Jackie van Beek's CV is as impressive as it is long — she's a respected actor, writer, and director across comedy and drama, for stage, television and film. In this Funny As interview, she talks about a plethora of subjects, including:
- Performing with friends Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement, Loren Taylor, Taika Waititi and Jonathan Brugh at the start of her career — "Wellington in the 90s for me was just this hugely creative, liberating period of time"
- How falling in love "overnight" with comedian Jesse Griffin in Melbourne eventually led to making her own films — she directed her first short film in Alice Springs, after leading a clown workshop there for kids
- Loving improvising her dialogue as a vampire groupie in hit movie What We Do in the Shadows, and getting to work again with "dear old friends" Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement
- How job sharing amongst the mainly female crew on comedy feature The Breaker Upperers "felt really good", as people on set were much less stressed
- Finding it "very difficult" to get any acting and directing roles in television for years
- Having her "mind blown" when she watched American movie Bridesmaids, and sensing it marked a new chapter for women in comedy
This interview was recorded for 2019 TV series
Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy.
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