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Victoria Blackman: 'Mary the Virgin'

Victoria Blackman had never even been in a school show before landed the role of Mary in Living the Dream.

In her school days the 19-year-old's passion had been "sport, sport, and more sport" - captaining the school hockey team, playing for North Harbour, and sprinting and long-jumping with North Harbour Athletics. When she tried a bit of drama at school, "I was told I wasn't very good at it", she laughs.

"I joined an agency about three months before because I had a friend who'd done various TV ads and had a lot of fun & plus they were making pretty good money for it. That's how it happened for me.

"Now I would never turn any acting experience down, ever, for any reason! Now I've done it once I understand why people go to auditions and try so hard."

Victoria is now in her second year of a Bachelor of Communications at AUT and is aiming at a career in public relations, but admits she's also "been bitten by the acting bug now."