Nobody was more surprised than unassuming Sean Keenan on discovering he’s been nominated for a Best Actor AACTA Award - up against screen heroes like Hugo Weaving and Rake’s Richard Roxburgh.
‘I didn’t expect it,’ laughs Wake In Fright star Sean, already a 12-year showbiz veteran at the age of 24.
‘I was really, really surprised to be acknowledged. Obviously, I’m very happy about it, especially in such great company!’
Sean will be one of Australia’s brightest stars set to walk the AACTAs red carpet next week, which will air on Channel Seven on Wednesday.
‘It’s a great occasion to bring everyone together to celebrate the work that’s been created throughout the year,’ Sean says.
‘What I love is that the AACTAs aren’t just for actors. They also acknowledge all the amazing behind-the-camera crews who work so hard from the moment the sun rises to the time it sets.’
Sean is also presenting an AACTA Award 10 years after his first ever TV show - children’s favourite Lockie Leonard - actually scooped one!
‘I’ve presented a few times and it can feel quite unnatural,’ says the young actor, who’s single despite his sex symbol status as a result of roles in Puberty Blues, Glitch and, of course, the menacing remake of Wake In Fright.
‘It’s quite different from being on set - standing in front of a massive room full of people and reading off a teleprompter. You just have to stay relaxed and enjoy it. Hopefully, my life won’t flash before my eyes!’ He gulps. ‘I’m looking forward to it. I’m sure it will be fine…’
The 7th AACTA Awards air on Wednesday at 8.30pm on Channel Seven.