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Get to know: Benedict Wall

Benedict Wall plays Owen Sutherland - Shortland Street TV2

Benedict Wall plays Owen Sutherland on Shortland Street TV2.

New guy Benedict Wall plays ED consultant Owen Sutherland. We chatted to him about fitting in at Shorty Street.

How did you get your role on Shorty?

I walked in and asked for a part, Joking! I auditioned after getting a call from my agent.

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

I started acting seriously about seven years ago when I moved to New York to attend drama school at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre.
My first big TV job was playing Ben on Outrageous Fortune.

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

I grew up in Auckland and Wellington, although I have been living in Sydney for a few years working on a project over there.

Name three similarities between you and your onscreen character.

I can be a real perfectionist with my work. I can be pretty cheeky and we are both 6ft 2 tall (scary coincidence).

Which other character would you like to be and why?

I think that George's character Regan would have been a laugh;  naughty but lovable.

What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?

I am pretty social and spend lots of time with friends.
I also love movies, books and exercising so pretty much divide my time between those.

What do you do in your down time during the day when you're not shooting?
At the moment learning lines is how I spend my downtime, but I love going to movies and plays.
Running/reading/going out with my friends are also up there!

What is your favourite destination in NZ and overseas?

In NZ my favourite place is the Coromandal and overseas definitely New York.

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

June 17th and I am a Gemini.

Who is the actor or actress that you admire the most?

Historically, it would have to be Paul Newman but I do really like Tom Hardy at the moment.

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

Playing with the other actors. Acting is a fun, difficult, trying game but its also very rewarding.

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

I have some scenes coming up with Ben Mitchell (TK) which get pretty heated  - as an actor they are a lot of fun.

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

Most of my scenes are with Ben (TK) and Shavaughn (Roimata) and they are both great to work with.
I am also really looking forward to my scenes with Amanda (Sarah) as she is great too.

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

Amelia (Bella) and Sarah (Tracey) were friends of mine before I started so it's been great to spend time with them.
Everyone here is so cool so I am making lots of new friends too!

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