Kiwi actor lands Beach Boy role in Manson biopic

Long Lunch 28/03/2018
James Trevena-Brown (L), Dennis Wilson (R). Photo: Getty.

An LA-based Kiwi actor has been cast in what could be considered a breakthrough role in his acting career.

James Trevena-Brown has been picked to play Beach Boy star Dennis Wilson in the upcoming movie Charlie Says, an independent feature film about Charles Manson.

The 31 year old joined Wendyl Nissen on The Long Lunch to talk about his move to Hollywood to chase his dreams.

“I’ve sort of been [acting] for five years,” he said. “And it seems to be going alright.”

Trevena-Brown built his success in the Auckland-filmed The Shannara Chronicles and moved to Hollywood in 2016 to pursue a career in film.

Before acting, Trevena-Brown played ice-hockey in Germany for a number of years.

He says his acting career started after talking to Wyatt Russell, an American actor and ice-hockey player.

“I didn’t know what to do when I got home and I was like I’ll give [acting] a go,” Trevena-Brown explained. “And that’s kind of how it started, which is really random.”

Trevena-Brown said his first audition was for a short film in Wellington.

“I was so nervous. I had never done it before; I kept trying to back out of the audition,” he told RadioLIVE. “I was ghost-white, dripping with sweat – I was so scared.”

“But I went in and did it, and ended up getting a part in the short film and it sort of spiralled from there.”

Charlie Says follows the three young women sentenced to life in prison after the 1969 murders organised by Charles Manson.

Canadian screenwriter and director Mary Harron, who directed American Psycho and I Shot Andy Warhol, is directing this independent production.

Former Doctor Who actor Matt Smith is playing the lead role of Charles Manson.

Listen to the full interview with James Trevena-Brown above.

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