Mount Gravatt Resident Claudia Ballen Set to Become Australia’s Next Child Star

A new star is rising over the horizon in the form of 8-year-old Claudia Ballen.

The young actress had just finished a six-month tour across Asia with Les Misérables when she was cast in the Brisbane-based musical, Carousel.

Her mother, Sonia Ballen, has expressed her pride in her talented daughter, saying that her approach had always been hands-off, allowing Claudia to drive herself to pursuing what she wanted.

“It’s all her doing. I wasn’t even looking for her to get into performing. People kept suggesting the auditions,” she said.

“I think it’s very important [that] children have got to want to do it themselves as it’s a lot of hard work.”

When asked about suddenly taking this new role, Claudia replied, “I was pretty nervous and I was really tired, but at the same time I really wanted to do it.”

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It looks as though this young star will be shining brightly for many years to come.