Mark Trevorrow plays gay koala dad in ABC kids series


Mark Trevorrow Kangaroo Beach
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Bob Downe’s alter ego Mark Trevorrow will make his kids TV debut voicing a character in animated ABC series Kangaroo Beach.

The preschool animated series follows four cadet lifeguards as they learn the ropes at an Australian beach. The popular show is second only to kids TV juggernaut Bluey on ABC’s kids roster.

In a new Kangaroo Beach special Family Day, out this Sunday, the you cadets welcome their parents to a water safety demonstration. But at the beach there’s an unexpected emergency.

In the special, Mark Trevorrow voices Russell, Frizzy’s popstar dad and the same-sex partner of Rupert Degas’ character Big Trev.

“Each episode gets 2 million views. It’s actually is the second highest rating kid’s show they’ve got after Bluey,” Mark explained to TV Tonight.

“Russell’s an aspiring pop star. I don’t know if he is actually a star, I think he might have once appeared on Countdown with a very minor hit.

“I love how the parents [on Kangaroo Beach] are such a bunch of nincompoops.

“What I love about the show is that it’s co-produced by Lifesaving Australia. So all the stuff about safety at the beach is just so incredibly spot on.”

Mark Trevorrow told he was ‘too gay’ for TV

Speaking to TV Tonight, Mark Trevorrow recalled for years, he struggled with being “too gay” for Australian TV.

“Bob Downe’s character is 40 years old next year. There wasn’t even a scenario for a six foot two, skinny poofy boy,” he said.

“They were the days when you were told not to be too gay, by gay directors, producers and gay agents.

“But now here’s a gay man being cast as a gay dad in a preschool animated TV show. Things have really, really changed in the most profound and wonderful way.

“[TV creators] want [same-sex parents] to be shown as just another part of the diversity of contemporary Australia.”

Mark added, “You start off being a pioneering gay entertainer and then it becomes mainstream.

“Now I don’t get any jobs because Joel Creasey’s getting all the work that I should get! Said dripping with contempt! He’s fabulous. Rhys Nicholson – they’re all fabulous.

“But now of course, I’m too old. It’s hilarious. I couldn’t get a job back then because I was too gay. Now I can’t get a job because I’m too old, but gay is not a problem! How ironic is that?”

Kangaroo Beach‘s Family Day special is on ABC Kids and ABC iview on Sunday (May 14), 5.05pm.

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

Jordan Hirst is an experienced journalist and content creator with a career spanning over a decade at QNews. Since 2012, the Brisbane local has covered an enormous range of topics and subjects in-depth affecting the LGBTIQA+ community, both in Australia and overseas. Today, the Brisbane-based journalist covers everything from current affairs, politics and health to sport and entertainment.

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