Making the leap to a new country is never easy, but for Australian native Felix Mallard, it was. At age 15, Mallard, now 20, landed a recurring role on the long-running soap opera Neighbours (a breeding ground for many of Australia’s biggest exports, including Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Margot Robbie and brothers Liam and Chris Hemsworth). That stint turned into a four-year regular run, and only a few months after leaving that show, the actor and musician had landed at CBS, playing pop star Cooper James opposite Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West in the new sitcom Happy Together. It's a role, in part, for which he thanks his Aussie peers. "Giving it a try here is such a right of passage handed down by a lot of Australian actors," Mallard explained in a recent chat with MediaVillage. "To have the opportunity to do it is simply amazing, and it's become a lot easier since the days of Heath Ledger or even Chris Hemsworth. They really broke the ice for us."
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