25 March 2013
By LISA HARMER
Posing cosily with love interest Toby Wallace, it seems the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s daughter Bindi is growing up very quickly before our eyes.
A blossoming Bindi admits she got close to the ex-Neighbours star, but insists the pair were just acting romantic for their new film, Return to Nim’~s Island.
'Toby certainly has less fishy breath than a sea lion,’ jokes the budding actress.
Not usually known to be shy - Bindi’s more than happy to discuss acting and her environmental crusades - there’s one thing she remains tight-lipped about: boyfriends!
'Well, I have friends that are girls and friends that are boys,’ Bindi giggles, keeping her cards close to her chest.
But going by what she’s said in the past, it may soon be Toby’s lucky day, if sparks are to fly between the couple.
'I’m not at that age where I’m even thinking about [boyfriends], not until I’m at least 15,’ says the star, who hits that mark this July.
For now, Bindi seems happy talking about her latest achievement her first theatrically released film. She was thrilled that she got to star alongside her beloved animals.
'They were better trained than me! They hit the mark every time,’ she laughs.
The movie follows a young adventurer - played by Toby - who travels to a pristine island to connect with Nim, Bindi’s character.
'Nim is a little bit uppity, but apart from that we are quite similar,’ says the teenager, whose dad Steve was tragically killed by a stingray in 2006.
The budding conservationist has acted before in Free Willy: Escape from Pirate;s Cove, which went straight to DVD.
Keen to follow in her high-profile father’s footsteps, Bindi has continued her wildlife work while also focusing on her acting skills.
'It is so much fun,’ she gushed during a hectic string of promotional appearances.
Revealing the best advice she’s been given about her chosen career, Bindi said veteran US actor Beau Bridges once told her: 'Acting should just be like a real conversation, like [one] you’d have with a friend.’
Currently home-schooled at the zoo her mum and dad made world famous, Bindi has thoroughly enjoyed stepping out into the spotlight. Now only time will tell if she becomes as well-known as her late, great dad.