About Shaun Edwards-Brown
Get to know more about new face Shaun Edwards-Brown
How did you get your role on Shortland Street?
My agent flew to Auckland to set up cattle call auditions for her actors in Christchurch. I wasn't going to do it because of work, but my wife encouraged me to do it.
Got asked to Auckland for another character. Next day I had it. Cool.
How long have you been acting and how did you get your first big break?
I've been doing amateur stage shows with Riccarton Players and Showbiz Christchurch for years. Occasionally did a day or two of extra work, but this is pretty much my first big break.
Name three similarities between you and your onscreen character.
We both try not to show too much stress to other people.
We really care and want to protect others.
Both get excited by emergencies and try to fix it.
Which other character would you like to be and why?
I'd love to be a really evil character like Ethan Pierce was, just to let loose and see how far you could take it.
What are your hobbies/interests outside of Shortland Street?
As a father of two beautiful children, I have the most intense hobby around! I try to spend as much time with them as possible.
I know one day I'll wake up and they'll be grown up and I don't want to miss a thing.
What do you do in your down time during the day when you're not shooting?
I've found there's a lot of downtime, so staying up is quite hard. Usually I'm in my dressing room (that's a cool thing to say) listening to school funk or reggae and learning lines.
Handball is quite popular round these parts too, so I've been getting schooled in the fine art of that.
What is the thing you enjoy most about going to work everyday?
Seeing "Shortland Street" on the wall outside. I mean who really gets to do that?
Are you from Auckland or did you move here to film Shortland Street? Where did you grow up?
I'm a Christchurch boy since age ten and am commuting whilst my family and I decide what to do if my character lives or dies!
Grew up in Wainuiomata, Papatoetoe, then Aranui in Christchurch. Great places to grow up in at the time.
Have you made any good friends amongst the cast and crew?
So far everyone has been great. Peter Mochrie has been my handball ally, which is a big deal at South Pacific Pictures.
Can you remember your first day on Shortland Street - what was it like?
It was a bit like running downhill in the dark. No idea what was happening, just try to listen for your name.