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Pearl McGlashan plays Jasmine Cooper - Shortland Street TV2

Jasmine and Evan Cooper - Shortland Street

Onscreen, Shortland Street's Pearl McGlashan plays the role of 14-year old Jasmine, the shy, youngest daughter of the Cooper family.

Off-screen however, 16-year old actress McGlashan couldn't be more different from her reserved character.

Daughter of well known New Zealand musician Don McGlashan, lead singer of Mutton Birds, Front Lawn and Blam Blam Blam, McGlashan says she grew up surrounded by inspiring music and people, so thinks it's no surprise that she has ended up in the entertainment industry.

"My parents did try to warn me off it, they said, 'there's no money in it and we need you to look after us in our old age, so... don't do it'," says McGlashan, laughing. "Clearly that didn't work out though."

Before landing the part of Jasmine on Shortland Street , McGlashan featured in several television commercials, modelled dresses for designer Katie Battersby and the book The Dress Circle: New Zealand Fashion Design Since 1940, fronted the successful punk rock band Bandicoot (who opened 2010's Big Day Out), and managed to juggle high school while she was at it.

"I've had a really exciting 12 months, and landing the role at Shortland Street has been the icing on the cake," says McGlashan. "As a young actor I couldn't really ask for a better job - it's like a training ground. Everyone here is so helpful, lovely and good at what they do."

Having watched the show religiously for the past few years, McGlashan says it was initially strange to be a part of it.

"When I first started I'd catch myself staring at some of the actors," says McGlashan. "I had to get a lot better at looking while they weren't looking."

When McGlashan's not filming or attending Western Springs College, she enjoys spending time with her friends and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

"I love loud music, velvet dresses, mascara, tea, matching socks, miniatures, The New Yorker Magazine, and cardigans," says McGlashan. "Do they count as hobbies?"

Catch Pearl as Jasmine weeknights at 7 on TV2.