Dance Academy star Thomas Lacey steps into film

Thomas Lacey stars in Dance Academy.
Thomas Lacey stars in Dance Academy.

DANCE Academy star Thomas Lacey has done almost everything; he can act, sing and dance but he won’t be releasing an album anytime soon.

Well, maybe he will.

“That’s not on the agenda, but who knows,” he said.

Lacey makes his big screen debut in the Dance Academy movie this month, reprising the role of Ben Tickle he played in the popular television series of the same name.

The 23-year-old jetsetter spoke to Community Newspaper Group over the phone from Melbourne the day after his return from Paris where he spent quality time with a loved one.

“I just got back from Paris yesterday, I split my time between the two cities – my girlfriend lives there,” he said.

“I will always be based in Melbourne; I can’t get away from it.”

Lacey said his first film experience was a learning curve, but an easier transition from television than he anticipated.

“I am always learning tricks of the trade, I love learning about the things that I do,” he said.

“There were things like how to put a crane or dolly together.

“I have been lucky to go from a wonderful television show to a film, which felt similar because it was the same cast and crew.

“Shooting 26 episodes of the show, we had to go at a fast pace; we would do 10 scenes in one day, but with film, we might do 30 seconds of one scene – so that part was drastically different.

“We flew to New York to shoot for four days, which was an incredible thing to do, so it felt like a bigger scale.”

Lacey’s acting career, which was kick-started with an appearance on Blue Heelers, may have opened doors up for his mum to have a career change.

“I was a tiny tot, I can’t really remember being on set, but I got my family into it,” he said.

“They needed parents or something and so mine were used in the back of a shot.

“During the Dance Academy series mum would come up with me on series two and three, and there are five direct shots of her in the show.

“She might consider a career change – she grew up on a farm so it would be real change for her.

“It would be interesting for the parent to follow the child’s footsteps.”

Dance Academy is in cinemas April 6.