Magazine article Variety

Stan Walker

Magazine article Variety

Stan Walker

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'IDOL' MOMENT

Of Maori descent, Walker was born in Australia but grew up in New Zealand. At 18 in 2009, he rose to stardom when he won the final season of "Australian Idol." "The whole journey was incredible, especially for me to win a show like that," he says. "A Kiwi with a strong Kiwi accent sometimes does not go (over) so well with locals." After his win, he was a judge on New Zealand's "X Factor," and starred in 2013 drama "Mt. Zion" from Te Arepa Kahi. He'll appear in the upcoming comedy "Hunt for the Wilderpeople," with Sam Neill and Rhys Darby.

'BORN' ULTIMATUM

At the Toronto Film Festival, he'll be hoofing it in Tammy Davis' "Born to Dance," a pic about a competitive hip-hop dance crew, although that discipline is not his forte. …

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