom experience. "It was awesome. All these people were lined up. We did an autograph signing. That was crazy!"
Craziness is something that the 13-year-old Australian actor will have to get used to. He also lapped up the attention in a true leading man style arriving at the Australian Pan premiere flanked by two of the world's most beautiful women. Sandwiched by "It" girls Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse, the 12-year-old beamed as he posed for photographers in London's Leicester Square. With one arm draped around each of his dates, the actor put on a dapper display in a grey suit, blue shirt and tie.
Miller doesn't plan to be letting up soon: he just returned from filming the coming-of-age tale Red Dog: True Blue (2016), about a boy who forges a friendship with a stray dog in the western Australian outback, and he was recently named brand ambassador for Polo Ralph Lauren Children's fall campaign (see " Polo Ralph Lauren Levi Miller" in Google or Bing images).
For now he's content with getting some downtime back home in Brisbane, listening to music, and teaching himself guitar. Of acting, he says like a pro, "We'll see where it takes me. In Pan I had to do a Cockney accent and that was a small problem. I worked with my dialect coach, heís been very helpful. But now that I had a long break in Australia I'll lose it, because my Momís Australian, and thereís no Cockney where Iím staying."
Look for Levi in the upcoming Jasper Jones (2017), and Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time " (2018).