Bindi Irwin relishing role of Nim

Bindi Irwin relishing role of Nim

Sat August 11, 2012 6:15am

There is no khaki in sight but plenty of animal co-stars to make Australia's own wildlife warrior Bindi Irwin feel comfortable on the movie set of Nim's Island 2 on the Gold Coast.

Bindi, in an exclusive on-set interview, said she instantly related to the lead role of Nim, who lives on a deserted island with her father Jack (Matthew Lillard) and best friends Selkie, a sea lion, and Fred, a bearded dragon lizard. The 14-year-old said a highlight had been riding the two Sea World sea lions, who share the acting duties, and joked the sea lions “are better trained than me’’.

“Riding underneath the water has been the most incredible experience of my life,’’ she said.

Bindi revealed the last time she came “up-close and personal’’ with sea lions was when she made a documentary with her father Steve Irwin, who was killed by a stingray in 2006.

“I hope to make him (my dad) proud, that’s what I’m striving for,’’ Bindi says.  “When you lose someone whose life was so extraordinary like my dad’s, you have two options: You can curl up in a dark corner...or rise above it and dust yourself off and continue with their work. He will always be with me.’’

Co-producer Paula Mazur is so impressed with Bindi that she hopes to make more Nim’s Island movies starring the talented teenager, who lives at her family’s Australia Zoo on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Bindi starred in the 2010 movie Free Willy: Escape From Pirate Cove, has co-written junior wildlife novels and appeared on television many times including on the Oprah Winfrey show.

“There’s no one in the world better suited than Bindi Irwin, she was born to play Nim,’’ Mazur said.

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