'The Wilds' Season 2: 5 things you need to know about Mia Healey

Mia Healey's innate talent to steal the camera has demonstrated that she has the potential to become a true star


                            'The Wilds' Season 2: 5 things you need to know about Mia Healey
Mia Healey, an Australian actress, plays Shelby Goodkind in ‘The Wilds’ (Instagram/@mia.healey)
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Which is worse: being stuck on an island or being trapped in contemporary society? It's a delightfully terrifying subject in these times, and it is one raised by Amazon Prime's series 'The Wilds'. The show's first season follows a group of nine young women who were stuck on an island following a mystery plane disaster. Mia Healey, an Australian actress, plays Shelby Goodkind, the show's Texan "God-fearing, pageant princess," in her first significant role.
 
'The Wilds,' Amazon's 2020 breakthrough, seems to be a breakthrough of 'Mean Girls,' 'Lord of the Flies,' and 'Lost.' When a private plane takes a group of teen girls on their way to a women's empowerment weekend in Hawaii crashes in the sea, and they are trapped on an island, each of them struggles to establish their identity and purpose, owing to their archetypal qualities. Among them are Shelby (Mia Healey), a pageant queen with a lot of mysteries, dreary Leah (Sarah Pidgeon), who is battling with depression after being dumped, and Reign Edwards as Rachel, a high-school diver who hardly eats and views her body as a tool for competition. While the majority of the ensemble consists of relatively unknown young actors from Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, Rachel Griffiths brings her pedigree to the drama as the head of the women's weekend retreat. If you want to see more series and movies with huge ensembles, check out 'The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,' 'Antebellum,' and 'Brave New World.'

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Mia Healey

'The Wilds' Season 1 follows a group of nine young women who are stuck on an island following a mystery plane disaster. Mia Healey, an Australian actress, plays Shelby Goodkind, the show's Texan "God-fearing, pageant princess," in her first significant role. Shelby is a stunning beauty with a heavy Texas accent and nicely coiffed hair. Even still, 10 minutes into the pilot, we notice that something is wrong because Shelby walks to the lavatory to wipe the cake out of her artificial teeth. Shelby is all "show" until you find that the real Shelby is much more fascinating than her image.

Mia Healey made her acting debut in 'The Wilds.' When she was cast in the part of Shelby, the 23-year-old Australian had recently graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art. "I always knew I wanted to be an actor," she told Husskie. "My mum had been enrolling me in classes since I was 4, and I was constantly performing at school and any chance I got, really.” Mia's love for acting evolved into a determination to be the best performer she could be. She studied at Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art, which was always her first option for acting school. Mel Gibson, Sarah Snook, and Cate Blanchett are among the noteworthy alumni of NIDA. In late 2019, the Sydney Morning Herald published a list of Hollywood's future generation of Australian stars, with Mia Healey ranked among an elite group of ten emerging talents.

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Mia is a laid-back person when she isn't in front of the camera or on-set; she doesn't participate in sports or has a lot of interests. On her days off, she usually reads scripts or spends time with friends and family. She enjoys going to the country and spending time with animals, since it is where she feels most at ease.


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Erana James

Martha's close friend is Toni (Erana James). She is athletic and loud, and she is first apprehensive of Shelby, her exact opposite, but she ultimately develops feelings for Shelby. She's abrasive, harsh, and fiercely protective of Martha.
 
Erana James was born in New Zealand and raised in a Maori tribe, the Ngti Whtua-o-rkei hap. She has starred in television series such as 'The Golden Boy' and 'Lucy Lewis Can't Lose'. Even though Erana has been performing on-screen since 2005, 'The Wilds' is her first major American production. Erana has had the opportunity to share her skills with a global audience as one of the major cast members of the Amazon Prime series, and people are adoring her work. Despite not having the most extensive résumé, her ability to depict a multifaceted character has demonstrated her true potential. Erana may not be a household name just yet, but there's no arguing that she's on her way there.
 
Erana had no idea her character in 'The Wilds' would have an on-screen relationship. "We received the scripts once every two weeks as we were filming, so we didn’t know from the get-go," Erana told Cinema Blend. We had an inkling. Mia and I are super close off-screen and have a lovely connection, so we sort of hoped, like maybe a little connection will spark. But yeah, I think when we read the script for episode six, we were like yep, we’re building to something here, and it built, and it grew.”

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Rachel Griffiths, Helena Howard, Reign Edwards, Jenna Clause, Shannon Berry, Sophia Ali, and Sarah Pidgeon are among the other stars on the series, with a slew of new faces joining the ensemble for the second season, which premieres on Prime on May 6.
 

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