Australian actress Indiana Evans was once best known for her role as young teen Matilda Hunter in Australia’s longest-running television drama, “Home and Away.” Today, she enjoys her first lead role in a U.S. production, “Blue Lagoon: The Awakening,” a remake of the 1980s romantic adventure story “The Blue Lagoon.”
Indiana’s acting career started at nine years old when she signed with Kermond Management, a Sydney talent agency who continue to represent her today. She appeared in numerous TV commercials, and secured a guest role in “All Saints” and lead roles in “Comedy Inc” (Nine Network comedy sketch show) and “Snobs” (popular children’s TV series on Nine), before landing the role of Matilda Hunter in Seven Networks’ “Home and Away.” “Home and Away” brought Indiana international recognition and saw her nominated for a Logie Award for Most Popular New Talent in 2005.
At 15, Indiana became an Ambassador for the Cancer Council and the Family Planning Association for teen awareness, and for two years she was Ambassador for the Anti-Bullying Campaign.
In 2008, after four years playing the role of Matilda Hunter, Indiana decided to leave “Home and Away” to explore other challenging roles. She was cast in the Nine Network series “The Strip,” and secured a role in the NSW FTO short film “At the Tattooist,” directed by Sophie Miller for Mushroom Pictures. Her popularity that year among Australian teenagers saw her voted as “Queen of Teen,” winner of the 2008 Dolly Teen Choice Awards. In 2009, Indiana played the role of Kylie Watson in the Nine Network tele-movie “A Model Daughter – The Killing of Carolyn Byrne,” based on a true story and directed by Tony Tilse. Producer Jonathan Shiff then approached Indiana to join the hit children’s TV series “H20 – Just Add Water” to play Bella, one of the three lead mermaids in Series 3. Also a talented singer, Indiana sang the theme song for the series, “No Ordinary Girl,” as well as various other songs on the show that have been released as a soundtrack album. “H20 – Just Add Water” is an international success, airing in over 170 territories including the U.S. and U.K.
Indiana starred in the sci-fi feature film “Arctic Blast” in 2010, playing the lead role of Andrea Tate, the American teen daughter of actor Michael Shanks, in this Canadian/Australian production. Later that year, Indiana played a lead guest role in an episode of the Nine Network Australian drama series “COPS L.A.C.” and presented “The Fave Movie Star” award at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
2011 saw Indiana play her first adult role as Tatum Novak, a 21-year-old sassy, self-assured graduate lawyer, in the Australian television series “Crownies,” a 22-episode hour-long drama produced by “Screentime” on ABC1.
Indiana has recently completed filming her first U.S. role, the lead role of Emma in “Blue Lagoon: The Awakening,” the remake of the 1980 romance/adventure movie “The Blue Lagoon” starring Brooke Shields. Indiana was cast in early 2012, and filming took place in Maui and Los Angeles throughout March, April and May 2012. The Sony TV–produced project has been in the works at Lifetime since 2004. Lifetime Television is the highest-rated television network in the USA, reaching 98 million households. The American telemovie will premiere in the U.S. in June 2012.