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Reservoir Hill

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Exclusive Q&A: Julie O'Brien aka Beth's Mum

How long have you been acting and how did you get your first big break?
My background is in Music Theatre and my big break was in 1987 (before most of the Res Hill viewers were born) when I got into a show called 'The Pirates of Penzance' which toured around NZ for about three months. My first big TV break was was on a show for TVNZ called 'Peppermint Twist'

What is the thing you enjoy most about working on Reservoir Hill?
The cast and crew. I ESPECIALLY like working with Beth. She's a beautiful actress and a really lovely person. Also Thomas and David our directors are fantastic. They make us feel very relaxed and always are asking us if we feel comfortable with our scenes which is such a gift.

What has been your favourite scene to film so far in Res Hill?
The scene where Beth and I talk about her being sent home from school on her first day and how if she doesn't like it there, she can always go back to her Dad. It made me want to cry.

What do you do in your down time when you're not shooting?
I don't have a lot of downtime as I run the Music Theatre Course at the Wellington Performing Arts Centre ; do voiceovers for TV and radio; and run singing workshops. I also have an eight-year-old daughter called Claudia and she keeps me extremely busy. When I do have some spare time I like going to the movies, having dinner with friends, cooking and singing of course!

Who is the actor or actress that you look up to or admire the most?
Angelina Jolie - looks, talent, and a fighter for good causes.

Which other character would you like to play and why?
Beth. She's very very cool.

Who do you TXT message the most?
My partner, Rob.

What's on your bedside table?
The book I'm currently reading, my bottle of water and mobile which I use as my alarm.

What song's been in your head all day / last song you downloaded?
I loooove Warwick Avenue by Duffy, especially the instrumental part. I don't download as I'm a bit of a techno dummy.

What is your favourite television programme and/or film of all time?
Fav TV - Friends. I have the whole boxed set and I constantly watch it. One of the best comedies ever.
Fav Movie - Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (The First One)

What is your date of birth and what star sign are you?

May 26. Gemini.

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Donny Osmond (ask your parents!)

What do your friends/family think about your starring role on Reservoir Hill?
They think it's great! They love the the show.