Get to know: Kerry-Lee Dewing
Kerry-Lee Dewing (aka Kylie) reveals all about what she has in common with her character Kylie (apart from the letter K), first day nerves and her sweet tooth!
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
Cape Town, South Africa – I move to New Zealand at the age of 13.
How long have you been acting and how did you get your first big break?
I’ve been performing ever since I could walk, whether it was dancing or acting I lived for it. My first break was probably Kia Tangata Twitch in which I played Kate. But in terms of “BIG break”…this is it!!!
Name three similarities between you and your onscreen character.
We’re both passionate, honest and resilient
I think I am similar in that I can put on a brave face in times of uncertainty, but inside I can feel quite the opposite
What you see is what you get, with both Kylie and Kerry-Lee
What has been your best experience/scene on the show to date?
I had a lot of fun shooting my scenes with Vasa. Although Kylie feels quite anxious around her, she (Teuila) makes me feel very relaxed. I enjoy playing that character relationship.
Which other character would you like to be and why?
Maybe Vinnie…because of his spontaneity, and bubbly, light-hearted approach to things. He always looks like he’s having fun.
What are your hobbies/interests outside of the show?
Dancing, exercising, Bikram yoga, snowboarding and cooking!
What do you do in your down time during the day when you’re not shooting?
Lines, lines, lines and girls' talk with Amy.
What is your favourite destination in NZ and overseas?
I love Queenstown, I think it’s absolutely beautiful and I’ve had some awesome experiences down there.
Can I say Greece even though I haven’t been there? I know I’ll fall in love instantly.
So far Spain has been my fave: the atmosphere, culture, architecture and food are all to love.
How many brothers and sisters do you have, are they older or younger?
None, I’m an only child.
What is your date of birth and what star sign are you?
15/05/1989 Taurus (through and through).
Do you have any pets?
I had to leave my little puppy in South Africa, so no, I don’t. I miss her so much!
Who is the actor or actress that you look up to or admire the most?
Anthony Hopkins is one of my all time favourites!
What is the thing you enjoy most about going to work everyday?
I just love the whole environment; the people, the culture. I am so passionate about this craft, and so lucky to be able to come to a place everyday where everyone lives and breathes it. Really nothing can make me happier! In many ways it doesn’t feel like work, because I’m in my element everyday.
What has been your favorite scene to film in your time at Shortland Street?
There's a girls’ night in the flat coming up which was quite cool. We shot all the scenes back to back in order so the atmosphere was established early on so we could build and play with it.
Do you watch Shortland Street at home? If yes, is it strange seeing yourself on television or are you used to it?
I haven’t seen myself on Shorty yet, the day is approaching fast and my anxiety is growing haha, but I have seen my work on TV before and I don’t think it ever gets any easier to watch.
What is your favourite food?
Dessert! I have a serious sweet tooth. Ice cream, chocolate, sticky date, bread and butter pudding, cheesecake – I love them all. I have dessert every night without fail, and I try to make a new recipe every week.
What is your favourite television programme and/or film of all time?
Brothers. I also love musicals, I have since a very young age so growing up I loved movies like “The Sound of Music”.
Are you from Auckland or did you move her to film Shortland Street? Where did you grow up?
I have lived in Auckland since I moved to New Zealand in July 2002.
Which other actors/actresses do you like working with the most and why?
I suppose Amy and Brooke just because I’ve worked with them the most and we play such good friends that I feel comfortable in scenes I shoot with them.
Have you made any good friends amongst the cast and crew?
Everyone on Shorty is so lovely, cast and crew! I really couldn’t believe how warm and welcoming the Shortland Street family was from the moment I arrived. Of course starting at the same time as Amy Usherwood and working so closely together has meant we have grown quite close.
Can you remember your first day on Shortland Street – what was it like?
I was super nervous but only had one scene to shoot. Was good to get it over with so I could begin to relax and focus on the 13 scenes to be shot the following day. That day was daunting, but in fact went really well! Because we were so busy there was no time to stress.
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