Launch pad to acting
STAR Wars actor Daniel Logan once dreamed of winning the world cup with the All Blacks.
Now his goal is to win an Oscar.
The 21-year-old hit the big time in 2002 when he was offered the role of Boba Fett, son of bounty hunter Jango Fett, in Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
He won the part after getting his first break acting alongside rugby legend Michael Jones in a television commercial.
"I always dreamed of being an All Black," the former Massey resident says. "But as fate had it, I was guided to another path. I have enjoyed it and have no regrets."
His debut performance led to several other advertisements and it wasn't long before Star Wars director George Lucas came calling.
"I was surprised that they came to New Zealand to cast for it," he says.
"When I found out Temuera Morrison was going to play my father I was over the moon. I had been a fan of his for many years. We were both on Shortland Street but not at the same time."
The Massey High School old boy had the time of his life filming Attack of the Clones.
"It was amazing. Flying spaceships and shooting at Jedi – what more could a 13-year-old ask for? I'll never forget when George asked me: `So, are you ready to fly a spaceship?' It was so much fun."
Daniel got to rub shoulders with actors Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen and Samuel L Jackson.
"They were kind – not just to me but also my mum and nan. It was like one big happy family. I still run into some of the actors at different events."
Daniel, one of five children, now calls Los Angeles home but is proud of his west Auckland roots.
"I came here to pursue a career in acting and the United States has been really good to me. I love it here. But I will always consider New Zealand my home and I'm still a westie. I have fond memories of surfing at Piha and playing street games on Kopi Place in Massey with the kids next door."
The former Lincoln Heights Primary student is still involved with Star Wars as the voice of Boba Fett on animated series The Clone Wars.
"It's been a blast," he says. "I was very honoured to be asked back to play Boba again."
He realises how lucky he is to have taken part in one of the most famous movie series in history.
"Star Wars has allowed me to travel the world, meet fantastic people and really grow as a person. It's been a great honour to be a part of something loved by so many."
He will return to New Zealand for a holiday in June and can't wait to be back.
"I'm looking forward to seeing all my family, especially my little sister Charmayne and mum Caroline," he says.
Daniel plans to carve out a long-term acting career.
"I enjoy all aspects of the craft," he says. "And if one day I'm up on stage receiving an Academy Award that would be the icing on the cake."