Actor Charlie Rowe

Celebrity Q&A, People
on November 30, 2011

Was Charlie Rowe a Peter Pan fan before he took on the role in the new SyFy miniseries Neverland?

—Austin Carter, Klamath Falls, Ore.chando

"I think every young boy wants to be Peter Pan with the sword fighting, and all little girls want to be Wendy," says Rowe, 15. "Obviously I had read the book, seen all the films and just loved it. I loved the whole fantasy of it and the magical world."

The version of Neverland in which Rowe, who got his start in The Golden Compass, stars as Peter Pan is a prequel to the J.M. Barrie play. For the role, the London-born Rowe had to learn to fence and to fly. "You have this harness and your wire is attached to you, and they pull you up and they pull you across," he says. "So they're moving you around, but it's all down to where you position your body. If you have one arm out, then you'll drop down; if you have two arms out then you'll stay straight. It's really great fun, but it hurts."