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Shortland Street

Weeknights at 7pm | TV2

Get to know Thomasin McKenzie

How did you get your role on SS?

My mum got an email asking me to audition, so my mum and I sent in a tape and it went on from there.

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

I have been acting for a long time because it is in my family. I wouldn’t call it a big break but I was in a movie called “Existence” which was being filmed for NZ film festival when I was six.

Name three similarities between you and your onscreen character.

Pixie is quite iron-willed and forgiving and according to my parents so am I. She also doesn’t seem to agree when people say there are some things that boys can do but girls can’t and neither do I. She thinks girls can do anything boys can.

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

There is a scene coming up where I have to throw up on a dress.

Which other character would you like to be and why?

I’m not sure; I need to get to know the other characters better.

What are your hobbies/interests outside of SS?

I play the piano, Suzuki method and tennis.

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

Usually I go on my phone, do school work or talk to the other people working on Shortland Street

What is your favourite destination in NZ and overseas?

Wellington, just because I was born there and even though it is usually windy and cold, I love it there. Japan because I love the weather. I went to Japan at the end of 2012 with my best friend and her family and I loved it.

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

I have an eight year old sister, a sixteen year old brother and a 30 year old half-sister, she is about to have a baby!

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

I was born in July 2000. I am a Leo

Do you have any pets?

I have a dog called Totoro, named after the forrest spirit in the Japanese animated movie- My Neighbor Totoro.

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

I look up to my mum, grandma and my dad because they are all amazing actors and haven’t just done plain acting but they have acted solo plays in prisons, onstage and on television and have written things too…

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

I really enjoy acting anyway but since there is such a big cast there is always someone to talk to. And I really enjoy a lot of the scenes I’m in

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

I hate watching myself on screen because all I do is criticize myself and think I could have done so many things better.

What is your favourite food?

I love Sushi, Macaroni Cheese and cucumber.

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

I don’t really have one, but my family’s favorite film is my Neighbor Totoro

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

I’m from Wellington and I still live in Wellington… the days I’m not working I just fly back down.

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

I like working with all the actors and haven’t come across anyone I don’t like working with.

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

I haven’t been working on Shortland Street for a very long time, but everyone that I have met has been kind and helpful.

What’s the best experience you’ve had with a fan/fans?

I haven’t had any yet, and I don’t think I will be stopped on the street or anything very soon.

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

My first day was on location and we were playing soccer. I was a bit nervous because a couple of days before I got a popped blood vessel in my eye so blood was covering half of my left eye. It looked horrible but everything turned out fine.