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Shortland Street

Weeknights at 7pm | TV2

Ten minutes with Marise Wipani

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

Professionally since 1984. Ian Mune (actor/writer/director) and Larry Parr (then a producer) saw an audition I did for something else and got me to audition for their film "Came a Hot Friday".

Name three similarities between you and your onscreen character.

We're  both tall!
We both understand no matter what ups and downs exist, family are always there in the end.
We're both strong (though I'm not as stroppy).

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

 It's all been good.

Which other character would you like to be and why?

I am happy playing Rebecca. Yes she's stroppy, but she's strong.

What are your hobbies/interests outside of Shortland Street?

Baking, movies, pottering in the garden, history, other languages and cultures and reading.


What do you do in your down time during the day when you're not shooting?
Learn lines, do errands, see friends and perhaps some of the 'other interests' mentioned. Chop wood! House work.

What is your favourite destination in NZ and overseas?

In New Zealand I love Queenstown and the surrounding Central Otago region.

Overseas - there are many places I have yet to see. But out of the places I have been I liked Aspen, Colarado and the United States a lot.

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

Dame Judi Dench (British), Juliette Binoche (French), Benicio Del Torro (American), Julie Walters (American), Lisa Chappell (Kiwi), Gerard Depardieu (French), Ian Mune (Kiwi), Rebecca Gibney (Kiwi - adopted Aussie!).

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

The people I've met and worked with.

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

I am a West Aucklander.

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

They're all lovely to be around, though I don't see any of them outside of work.

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

Yes. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming.