Marzena Godecki was born in Poland on September 28, 1978. She was 16 and a modern dance and ballet student in Melbourne, Australia, when
she was selected from more than 500 girls who auditioned for the role of
Neri in Ocean Girl.
When she first tried out for the part Marzena recalls being taken to a
local ocean pier in Melbourne and thrown into the cold waters to see if
she was comfortable. She was, and after landing the lead role, Marzena
was able to sharpen up her swimming skills and learn how to scuba dive
at the Ocean Girl location, Port Douglas in Far North Queensland,
During the filming, she's been able to swim with dolphins and even with
a pod of Minke whales that came up to the film crew's boat. Because
much of Ocean Girl is filmed in the open water, Marzena is always under
the close watch of a stunt and dive safety team who keep a watch out for
Marzena's favourite food is Japanese (though she eats a lot of Indian
because it's her Mum and Dad's favourite) and her favourite bands are
Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Stone Temple Pilots.
Marzena has taken most of 1996 off from Ocean Girl to complete her final
year at secondary school concentrating on her favourite subjects - Maths
and Science. She hopes to secure a place at University in Australia in
Veterinary Science owing to her love of animals. However, acting will
always come first and Marzena plans to put university on hold while she
nurtures her acting career.
Now gracing television screens in 70 countries around the world, Marzena
has accumulated quite a fan club. But despite the hundreds of fan
letters she receives and the fact that she is often recognised in
public, Marzena doesn't see herself as a star. "I didn't get into
acting for fame and glory" she says, "but rather to be successful at
what I do and to enjoy it".
Marzena acknowledges that playing the character of NERI has certainly
rubbed off. "I'm more environmentally aware than ever before -
especially towards the oceans" she says "when filming underwater for
Ocean Girl 3 I was sickened to see litter on the Great Barrier Reef -
one of the Earth's natural wonders. I do my best to help the
environment and, as we all know, every little bit counts".
Seventeen year old David Hoflin (pronounced Darvid) started his film
career at the age of eight alongside superstars Meryl Streep and Sam
Neil in the film EVIL ANGELS. A decade later sees David with a leading
role in the worldwide hit television series, Ocean Girl.
David has played the role of JASON BATES in all three Ocean Girl series
and will continue the role in the upcoming fourth series. JASON is
Ocean Girl's closest friend and confidante, a role that has seen him
lead NERI and the ORCA kids through many exciting adventures and
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, David and his family came to Australia when
he was four years old. From this early age David was performing at every
opportunity, "my mother remembers a time when I acted like a dog for
several days, if she spoke to me I'd bark in response!" Another time
David put on a spontaneous one man play for his dentist!
Following on from these beginnings David worked on several Australian
films and television programs but Ocean Girl has certainly been the
highlight. "It's the best thing I've ever done. The atmosphere on set
is great as are the storylines. I feel very proud to have worked on the
production as it hasn't broken away from the environmental theme which
is so important. The significance of friendship is another strong theme
and there are no racial prejudices - people from ORCA are from all walks
of life - even alien!"
David has just completed his final year at high school. And although he
would like to make acting his career, he also hopes to attend University
to study Law and History. "Acting isn't stable enough unless you have
an ongoing job, I'd like to have a degree to fall back on".
Outside of study and Ocean Girl David spends a lot of his time playing
the guitar. His "hero" is Eric Clapton. He keeps fit by playing indoor
soccer and basketball and is a champion tennis player. He also enjoys
creative drawing and reading up on History. "I'm intrigued by the lost
civilisations - the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. I like to
contemplate History's unsolved questions."
David's own future is also very much on his mind, ultimately he would
like to work on feature films with Directors such as Martin Scorcese,
Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino and Australian Director, Fred
Schepisi. He'd love to work with actors such as Sean Connery, Anthony
Hopkins and Leonardo De Caprio and actresses Meryl Streep (again),
Lauren Holly and Cathy Baker.
Judging from the amount of fan mail David receives from all over the
world there's little doubt David will be successful. "I get a lot of
mail from Japan which is fun. They are so polite - they call me Mr.
David! It's heartwarming that they take the time to write to me, many
say it's the first letter they've ever written in English!"
