Bindi Irwin has grown up in the public eye and in front of the camera ... and she wouldn't have it any other way.

In a new interview promoting her Hallmark Channel movie "Return to Nim's Island," the now-14-year-old daughter of the late Steve Irwin says she loves that so much of her life is on film.

"I think what's great is a lot of my childhood has been captured on film," she says. "It's really special that I have all these memories with my dad captured on tape so I can rewind and re-watch all of these special things and he'll always live on with us forever."

The Crocodile Hunter died in 2006 after a stingray pierced in chest, but Bindi says she wants to follow in his footsteps and "make sure that his legacy lives on forever to make sure his message never dies." 

The mature teen adds that her father "was a living, breathing superhero for me and I was so lucky to have so many amazing memories of him that I'll never forget."


It's crazy how much Bindi has grown up through the years -- see her transformation below:


Plus, watch the trailer for "Return to Nim's Island" below. The movie premieres tonight, Friday March 15, on The Hallmark Channel. 

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