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21 questions with Josh McKenzie

Josh McKenzie plays Nate - Shortland Street on TV2

Josh McKenzie joins Shortland Street as Chris' ambitious new Executive Assistant Nate Clark. You can also read more on Josh in our feature here.

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was brought up in Wellington but grew up in Auckland.


How long have you been acting and how did you get your first big break?

My whole life. My break, of sorts, was my on my first feature film as one of the leads which subsequently led to two award nominations, one of which I took home. I suppose the gained me some street cred on the acting scene.


Name three similarities between you and your onscreen character.

  1. Attention to detail/perfectionist
  2. Extremely driven!
  3. Hiding his true self


What has been your best experience/scene on the show to date?

Sharing my dressing room with my bestest pal Monsieur Jones, and a scene where I wake up semi-nude with Vinnie filling out a charming pair of golden undies…


Which other character would you like to be and why?

I’m pretty content playing Nate for now.


What are your hobbies/interests outside of SS?

I’m a keen writer and musician. Love dabbling in all sorts of things. A good 9 holes with the Team (close group of my dearest friends) followed by a cheeky red (Foodtown’s finest).

Play a bit of AFL, make films with 2 geniuses through our production company. Try to read books. Sketch bad sketches. I’m interested in thinking lots, (learning cool stuff).


What do you do in your down time during the day when you’re not shooting?

Sleep, read, laugh at/with Pua & Cam, exercise, hang at the water cooler attempting to probe conversation out of any soul who dares to pass, chew gum, fill out questionnaires, play my guitar which is missing a string, sleep more.


What is your favourite destination in NZ and overseas?

Not one for favourites, but LA and Berlin are great! Gisborne at new year’s never ceases to astound me


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



Do you have any pets?

HAD two cats. Now one. Mischief (but he doesn’t live up to his name).


Who is the actor or actress that you look up to or admire the most?

Too many…however for the sake of the questionnaire, Paul Newman – as exceptional a man, as he was an actor.


What is the thing you enjoy most about going to work everyday?

NO TRAFFIC! Oh and doing what I love, and the people. Special shout out to Cam, Pua and Tyler.


What has been your favorite scene to film in your time at Shortland Street?

So far, waking up in bed with Vinnie. Half naked. But I hear more things to come…

Do you watch Shortland Street at home? If yes, is it strange seeing yourself on television or are you used to it?

Meh. I rarely watch myself, but not hugely phased (boring answer I know).


What is your favourite food?

Anything hot and savory with tomato sauce!


What is your favourite television programme and/or film of all time?

There are way too many incredible films/TV shows out there – each feeding on a different part of my soul. It just doesn’t seem right to narrow it down. I’m far too insatiable.

Which other actors/actresses do you like working with the most and why?

Obvious ones being Cam & Pua. Michael’s great fun though. And Ria always cracks me up.


What’s the best experience you’ve had with a fan/fans?

Not Shortland Street related, but from Go Girls playing a gay character I had a heartwarming Facebook message thanking me for (I guess) the part I played in gay awareness and acceptance. One of the greatest responses I’ve had from doing anything really.


What’s the strangest experience you’ve had with a fan/fans?

A guy took a photo of me on a train years ago and showed it to me the other night – the first time I’d met him…still unsure if he was actually a fan though.


Can you remember your first day on Shortland Street – what was it like?

PAINT BALL! Very good.