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Robyn Malcolm: On playing Cheryl West...

Robyn Malcolm: On playing Cheryl West...

Interviews - 2009

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Award-winning actor Robyn Malcolm has become one of our most loved performers, and been voted New Zealand’s sexiest woman two years in a row. Since joining the cast of Shortland Street in 1994, Malcolm has played a diverse range of gritty characters. Her TV credits include the tele-feature Clare, Mercy Peak, Serial Killers, Shark in the Park, and her award-winning role as matriarch Cheryl West in the TV3 hit Outrageous Fortune. Malcolm's film acting credits include Perfect Strangers, Absent Without Leave, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lovely Bones.

In this ScreenTalk, Malcolm talks about:

  • Getting the acting bug in school
  • How she thought Shortland Street would be her only TV role
  • The challenging experience of playing a cervical cancer survivor in the tele-feature Clare
  • How playing an ex-porn star turned teacher, and kissing Craig Parker could be included in her list of career lows and highs
  • The emotional intensity of the documentary Our Lost War: Passchendaele
  • How proud she is that Outrageous Fortune has changed the way we see ourselves on television
  • And how a prediction that her career would consist of acting as mothers and whores has come true

This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence

Interview, Camera & Editing – Andrew Whiteside