– Trish Bendix from AfterEllen.com
She may have moved to Los Angeles, but she’s still an Aussie, through and through. Bisexual singer Missy Higgins is award-winning in her homeland, where she’s maintained a successful musical career since she was 18 years old. Now she can add "film actress" to her résumé, as she’s been cast alongside Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush in the new film Bran Nue Dae.
The movie is an adaptation of a hit musical of the same name, and will begin shooting this Friday. Higgins has never acted before, and told an Australian newspaper she is a bit "terrified."
This opportunity felt like something I just couldn’t pass up on. I feel very honored to be working alongside such an incredible cast and crew and I know it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Considering the film is musical, it should feature Missy doing what she does best — singing in her adorable Australian accent. Playing a "hilarious hippy," she should also be quite comical, which is something that might be a little more difficult to pull off.
Bran Nue Dae centers around a summer in 1965 and a guy named Willie who takes off from his hometown, Broome, to get out of a religious mission he’s been assigned to. But he misses his love, Rosie, so he tries to get back home with the help of a new friend, Uncle Tadpole, and two hippies, Annie (played by Missy) and Slippery.
"I fell in love with all the characters when I read the script, especially my character," Higgins said. I’m sure we’ll feel the same way.