Christian Wilkins discusses his first acting gig as a LGBTQI+ character in Stan Original series Eden

‘It’s been so refreshing to have this role’: Christian Wilkins discusses his first acting gig as a LGBTQI+ character in Stan Original series Eden

Christian Wilkins has made his acting debut in Stan Original series Eden – which launched on June 11.

During a press junket on the Byron Bay set amid production in September, Christian expressed his excitement at doing so with a LGBTQI+ character in the mystery drama.

The son of Today Extra host Richard Wilkins, 26, said despite being pushed towards a presenting career, he’s always dreamed of pursuing acting.

‘It’s been so refreshing to have this role’: Christian Wilkins discusses his first acting gig as a LGBTQI+ character in Stan Original series Eden

‘I was always very much pushed into the presenting role, because I think that it’s something that I myself have taken to quite easily… But acting has always been my number one goal in life.’

‘This is my first proper acting job and it feels amazing to be part of this cast and crew, that is so diverse and telling a story that feels so fresh. Especially for Australian TV,’ Christian said.

In the series, Christian plays a twin named Leander, which he says has been a great way to have ‘someone to work off’ during scenes.

New gig: In the series, Christian plays a twin named Leander, which he says has been a great way to have 'someone to work off' during scenes

New gig: In the series, Christian plays a twin named Leander, which he says has been a great way to have ‘someone to work off’ during scenes

‘For a long time, I was pushed towards characters that were either straight or their sexuality was ambiguous, which realistically isn’t the characters that I’m ever going to get cast in,’ he said.

Christian added that the constant pressure of what characters he ‘should play’ and what people ‘wanted to see’ affected his own self esteem and made him question his own talent.

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