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Lana Coc-Kroft: Danger on screen and in real life...

Interview – 2012

TV presenter Lana Coc-Kroft first rose to prominence by being crowned Miss Universe New Zealand in 1988. Her TV debut was as a model on Sale of the Century before becoming co-host of Wheel of Fortune. Coc-Kroft established herself as an adrenaline junkie on shows such as Mountain Dew On the Edge and Can You Hackett, and showed herself to be the equal of her male colleagues on the long-running SportsCafe. While filming reality TV show Celebrity Treasure Island, Coc-Kroft developed a life-threatening illness after being cut by coral. She recovered and went on to host Who Dares Wins.

In this ScreenTalk, Coc-Kroft talks about:

  • How Phillip Leishman helped her overcome stage fright on Wheel of Fortune
  • Struggling with her role on the show
  • Jumping from a helicopter for the first episode of Mountain Dew On the Edge
  • Asking the ‘dumb’ questions on SportsCafe
  • The truth behind giving her phone number out on air
  • Demanding to be fed on the set of Celebrity Treasure Island
  • How getting sick on the show changed the TV industry
  • Feeling insecure on the set of Test the Nation
  • The real reason she thinks she was hired for Who Dares Wins
  • Being inspired by AJ Hackett on the show Can You Hackett
This video was first uploaded on 14 August 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