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Madeleine Sami: The Amazonian that didn't die...

Madeleine Sami: The Amazonian that didn't die...

Interviews - 2011

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Actor, musician and comedian Madeleine Sami has been on our TV screens since the age of 18 when she debuted on Pio! and Shortland Street. Since then she has appeared in a number of TV shows including The Insiders Guide to Happiness, The Jaquie Brown Diaries, and Diplomatic Immunity. Sami has also graced the big screen in Sione’s Wedding, Under the Mountain, and the sequel to Sione’s Wedding. She also starred in quirky comedy series Super City – a programme of her own creation in which she played five roles.

In this ScreenTalk, Sami talks about:

  • Having to be taught continuity on the set of Shortland Street
  • Learning a lot from her more experienced co-stars on the soap
  • The fun and chaos on the set of the feature film Sione’s Wedding
  • How action in her most memorable scene was not actually in the script
  • Being in the most blood-thirsty episode of Xena
  • Loving her role as the comic patsy opposite the lead in The Jaquie Brown Diaries
  • Wanting to create a different type of comedy in Super City
  • Mixed reactions to the show – from confusion to a cultural icon
  • Not realising how much work was involved in playing five lead characters
  • Being taken by surprise by the news of a sequel to Sione’s Wedding

This video was first uploaded on 31 May 2011, 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