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Angela Bloomfield: On being Rachel...

Interview – 2012

Angela Bloomfield made a splash on Shortland Street when she first joined the show as messed up teenager Rachel McKenna. Over her long stint on the series, her character has battled bulimia, survived a lightning strike and recovered from alcoholism. Once voted NZ’s sexiest TV star, she has acted in the films Bonjour Timothy and Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners, and appeared in the TV shows Ride with the Devil, and Dancing with the Stars. As well as acting, Bloomfield has directed episodes of Shortland Street, Jackson’s Wharf and Go Girls.

In this ScreenTalk, Bloomfield talks about:

  • Getting the bug for acting on the set of Bonjour Timothy
  • Learning to act differently for film in The Frighteners
  • Being terrified on her first day on the set of Shortland Street
  • Enjoying playing the role of Rachel McKenna on the show
  • Feeling flattered but surprised by being seen as a sex symbol
  • How directing episodes of the soap has influenced her acting
  • Treating her stint on Dancing with the Stars as another job
  • Really wanting to have a lead role in a feature film

This video was first uploaded on 15 May 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