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Katherine Kennard: The ups and downs of the acting life...

Interview – 2012

Katherine Kennard left drama school and quickly landed a role on Xena: Warrior Princess. Her big break came playing lawyer Joni Collins across four seasons of Street Legal. Since then Kennard has appeared in a range of TV dramas including This is Not My Life, Shortland Street (twice), Spartacus and Nothing Trivial.

In this ScreenTalk, Kennard talks about:

  • Dealing with the pressures of Xena: Warrior Princess
  • Learning lots on her first visit to the fast-paced set of Shortland Street
  • Enjoying the "man’s world" of Street Legal
  • How Kennard's role on the show helped her grow as an actor
  • How sci-fi thriller This is Not My Life led to a change in direction in her life
  • Digging deep to portray a heroin addict in Underbelly: Land of the Long White Coud
  • Feeling like she had "come home" on the set of TV  series Nothing Trivial
  • How drawing on personal vulnerability makes for better performances
This video was first uploaded on 25 June 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
I literally walked out of drama school and I got Xena. It is overwhelming, and there's a lot of pressure and theres a lot of people around you
– (Katherine Kennard on acting in TV series Xena: Warrior Princess