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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 was first uploaded on 7 August 2009, 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