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Millen Baird: On the pros and cons of improvisation...

Interview – 2015

Writer, producer and actor Millen Baird made a splash with his award-winning comedy show The Millen Baird Show, before going on to make the popular web turned TV series Auckland Daze. Baird has also appeared in TV dramas Being Eve and The Almighty Johnsons, and took his top off for Step Dave.

In this ScreenTalk, Baird talks about:

  • Getting in too deep in his screen debut, playing a cult leader on Being Eve
  • How being in makeup too much got him fired as director on The Millen Baird Show 
  • Enjoying watching Madeleine Sami perform in Super City
  • Being told to stop ad-libbing by director Taika Waititi, and some other people
  • Playing a lycra-clad courier on TV's The Almighty Johnsons
  • Convincing Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton to make Auckland Daze
  • How Kiwi celebs loved doing cameos on the show
  • Playing a monotonal ‘duffus’ cop in Housebound
  • His surprise at being asked to be part of Step Dave
  • How low-budget web series LeeWay turned out to be a creative highlight
  • The origins of web series Darryl: An Outward Bound Story

Watch also this extended Funny As interview with Millen Baird.

This video was first uploaded on 7 December 2015, 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