Spud on the big screen

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11 November 2010

The oversized blazer hangs on his skinny frame and the short school pants settle limply over his knobbly knees. He looks gauche and nerdish – the perfect Spud in all his gawky glory.

Fans of John van de Ruit’s hit novel will battle to find fault with the actor who plays Spud in the movie version – Troye Sivan seems to epitomise the geeky Grade-9 learner who stole hearts with his awkward ways and hilarious adventures at boarding school.

Like Spud, Troye looks far younger than his 15 years. Yet the South African-born actor, who now lives in Australia, has little in common with the lovable character.

“When I told my English tutor I’d landed the lead role she immediately rushed out and bought the book,” says Troye, who is home-schooled.

He can’t wait for the film to open in South Africa on 3 December, Troye says. He’ll be flying in to promote the movie and catch up with the rest of the Crazy Eight gang, whom he last saw when they filmed the movie in KwaZulu-Natal’s prestigious Michaelhouse boys’ school.

Troye, who uses his second name as his surname, was just 10 when he released a pop CD. His debut album, Dare to Dream, was released in February 2008 and he regularly uploads music videos to YouTube.

These online videos helped him land the role of Spud, beating 2 000 other hopefuls.

When producer Ross Garland and co-producer Brad Logan watched Troye’s videos they agreed the youngster seemed perfect for the part – hearing about his South African roots they knew they’d found their boy.

Since shooting Spud Troye has been in Los Angeles working on the pilot of a film that will be pitched to Warner Brothers. While in the City of Angels he also auditioned for several movies but won’t reveal much about them.

“I’ll tell you more when it’s official.”

The budding star is also working on his next album. His previous offering is starting to sell now, he says proudly. “Most of the orders come from Japan and Russia but more and more South Africans are ordering the CD.”

Read more about it in YOU, 18 November 2010.

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