Olivia Deeble, the former star of Home and Away, has proven her acting abilities three years after leaving Summer Bay for good.
And in her latest project, Olivia is also making a name for herself behind the camera.
More Than This, a groundbreaking six-part series on Paramount+ that chronicles the authentic and often painful narrative of five 17-year-old students and their teacher whose various worlds clash when they are thrown together in a Year 12 English class, was co-created by the 19-year-old and stars him.
The series delves into the specific issues that Australian teenagers face as they grow up, including peer pressure, family and school pressures, bullying, body image, relationships, and sexuality.
Luka Gracie, an 18-year-old trans non-binary actress, and filmmaker assisted Olivia in the development of the show, which starred Kamil Ellis, Ellmir Asipi, Josh Heuston, Oisin O’Leary, and newcomer Selena Brincat, as well as Bert Labonte, a veteran of theatre and television.
Olivia, who is best known for her appearances in Little Lunch and the Disney feature film The Secret Society of Second Born Royals (as well as, of course, Home and Away), started writing the series when she was 17 and in the midst of Melbourne’s lockdown.
“I had auditioned for and watched hundreds of high school shows and they were all the same. None of them were telling anything near my truth or experience, so I wanted to make something authentic,” she said.
“When I asked my friends what they wanted to see on TV, they said real teenagers, not shiny, photoshopped replicas played by 25-year-olds with adult bodies and adult confidence.”
“I am really proud of More Than This. I feel like the characters, words, and the story is our own, and it is a realistic depiction of how Australian teenagers feel while still being a great series with a whole lot of characters you can fall in love with.”
Olivia’s exciting new TV endeavour comes two years after she departed her three-role on Home and Away as Raffy Morgan.
Olivia was just 14 years old when she debuted as the lively Raffy on our screens and right into our hearts.
“It was incredibly emotional and quite sad, but you just kind of know sometimes that it’s time [to leave the show],” Olivia told TV WEEK in 2019.
Olivia’s decision not to sign on for future seasons coincided with her obtaining the dream part of Roxana in Disney+’s Secret Society Of Second Born Royals as if it were fate.
“I was aware my contract was ending, so I started auditioning for things, then the Disney audition came through and I really loved the role,” Olivia said at the time.
“Two weeks after [finishing] shooting Home And Away, I left to go to Canada.”
More Than This will premiere on Paramount+ in early 2022.
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