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Shortland Street

Weeknights at 7pm | TV2

Get to know Grace Palmer

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

Born and raised in Tai Tapu – NZ’s greatest small town, located just south of the Garden City (Christchurch.)

Name any similarities between you and your onscreen character.

We both share a great appreciation for a fabulous wardrobe.

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

I’ve loved working so closely with Michael and Angela (Chris and Rachel). I’ve watched and admired them both since I was a little girl and it’s so exciting to now be acting alongside them.

What are your hobbies/interests outside of SS?

I love music – singing, song writing. I’m a keen dancer (generally within the comfort of my own bedroom mirror), and I try my best to keep fit, whether it be through trampolining, rollerblading or going for a good old fashioned run.

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

When I’m not learning or rehearsing lines, I love spending time with friends and family. I’m also a massive foodie and am always up for trying out new cafes and restaurants.

How many brothers and sisters do you have, are they older or younger?

Two older sisters, a younger sister and a younger brother. It’s a bit of a mad house, but they’re the best.

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

9th of November 1994 – Scorpio

Do you have any pets? 

Back at home we have two golden retrievers, two cats, three pigs and a handful of chickens. – Much to my family’s amusement, my chronic fear of birds has prevented me from ever getting close enough to count the chooks.

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

I’m a massive Kristen Wiig fan. She never fails to make me cry with laughter, and she’s totally her own person. I often spend hours Youtubing her Saturday Night Live Clips or deleted scenes from various films.

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

I couldn’t pick one. Every actor I’ve had the pleasure of working with, brings something different to the table – making each scene so varied.

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

I used to watch Shorty all the time, but when I moved to Sydney I got a little behind. I find it hard to watch myself on screen, so I tend to just listen when I’m making dinner or something, but I’m slowly getting used to it.

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

It was full on. I had flown in from Aussie late the night before, and was a bit of a lost sheep on set. However, all the cast and crew were so welcoming and understanding that by the end of the week it felt like home.