'It's pretty surreal': Indigenous teen candidate for Logie nomination

Natarsha Kallios, SBS.com.au.

Kyliric Masella, the 13-year-old star of NITV drama series Grace Beside Me, has been put forward as a candidate for a Logie Award nomination.

  Kyliric Masella at the Logies, Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures.

Kyliric Masella at the Logies, Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures.

Kyliric Masella is in the running to be nominated for the Graham Kennedy Award for Best New Talent for her lead role as Fuzzy McCardell in NITV children’s TV drama series Grace Beside Me. Born and raised in Sydney, the 13-year-old, better known as Kiki, has cultural ties to Dharumbal Aboriginal people of Central Queensland and to Tonga. Kiki has been singing and dancing since she was a toddler and is one of the youngest people to be recognised as a candidate to receive a Logie award nomination. "It's pretty surreal for me now," she told SBS News on Wednesday. "I sat there for like five minutes thinking 'wow, what would I do if I would go to the Logies'."

  Kyliric Masella & Miranda Tapsell at the Logies, Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures.

Kyliric Masella & Miranda Tapsell at the Logies, Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures.

Success in the arts runs in the family. Kiki’s sister 17-year-old Mi-Kaisha is also a singer, and the two share a very special bond.  “When I found out Kiki was nominated for a Logie it was honestly just surreal,” Mi-Kaisha told SBS News. "For her to have this nomination at such a young age is really crazy. Even me being her older sister, someone who she should probably look up to, but I look up to her because she's just powerful and has so much courage, and I'm really proud of her.”

Kiki attends International Grammar School in Sydney's CBD, a school that prides itself on being culturally diverse. Deputy Principal David Hamper said Kiki's nomination is a reflection of her skill and talent.  "For students like Kiki who are able to take their talents out to the wider world is exactly what we want our students here at IGS to do. "It's also a great recognition of how she's putting her culture out there, and making it a really important part of who she is and indeed who we are as a school," Mr Hamper said.



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