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Pua Magasiva: On small but perfectly formed roles…

Interview – 2012

Samoan-born actor Pua Magasiva was inspired by his older brother Robbie Magasiva to get into show business. Best known for playing nurse Vinnie Kruse in Shortland Street, he also had roles in TV productions Power Rangers, Outrageous Fortune and Diplomatic Immunity. He also appeared in films Sione's Wedding (as Sione), 30 Days of Night, and Matariki. Magasiva passed away in May 2019. 

In this ScreenTalk recorded in 2012, Magasiva talked about:

  • Having a fantastic time playing the 'leader' in Power Rangers
  • Cringing after watching his early acting work on Shortland Street
  • How the pace of production on the show improved his performance
  • Not appearing much in Sione's Wedding, despite his character being in the title
  • Creating a machine to fight vampires in 30 Days of Night
  • Hoping he wouldn’t stuff up on the set of Outrageous Fortune
  • Ad agency qualms about the popular Lift Plus commercials
  • How putting on a costume made him feel like a policeman in Matariki
  • Willing to be handcuffed and hurt for TV series East West 101
This video was first uploaded on 21 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