Christian Wilkins Discusses His First Performance as an LGBTQI+ Character in the Stan Original Series Eden

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‘It was so refreshing to have this role’: Christian Wilkins discusses his first appearance as an LGBTQI+ character in the Stan Original series Eden

Christian Wilkins made his acting debut in Stan Original series Eden – which launched on Friday.

And at a press conference on the Byron Bay set, the budding actor expressed his excitement over his LGBTQI+ character in the mystery drama.

The son of Today Extra presenter Richard Wilkins, 26, said that despite being pushed towards a career as a presenter, he has always dreamed of pursuing acting.

'It was so refreshing to have this role': Christian Wilkins is excited about his first appearance as an LGBTQI+ character in the Stan Original series Eden

‘It was so refreshing to have this role’: Christian Wilkins is excited about his first appearance as an LGBTQI+ character in the Stan Original series Eden

“I was always very much pushed into the presenting role because I think it’s something I’ve taken quite easily myself… But acting has always been my main goal in life, he gushed.

“This is my first real acting job and it feels great to be part of this cast and crew, who are so diverse and tell a story that feels so fresh. Especially for Australian TV,” Christian added.

In the series, the blonde plays a twin brother named Leander, who he says has been a great way to “have someone work” during scenes.

New appearance: In the series, the blonde plays twins named Leander, which he says has been a great way to “have someone to finish off” during scenes

“For a long time I was pushed to characters who were either straight or their sexuality was ambiguous, which realistically aren’t the characters I’ll ever be cast in,” he said.

Christian added that the constant pressure of which characters he “should play” and what people “want to see” affected his own self-esteem and made him question his own talent.

“What I loved about Leander is the fact that he’s an LGBTQI+ character, but that’s not his big bust. That’s not what he struggles with, because as an LGBTQI+ person, that’s not always our big struggle in life, you know?’ he said.

Christian, who came out as gay in 2018, is not afraid to push the boundaries in terms of both style and gender stereotypes.

“For a long time I was pushed to characters who were either straight or their sexuality was ambiguous, which realistically aren’t the characters I’ll ever be cast in,” he said.

“It was so refreshing to have this role and I really got my teeth into it where it feels like a really authentic fit,” said Christian.

He joked with a cheeky laugh: ‘He is very impudent in his manners. He’s a privileged white, gay female boy. So it wasn’t exactly a deep reach either.’

Christian first debuted his character’s bleached white hair and eyebrows in August while filming the Stan Original series.

“I honestly can’t remember any other Australian TV show, especially one where it’s so diverse in terms of race, age and sexuality…and it’s not because of symbolism. This is just a very authentic series,” he said.

With a young and diverse cast, Australian newcomers BeBe Bettencourt and Sophie Wilde lead the wild and mysterious storyline.

The mystery of Eden unfolds in an idyllic coastal town, where the disappearance of a young woman (Hedwig, played by BeBe) sets in motion a devastating chain of events that uncovers the dark and hidden heart of the community.

The Stan Original Series Eden is streaming now.

Line-up: With a young and diverse cast, Australian newcomers BeBe Bettencourt and Sophie Wilde lead the wild and mysterious storyline

Line-up: With a young and diverse cast, Australian newcomers BeBe Bettencourt and Sophie Wilde lead the wild and mysterious storyline

Line-up: With a young and diverse cast, Australian newcomers BeBe Bettencourt and Sophie Wilde lead the wild and mysterious storyline

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