1. Since moving to the United States, Thwaites has had major roles in Blue Lagoon: The Awakening .
2. Thwaites was born on 10 August 1989 in Cairns, Queensland, to Fiona and Peter Thwaites.
3. He underwent secondary education at Cairns State High School in Far North Queensland, graduating in 2006.
4. During his youth, Thwaites was drawn to the idea of becoming a policeman or a firefighter, having been interested in movies involving the latter.
5. However, his interests diverted to the processes of filmmaking and “letting personality shine through so many different characters.”
6. At the age of 16, Thwaites made his first performance in front of a live audience in a rendition of the Shakespearean tragedy Romeo and Juliet.
7. Thwaites studied acting at the Queensland University of Technology for three years, before graduating in 2010.
8. Thwaites cited fellow Australian actors Heath Ledger and Hugh Jackman as inspirations of his, admiring how Ledger “was a young Aussie kid
9. Prior to graduating from the Queensland University of Technology, Thwaites made his film debut in Charge Over You, a 2010 independent film.
10. In November 2010, Thwaites, along with Adele Perovic, Ben Schumann, Emily Robins, and Gracie Gilbert, was cast in a new Fox8 Australian teen drama series, Slide. Thwaites believes his character, Luke Gallagher, “stands back a bit.
11. In 2013, Thwaites starred in the psychological/supernatural horror film Oculus, as the male lead Tim Russell.
12. Production on the film began in October 2012 in Alabama, and was completed a few weeks later.
13. In 2014, Thwaites briefly returned to Australia for the filming of crime thriller Son of a Gun.
14. Regarding his character, Thwaites said, “I jumped at the opportunity to audition when this came up and I found the character was a very vulnerable kid amongst strange men that are in some way an inspiration.
15. I just thought that was interesting as a young man myself.”