Phoenix Wilson, the 14-year-old actor from Sudbury who has gained some momentum in the world of film recently, is continuing his surge in the business.
Wilson left Nov. 25 for Oklahoma, for roughly two weeks, where he will star in Wild Indian.
Wilson had worked on a sun dance scene for Wild Indian in 2017, which allowed him the opportunity to spend time in Utah, shoot scenes and work with director Lyle Mitchell Corbiere.
That’s where Wilson got noticed and is now prepping for the full film of the same title.
“I’m very, very excited,” Wilson, a Grade 9 student at St. Charles College, said. “But I’m also very nervous to go, as well.”
Wilson will play the role of Mkwaa, a young adult in the film. He shares the role with actor Chaske Spencer. The two have already worked together in the television series on Longmire for Netflix.
Phoenix received the latest script about two weeks ago and has been rehearsing the lines at home.
“It sounds exciting,” Wilson said of the opportunity. “I love acting, going to different places.”
Wilson started acting at around the age of six or seven. He was so young he really can’t remember his few roles.
He’s been featured on shows like Longmire, Letterkenny, Two Lovers in a Bear, Maple Mysteries and Hard Rock Medical.
Wilson also expressed his love of traveling to make movies, as he’s made his way to Utah and Santa Fe, New Mexico in the past for acting roles.
“I love meeting all the new people,” Wilson said. “On set, people are so amazing. And I seem to really like airports for some reason.”
Wilson mentioned there are a number of actors and actresses he would like to one day work alongside, and though he admires performers like Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, “as an actor, I don’t want to be the next so-and-so. I want to be the first (me).”
But Streep is “really good,” Wilson added, gushing over the veteran, Oscar-winning actress.
“They’re so talented. You watch them and you’re like, ‘wow, they’re awesome at their job’.”
While he’s only in Grade 9, Wilson has a desire to continue his acting career after secondary school. But if that career doesn’t pan out, he said he’ll likely head to Guelph University to take part in the veterinarian program there.
“I have strong love for animals,” Wilson said, adding that he also once desired to be a marine biologist.
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Phoenix Wilson is a Canadian Indigenous/Anishaabe actor.
He was born in Sudbury, Ontario but his home community is M’Chigeeng First Nation, located on Manitoulin Island, home to the Anishinabek of the Three Fires Confederacy: Odawa, Ojibway and the Pottawattomi Nations.
Phoenix has done movies, television shows and also voiceover for a CBC Kids cartoon series “Song and Jax Maple Mysteries”.
He was also a recent host for the TVO series “My Home My Life”.
The young actor has also starred in a music video for the song “Suplex” by the Canadian group “A Tribe Called Red”.