It’s 5.30am and 16-year-old Mornington Peninsula actor Darcy Halliday would normally be getting ready to do his morning workout. Today, however, he’s making his way to South Melbourne beach, where he will literally be buried up to his neck in sand. You might think he does this for fun, but not quite. As a television and film actor, Darcy takes on very complex and testing characters. His latest lead role as Henry Patterson in Courtney Harrison’s film In Too Deep calls for a high level of emotional and physical input.
Darcy Halliday. Photo by Stephany Austin
At the age of 11, Darcy decided to make the change from stage to screen. Since then, Darcy has been training diligently for hours a week at a professional acting studio. The sessions are focused on scene work, naturalistic improvisation, accent development and method training. He does all this while completing his VCE and auditioning for major Australian and international productions. His routine and discipline to the craft of film and television-style acting is unparalleled.
After working on film sets for many years, Darcy’s body of work so far ranges from heartbreaking dramas to outrageous comedies and skin-crawling horrors. In Too Deep, a dark comedy, tells the story of an angst-confused teen who is struggling with the realities of life and love. Darcy’s character is on a mission to bury himself in order to deal with his pain. Although dealing with a very serious topic, the film has many beautiful light moments. Darcy has prepared and rehearsed for weeks to deliver this demanding role to his capacity – and it shows.
Courtney is amazed by Darcy’s abilities. “You can tell Darcy is extremely well trained and focused on his job. His unique character development and strong scene choices make my work on set with him feel seamless. He has been ready for any challenge we have faced so far on this film set. It feels great to work with such a mature professional.”
Hollywood and overseas stardom may seem so far away from the Peninsula, but not for Darcy. He has his eyes set on pursuing an international acting career and is going through all the necessary steps to get there. He already has a full-time acting coach, agency representation in Australia and managers in Los Angeles and New York City. Courtney also thinks the teen is destined for success. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Darcy rise to international superstar status within the next couple of years.”
Follow Darcy’s creative journey on Instagram via @darcyjhalliday