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Shortland Street

Weeknights at 7pm | TV2

The Comeback Kid

How did you get your role on Shortland Street?

I am reprising my role as Rachel McKenna after a long break. ( Read all about it here in Return of the Home-Wrecker)

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

I've been acting for nearly twenty years. My first break was on Shortland Street. A role that gave me years of employment and good fun.

Name three similarities between you and your onscreen character.

We both like clothes and fashion. She's a hard worker like me - albeit a bit geeky.

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

 After many years on the show, there's so much to choose from. High, high drama always seems to happen on location, so those are my favourite days.
For example, running away from a car that explodes behind me, or running through the Waitakere ranges in a wedding dress away from a psycho boyfriend.

Which other character would you like to be and why?

I would love to play a doctor - I love the props they get to play with. They seem so intelligent.

What are your hobbies/interests outside of Shorty Street?

Spending time with my family. Doing craft with the kids. I love cooking. Watching movies.


What do you do in your down time during the day when you're not shooting?
I try to get to the gym. Go through lines for upcoming shoot days. Read books.

What is your favourite destination in NZ and overseas?

There's still so many places that I haven't been and many I'd like to return to. New York would be cool. Or France again. I would love to go to Kaikoura and watch whales or dolphins.

Are you single or attached?

Happily married.

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

11 December, Sagittarius.

Do you have any pets?

We have lots of pets at home. A cat called Molly, Pookie the rabbit and a tank full of tropical fish.

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

Anna Jullienne, cause she's here next to me, and awfully talented.

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

Dressing up in flashy clothes. Getting stuck into a scene that's really truthful and flowing.


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

Ooh that's a hard one. It's fun when the ante is lifted. Maybe a bit of a fire or explosion. Mind you, the recession means this kind of thing is rare.


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

Oh yes, it's been a while since I was on TV so I'm sure it will take some time to get used to.

What is your favourite food?

Japanese or kebabs at present.

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

I'm a massive fan of ER. I love all NZ television. Go us! I see loads of films. It's a favourite pastime.


Are you from Auckland or did you move here to film Shortland Street? Where did you grow up?

Grew up in Auckland, in West Auckland no less.


Have you made any good friends amongst the cast and crew?

Have made many friends over the years on set, both cast and crew. Not surprisingly when you spend so much time working together. It's a cliché - but it really is like a family out here.


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

Did some work with Radio Lollipop years ago and met some great volunteers and youngsters. It was hugely rewarding.

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

Oh there's creepy mail and over-excited fans, but nothing bad enough to stop you wanting to be an actor.

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

Yes I can. It was hugely terrifying and a massive learning curve, but really exciting.


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