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Shortland Street

Weeknights at 7pm | TV2

Get to know Hannah Gould

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born in Wellington and left there at age 18 to attend Unitec in Auckland as a Dance student.

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

I auditioned for the Fernleaf butter ads in 1988 when I was ten and played the role of Samantha Pollard (“Sam”) for seven years! I have a soft spot for theatre and performed in many of Shakespeare's plays at Wellington High School. I had a few guest roles as a teenager in Nzs 'Coverstory,' and 'Duggan' as well as American series 'William Tell.' Most recently I played naughty cop 'Ruth' in Channel One's “The Hothouse”.

Name three similarities between you and your onscreen character.

She believes in fate/karma/destiny

She dresses primarily for comfort but likes to stay stylish

She is not afraid to communicate upfront those niggly issues as they present themselves.

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

I just really enjoy the way everyone does their part and it works like a well-oiled machine from production down through wardrobe and make-up, crew and cast. It really is like being part of a little family (a lot of care and concern).

Which other character would you like to be and why?

I like Evan because he is non-stop; he gets involved (and quite deeply) in all sorts of sagas and adventures and remains active and interested the whole time. It's like he's in fast forward!

What are your hobbies/interests outside of SS?

I like to sew and I need to dance again asap.

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

I like to have a Nana nap but I keep a book around, too.

What is your favourite destination in NZ and overseas?

Takaka mountain is beautiful and I went to Florence in Italy as teenager, too.

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

I have an older half brother on my Mum's side and a younger half sister and another half brother both on my Dad's side (they ALL have different last names!)

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

21st November 1978; Scorpio with a dash of Sagitarius (year of the Earth Horse)

Do you have any pets?

I had a dog but he was too uppity for the baby :-(

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

Kate Winslet and Edward Norton

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

I like the stupid jokes and the clockwork nature of things; 3rd AD “Cat” keeps it all ticking along brilliantly.

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

I like the scene/s where Marnie and Evan struggle to confirm that they will keep their hands off each other whilst they obviously can't fight the desire to be with one another.

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

I like keeping up with everyone else's stories as you don't see what anyone else is up to till it airs. I find it strange to see how much older I am given that I was used to seeing myself on screen as a teenager, mostly

What is your favourite food?

I love Mexican food and salads

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

The (original) Muppet Show, although I love that shrimp in the newer episodes

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

Jennifer Ludlam (Leanne) is an absolute joy and Lucy and Tyler are ridiculous to the point of hysterics; it's charming, really. Also, Sally Martin is a sweet heart onset and off set.

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

Everyone is great; Michael Galvin is very gracious and down-to-earth and the make0up department is full of sweethearts

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

I had to pretend to throw up in a sink with Oliver Driver directing; another day in the life of the weird and wonderful world of acting :-)