They are Aussiewood’s next generation, the younger wave of actors landing in Hollywood, hoping to follow in the footsteps of our finest, from Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts, to Ben Mendelsohn, Margot Robbie and Hugh Jackman.
Some, including Olivia DeJonge and Dacre Montgomery, are well known. Others, such as Joshua Orpin, who is suiting up as Superboy, are only just making their first splash, while another, Mia Healey, is still filming her first role. What all share is a confirmation that Hollywood’s appetite for Australian talent is unabated.
Melbourne-born Pang flirted with an acting career in Hong Kong but returned to Australia and booked a gig in the adaptation of Tomorrow, When the War Began. His other credits include I, Frankenstein and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. Most recently he played newlywed Colin Khoo in the hit Crazy Rich Asians, directed by Jon M. Chu, and starred in the 2019 reboot of Charlie’s Angels, directed by Elizabeth Banks.
The Melbournian landed in Hollywood with only one Australian credit to his name, a small role in the television series The Blake Mysteries: Ghost Stories. Orpin quickly scored a serious gig, playing Superboy, alias Conner Kent, in the DC/Warner Bros series Titans. He’s following in big footsteps: the series already stars Aussie actor Brenton Thwaites as Batman sidekick Robin.