Hollywood star from Rocky returns to his beloved hometown

HOLLYWOOD HUNK: Rockhampton man Alex Russell spent a few days in town visiting family before flying back to LA to continue with his acting career.
HOLLYWOOD HUNK: Rockhampton man Alex Russell spent a few days in town visiting family before flying back to LA to continue with his acting career. Chris Ison Rokcrussell

ALEX Russell might be jetting around the world filming movies, rubbing shoulders with A-list celebrities and going to movie premieres, but he's grateful he's a Rockhampton local. And the 26-year-old loves nothing more than coming back home for a visit.

Alex caught up with The Morning Bulletin this week, not only to give us a glimpse into his life, but he's also thrown his support behind the Rockhampton Grammar School's Dance and Musical Theatre Academy which is set to get underway next year. Alex, a former Grammar student, said the school helped to shape him as an actor.

"I specifically remember musicals like Singing in the Rain," Alex said.

"(School) was such a special time for me; I went from being quite awkward and not knowing my place to having a place four or five times a week in rehearsals.

"I'm so proud to come from Rocky, particularly in terms of an artistic sense; you are afforded opportunities (here).

"There's something in the air here as well, it produces very talented people."

Alex's visit to Rocky was cut short after getting a call to fly back to LA after he was cast in a pilot for a new TV series in America. Not only that, he'll shortly be flying to South Africa to film a new movie called Prisoners of War.

For Alex it's all part of living the dream. He can't quite explain why he was driven towards acting, but that it's always been "a very attractive prospect" to him.

"When I was a kid I loved mimicking and doing voices and accents because I wanted to make my family laugh," Alex said.

"I nominated myself as the family clown; that sort of developed over the years into something different, but that's where it comes from."

While his work is in movies and TV for the time being, Alex would happily jump back into theatre if the right opportunity came his way. "I really miss theatre," Alex said. "I think I'm a poorer actor in the sense that I could be better if I had been doing theatre this whole time.

"There's something so magical about theatre, it's one of those things that takes you out of action for months if you have a successful show, and I can't afford to do that at the moment."

And it's not only Alex that has the acting gene. His younger brother Dominic is studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) at QUT, with six months to go.

And his little sister Georgiana will be playing Ariel in the grammar school's upcoming play of The Little Mermaid.

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