Get to know: Sophie McIntosh
Sophie McIntosh joins Shortland Street as the mysterious teen, Honour.
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Auckland.
How long have you been acting, and how did you get your first big break?
My Mum is an actor, and dancing and acting have been a huge part of my life, but Honour on Shortland Street is my first big job.
Name three similarities between you and your onscreen character.
- We are both quite sporty, active people.
- We are both confident and like making new friends.
- We both really like music.
What has been your best experience/scene on the show to date?
Probably my very first day shooting. We were at the beach and I got to hang out, play ball, and eat ice cream with the cast and crew. It was a great first day.
Which other character would you like to be and why?
Probably Bella Cooper. She’s such a fun and bubbly character. I think she’d be really fun to play.
What are your hobbies/interests outside of SS?
Dancing in particular, but I also really love music, reading and athletics.
What do you do in your downtime during the day when you’re not shooting?
I usually hang out with KJ and Robbie, although during school exams I spent most of my downtime studying!
What is your favourite destination in NZ and overseas?
In New Zealand it’s the Bay of Islands, or Taranaki. Overseas, although I’ve never been there, I really want to go to Svalbard.
How many brothers and sisters do you have, are they older or younger?
I have a younger sister Ella who is 14, and a younger brother Theo who is 11.
What is your date of birth and what star sign are you?
May 11th 1996. I’m a Taurus.
Do you have any pets?
A cat called Sugar!
Who is the actor or actress that you look up to or admire the most?
I have always loved Maggie Smith, Julie Andrews and Judi Dench. Also more recently, Jennifer Lawrence.
What is the thing you enjoy most about going to work everyday?
I get to do what I love everyday, and meet lots of really cool and interesting people at the same time.
What has been your favorite scene to film in your time at Shortland Street?
So far, probably the “party” scenes. There were heaps of teens on set and it was pretty fun.
Do you watch Shortland Street at home? If yes, is it strange seeing yourself on television or are you used to it?
I do watch it but I haven’t aired yet. I think it will be really strange to watch when I do come on.
What is your favourite food?
Chocolate and sushi.
What is your favourite television programme and/or film of all time?
Billy Elliot and Skins.
Which other actors/actresses do you like working with the most and why?
KJ and Robbie as we get on really well and it’s always a lot of fun. Also Rene Naufahu because he’s such an accomplished actor, and a great guy, and I’m learning a lot from him.
Have you made any good friends amongst the cast and crew?
Everyone is so nice and I feel like everyone at the studio is great friends, but I am especially close to the other teen actors and the coaches who work with us.
Can you remember your first day on Shortland Street – what was it like?
Scary, but everyone was so lovely and welcomed me to the family.