Westside actor takes on the globe
Tackling a younger version of Outrageous Fortune's notorious Wolf West character was a daunting task for Liam Ferguson.
"I watched all the series and prepared so when I auditioned they were like: 'Wow you know Wolf so well'."
But the former Mt Albert Grammar School student says the experience on Westside was a learning curve, having not acted in a television series before.
"For the first few episodes I was a bit shaky. I was still finding my feet and learning how to screen act."
The 18-year-old says on top of that was the awkwardness of sex scenes and mastering the Westie persona.
"I basically had only ever done Shakespeare and as a kid I put a lot of importance on diction and enunciation."
"So to be a surly teenager who grows up to be a criminal was a completely different acting experience."
Ferguson is off to England on a trip with New Zealand's top young Shakespearean actors to visit Stratford-upon-Avon and train and perform at the Globe Theatre.
"I've been obsessed with Shakespeare for quite a long time.
"To perform on that stage, it is almost spiritual."
When he's not acting Ferguson is knuckling down in his first year at The University of Auckland in the hopes of becoming a doctor.
"I grew up asking my dad questions about acting around the dinner table. He played a Shortland Street villain back in the day," Ferguson says.
"Seeing the acting world up close and being part of it I always knew it wasn't what I wanted to do as a career."