From dodging moose while filming his new movie Blue Potato to his hands-on work with wolves as a Young Ambassador to the charity Wolf Connection – actor Callan McAuliffe‘s life is really taking him into the wild.
The 17-year-old Australian actor – best known to American audiences for his lead role in Steven Spielberg’s I Am Number Four – talked exclusively to Celebrity Teen Scoop from the set of his current film, Blue Potato. “It’s been fantastic filming Blue Potato in rural Maine,” Callan says. “I play a French Canadian teenager which is a bit of fun – compared to using an Australian or American accent as on past films.
The outdoor setting of the movie means there’s lots to do during breaks in filming. “It’s a coming of age feature about two teenagers. I play ‘Dominic,’ and as a lead, I am working long hours so I really like to relax on any downtime I get,” he says. “At nights when I am not filming, I usually build a fire outside and quite a few of the cast and crew all chill out together. It’s a great experience.
“The state of Maine is fantastic, as are the people here. I have seen animals I have never seen before. Early morning or late night drives – we have to dodge moose on the road – yes that is right, moose!”
The actor seems to have a way with wildlife – in 2011 he was appointed the Youth Ambassador to Wolf Connection by the charity’s CEO after having volunteered since 2010. Callan‘s duties for the organization – which helps ‘at risk’ teenagers in the Los Angeles area – consists of training and working with wolves and wolf dogs.
Audiences will soon be able to see Callan in a film based on Wikileaks’ Julian Assange. “I’m sorry to not be able to get to The Toronto Film Festival this week to support my other film Underground,” he says regretfully. “I play a lead role as Julian’s ally/antogonist as we compete to break the codes hacking into the Pentagon. The film was heartstopping to make. Fingers crossed the premiere this weekend will be an awesome hit!”
The busy teenager also has a role in Baz Lurhman’s highly-anticipated The Great Gatsby, which brings Callan‘s film count this year to three, and means he will have filmed on three different continents using three different accents: Blue Potato in Canada and in the U.S. with a French Canadian accent; Gatsby in Australia with an American accent; and Underground also in Australia and with an Australian accent.