With the fourth season of Ocean Girl scheduled for filming in 1997,
David has his immediate sights set on returning to the role, "My main
ambition now is to finish Ocean Girl 4!". After that there should be
no shortage of roles for David as he becomes a most eligible leading
Jeffrey Walker is a well known face to millions of families in Australia
and around the world. A veteran actor at the age of 14, Jeffrey was a
mere seven years of age when he appeared in his first feature film,
PROOF with Hugo Weaving. From that time on Jeffrey has rarely been out
Jeffrey's volume of work includes many Australian children's and adult
series but it is through the series Ocean Girl that Jeffrey is seen in
over 70 countries around the world. Jeffrey plays BRETT BATES in the
series, the youngest of the BATES family who befriend the mysterious
Ocean Girl, NERI.
Jeffrey is soon to embark on the fourth series of Ocean Girl to be
filmed in 1997. It seems Jeffrey and BRETT have almost grown up
together, "We are similar in some ways, we like to have fun no matter
what and we both love adventures." There has been no lack of excitement
for Jeffrey in this role - riding jet skis and waverunners, scuba
diving, boating and four wheel motorbiking are just some of the
adventures Jeffrey has had on the series.
But when Jeffrey has a break between series he tends to get down to
serious business. What other fourteen year old has a property
portfolio! With some advice from his parents Jeffrey has invested his
earnings wisely in property, shares, a car and a business.
Jeffrey also loves to play sports - swimming, bike riding, water skiing
and knee boarding are just a few. His favourite band is the Beatles and
licorice is his favourite food. "My friends at home treat me like
anyone else but I do feel different - I've worked with adults for half
my life and schools never been a big factor for me, I do most of it on
Jeffrey has his sights firmly set on a long career in the film and
television industry. "Acting itself will decide if I'm good enough to
continue down that path", he modestly states, "but I've also learnt a
lot of the technical side of things and I'm interested in becoming a
Director of Photography and possibly a Director or Producer". To do
that Jeffrey plans on studying at film school in Australia.
In the meantime Jeffrey dreams of working with Directors such as Steven
Speilberg and George Lucas. "It would be fun to work on a film such as
INDIANA JONES or STAR WARS". And when he does hit Hollywood Jeffrey
would very much like to work with stars like Robin Williams, Tom Hanks
or Elisha Wood.
And though these may be dreams, there's no doubting Jeffrey will give it
his best shot. "If you've got a goal don't let anyone stand in your
way. Anyone can achieve something if they really want it". Words of
wisdom from a 14 year old who has already achieved more than some people
would ever dare to dream of.
Australian born Jeremy Angerson began his acting career quite
unexpectedly whilst selling Clapper hats at the Australian Formula 1
Grand Prix. At age 15 he was cast as the lovable street rogue,
"Sparrow", in the internationally acclaimed film SEBASTIAN AND THE
Because of his heritage which includes an exotic mix of Sri Lankan,
Javanese, Swiss, Irish, Italian and German, Jeremy has managed to
perform roles that are suitably fitted to his heritage such as "Sparrow"
a Vietnamese- Australian street kid. The combination of European and
Asian ancestry also proved perfect for the role of "Kal" who comes from
the "Planet of the Oceans" in the third series of Ocean Girl.
Jeremy was excited at the prospect of playing the character of KAL given
the infinite possibilities such a role had to offer, "KAL is
unquestionably alien, from his appearance to his rather peculiar habits.
He knows nothing of what it means to be human and sees life very much
like a child whose world is safe and full of adventure".
Jeremy admits the role was a challenge, "The joys and innocence of
childhood and the relationship with my 3 year old niece, Isabella, were
perfect memories to draw from in establishing the wonderment that KAL
experiences on the Opal Planet (Earth). Hopefully people will see what
the passage of time and simply living does to a person, a child, who
knows only trust and love and what this living of life can do to people
if we don't behave responsibly."
Jeremy is committed to his work and ranks this as his favourite passion,
second to doing absolutely nothing. "Nothing usually involves
something" Jeremy says "my other hobbies include regular trips to the
cinema, dangerous sports, hearty feasting and a preference toward Jazz
and Soul music."
Whilst filming the third series of Ocean Girl on the Great Barrier Reef
Jeremy was astonished to find that a pod of dolphins had decided to join
the cast and crew for a play. "These aquatic sages suddenly appeared,
quizzically studied our appearance there, then disappeared to feast on a
school of fish!" remarks Jeremy, "I was in the water at the time and was
totally blown away".
Jeremy's other screen credits include roles in MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, BLUE
HEELERS, HALIFAX F.P., NEIGHBOURS and most recently and coincidentally,
Jeremy hopes to be working in America soon after he has completed other
These biographies was graciously provided by Jonathan M. Shiff Productions,
and is used with permission.