The Wilds follows eight teenage girls stranded on a deserted island under harrowing and mysterious circumstances.
The first season of the acclaimed TV Show The Wilds left an arresting feeling in all of us. It was intriguing from the very first episode, and with a superb young cast, it’s no surprise that the show has garnered a large following. Critically-acclaimed Australian actress, Shannon Berry, plays Dot Campbell, one of eight girls who are left stranded on a deserted island. Under severe circumstances, the characters must deal with the grief of their past lives while attempting to survive until rescued.
As a tough Texan girl with a passion for survival shows, Shannon's character, Dot, quickly becomes a resource and a leader on the island. We learn her straightforward and independent nature is partly attributable to a challenging upbringing before the crash, caring for her sick father on her own. Despite the rough exterior the script implied Dot possesses, Shannon Berry endows her character with a heart-of-gold that has made her a true fan-favorite. During flashbacks, we see Shannon's versatility as a performer and why she’s long been considered one of Australia’s best actresses by both industry insiders, and the public at large. One moment she is making us laugh with quick-witted one-liners, and in the next she manages to grab hold of any viewer’s compassion in a deeply emotional way. Any viewer–let alone a critic or acting coach–can quickly tell upon watching Shannon that her incredible character creation on The Wilds would be no easy feat. With a second season premiering this year, we couldn't be more thrilled for Shannon Berry to reprise her lead role and continue to deliver awe-inspiring moments for fans of the show.
As one of MUD's Trailblazers to Follow of 2021, we caught up with Shannon Berry to learn more about her similarities to Dot, navigating acting in 2021, and the biggest moment of her life.
Your character in the Amazon Original “The Wilds” is a resourceful, survival-show fanatic who proves to be an asset on the island. How much do you relate to her?
Like Dot, I grew up watching classic survival shows with my own Dad, whenever Bear Grylls was on you could usually find me on the couch right next to him! However on a deeper note, I think we are both the same in how we react when someone close to us needs help, we adopt the caregiver role. I find that, like Dot, I too struggle with asking for help from others, it’s something I’m slowly getting better at. We are both used to pulling ourselves up and getting the hard jobs done, while putting our own needs last.
If you were stranded on an island, what would your role be?
I would love to say a gatherer of sorts, but I feel, knowing my luck, I’d accidentally pois