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Originally posted 03/22/2013 09:30AM
If Bindi Irwin has her way, Return to Nim's Island will not be her only film.
The wildlife expert, 14 – best known for appearing on her late father Steve Irwin's hit Animal Planet show The Crocodile Hunter – says she sees more movies in her future.
"I would love to expand my acting career and take on more roles, even if they do not directly have to do with wildlife," Bindi recently told PEOPLE.
Originally posted 03/15/2013 05:00PM
Most of the world remembers Bindi Irwin as a young girl accompanying her famous wildlife-loving father, erstwhile Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, on his adventures in the Australian Outback.
Bindi, now 14, has shed the ponytails and khaki outfits she wore when she explored the world with her father. In her upcoming Hallmark Channel Movie, Return to Nim's Island (which premieres March 15 at 8 p.m. ET on the Hallmark Channel), the teenager portrays the lead role of Nim, a wildlife enthusiast who sports cutoff denim shorts and whose long blonde hair flows past her shoulders.
"Acting is something I'm extremely passionate about," Bindi tells PEOPLE. "Nim is the ultimate wildlife warrior so it was great. I could really relate to the role. Nim is such a passionate individual. She stands up for what she believes in and she won't take no for an answer."
Originally posted 05/30/2012 03:00PM
For Bindi Irwin and her brother Robert, the best way to get moving in the morning is with footage of their dad, the always-enthusiastic Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin.
"We'll get up and put on a Daddy DVD, just to remember all of our wonderful adventures with him," says 13-year-old Bindi, who was 8 when her wildlife conservationist father was killed by a stingray in 2006. "We'll often put in a documentary and watch him and have a smile on our face – it's a great way to start the day."
Smiles abound at the Australia Zoo, where Bindi and 8-year-old Robert live, along with 1,200 animals. It's the same place where her father discovered his passion for animals as a child. This month, they're inviting audiences to meet some of their favorite creatures in the online series Growing Up Wild, debuting on the new Pet Collective YouTube channel.
Originally posted 01/12/2007 08:00AM
Bindi Irwin made her TV debut on Thursday and said she wants to make her dad proud.
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