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Angela Bloomfield: On being Rachel...

Interview – 2012

Angela Bloomfield made a splash on Shortland Street when she first appeared as "messed up" teen Rachel McKenna. Over her long stint on the series, Rachel triumphed over bulimia, alcoholism and a lightning strike. Once voted New Zealand’s sexiest TV star, Bloomfield has acted in movies Bonjour Timothy and The Frighteners, and featured on TV's Ride with the Devil and Dancing with the Stars. She has also directed for Shortland Street, Jackson’s Wharf and Go Girls.

In this ScreenTalk, Bloomfield talks about:

  • Getting the bug for acting on the set of movie Bonjour Timothy
  • Working with Peter Jackson and Michael J Fox on movie The Frighteners
  • Being terrified on her first day on the set of Shortland Street
  • Enjoying playing Rachel McKenna on the show
  • Feeling flattered but surprised at being seen as a sex symbol
  • How directing episodes of the soap has influenced her acting
  • Treating her stint on Dancing with the Stars as another job
  • Her keenness for a leading role in a feature film
This video was first uploaded on 15 May 2012, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside
...she was perceived as naughty, and that's really appealing, you know? That's fun to play and everyone seemed to get a kick out of it. She says all these things that you wish you could say, but you just never would.
– Angela Bloomfield discusses her Shortland Street character Rachel McKenna