After initially being picked out of obscurity from over 1000 teenagers, Ilai made his television and acting debut in 2011 on Fox8’s Hugely successful drama SLiDE. In which he played the epitome of cool as character (Jamie) acting alongside Brenton Thwaites (The Giver). The show aired both in Australia and internationally later being nominated for an International Emmy Kids Award for Best Kids Series. Soon after Ilai appeared on ABC’s landmark television series, Redfern Now supporting a stellar cast of Australia’s finest young and upcoming talent with the likes of Miranda Tapsell (Sapphires). Next Ilai can be seen acting alongside David Wenham (Getting Square) in ABC’s Drama, The Code.
As well as television, Ilai has also starred in a mix of short films that have appeared at many Australian Film festivals such as Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Dungog Film Festival, Bondi Film Festival.
Most notably Ilai can be found acting alongside some of Australia’s biggest comedic talent (Magda Szubanski, Hamish Blake, Stephen Curry, Gina Riley, Jane Turner, Shane Jacobson) on Foxtel’s original Sketch Comedy series, Open Slather which screened 20 episodes on The Comedy Channel. Ilai was cast alongside other newcomers as apart of the Main Ensemble, this gave Ilai the opportunity to write and develop original characters as well as act with International stars, Amy Schumer (Trainwreck) and Bill Hader (SNL, The Skeleton Twins).