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Awanui Simich-Pene: 'Rima the Schemer'

Awanui Simich-Pene's adored playing "Rima the Schemer" on Living the Dream.

"I got to do things that in real life just wouldn't be tolerated - scheming behind people's backs and yelling and having full-on confrontations with people. But her scheming was the worst part of playing her as well - it's just so opposite from what I'm like, so it was quite uncomfortable in some ways."

The Northland native loved living the luxury life. "I'm one of four kids and we lived in a bus until I was eight. So when Rima said 'I've never lived in a house this big before', that was pretty much me saying that for real. But I acclimatised pretty quickly!"

Awanui's passion is really directing rather than acting, and her ultimate dream would be to direct a feature film. The 22-year-old auditioned for the show because she thought acting experience would help her as a director.

"And the show is a fantastic concept. What I really enjoy about it is that it's a real first in this country, and I got to be a part of it."