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Screenwise Sessions: In The Studio With Wilson Moore

Wilson Moore - Screenwise Diploma of Screen Acting Student

Screenwise sits down with our second year Diploma student Wilson Moore to chat about his experiences working alongside some of Australia’s most renowned Actors… And while we’re at it, also having a sneak peek into his time studying at Screenwise!

Q: When did you know you wanted to pursue a career as an actor?

I knew I wanted to do acting from a very young age. I think I would have been around 12 when I was in My Place and after that experience I knew it was what i wanted to do. Jono Bayliss was my first real speaking part. It was an unforgettable experience.

Q: One of your first major roles has been starring in the Aussie film ‘The Daughter’, alongside a-listers such as Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neil, Miranda Otto, how was your experience?

It was an amazing experience playing Adam, the boyfriend of Hedwig. Simon Stone is a wonderful director and very easy to work with. He allowed me a lot of leeway in terms of improvising because he wanted the lines to be as natural as possible. He made the set a comfortable and safe place to work in. I also learned a lot from playing opposite Odessa Young and Ewan Leslie. It was great too to watch Sam Neil and Geoffrey Rush during the table read. It was great to see how free and open they both were.

Q: Already having experience as an actor for some pretty incredible productions, why did you decide to study a two-year, full-time screen-acting course?

I wanted to continue learning and perfecting my craft. Landing roles is very difficult and to achieve this you need to study and gain experience. Screenwise offered the course that suited me best and I’ve really enjoyed it.

Q: Rewind back to 2012, how was your experience on set for the major Hollywood film ‘Lawless’? Starring Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman… the list goes on!

It was only a small part however it was a lot of fun. It was great dressing up as a poor southern boy from the 1930’s. The costume gave me a feel for what it’s like to wear another character’s skin. I also had the opportunity to watch Gary Oldman perform and spent a couple of days talking with Shia LaBeouf and Noah Taylor.

Q: How has it been working with the tutors and staff at Screenwise?

I have loved being at Screenwise. I hope I’ve made some great contacts and relationships with all of my tutors. I feel so fortunate to have met tutors such as Denise Roberts, Ben Mathews, Anthony Ackroyd, Alan Flower and Philip Quast. I feel that they have improved my acting ability and confidence tenfold and I honestly feel I would be lost if I hadn’t enrolled at Screenwise.

Q: Tell us about your recent role in the major Aussie film ‘Jasper Jones’ starring Toni Collette and Hugo Weaving?

Rachel Perkins is a lovely director and I really enjoyed playing Warwick Trent, the town bully in her film. She made me feel very comfortable on the set. Craig Silvery, the author is a keen cricketer and I enjoyed talking with him and being a cricketer myself we collaborated by working out the actions for the cricket scene.

Q: Currently represented by one of Australia’s leading Agents, have you still had opportunities and roles come up you were able to pursue whilst studying the Diploma of Screen Acting?

Aran Michael Management have been really supportive of me attending Screenwise over the last two years. Thankfully I have managed to balance my studies and auditions over this time. I have had a few call backs, appeared in a few short films and have certainly become more confident in the audition room from what I have learnt at Screenwise.

Q: Highlight of studying at Screenwise so far?

Becoming more confident as an actor, meeting and working with some great tutors as well as developing strong friendships and contacts.

Q: Any advice for aspiring actors looking to study the Diploma of Screen Acting?

Be prepared to work hard. Be prepared to be pushed. Two years will go quickly so it’s important that you try and discover yourself within that period. Take full advantage of the incredible tutors you are fortunate enough to meet and learn from. I feel that I’ve been very lucky to attend Screenwise and that i’ve truly learnt a lot.

Serious about a career in acting? Applications are now open for the Screenwise 10065NAT Diploma of Screen Acting, a two-year, full-time, Government accredited course which offers students the most advanced acting theories and professional industry training today! Click here to find out more.