Brantham boy lands role in Christina Aguilera music video
3:00 p.m. October 22, 2022
The new music video from a global superstar will feature a Brantham teenager as she celebrates 20 years since the release of the single.
Oliver Jenkins appeared in the updated 2022 version of Christina Aguilera‘s hit song Beautiful, which originally hit the charts in 2002.
The updated video shows the impact social media can have on young people’s mental health and body image.
The 16-year-old actor said: “I got the role from my agency, which is talent4kidz, and I just had to film a self-tape so they could get to know me and see me.
“Then I go to round two where I was to have a face-to-face casting in London and then we got an email saying I got the part.
“Being my first job is an incredible thing for me and I’m really thrilled.
“It was also a great experience on set because there was great support.”
Oliver plays a suicidal teenager until one of his friends intervenes.
Emma, Oliver’s mum, said: “He was actually assigned a welfare officer, so when we got on set she came over and talked to us about what was going to happen and showed us the board.
“Then if we wanted to talk about anything to get support, we could.
“I have no complaints, it was absolutely amazing.
“The video has such an important and powerful message that I honestly think it should be shown in every school possible because I just think it’s such a powerful message to get across to kids.”
Oliver is currently a student at the East Conservatory in Bury St Edmunds, studying acting, singing and dancing and is a huge fan of musical theatre, his favorites being Moulin Rouge, Hamilton and Wicked.
Oliver, who appears in shows around Suffolk with local businesses, is set to star in The Addams Family and later in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, both at the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe.
He continued: “The only big dream is to go to drama school and then hopefully from there I’d like to play in the West End.”
You can see Oliver star in the music video, which has 771,000 views in just 24 hours, below.