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Robyn Malcolm: On playing Cheryl West...

Interview – 2009

Award-winning actor Robyn Malcolm has become one of New Zealand's most beloved performers. She has also 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, Serial Killers, Shark in the Park, and her award-winning role as matriarch Cheryl West in classic series Outrageous Fortune

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 are on her list of career lows and highs
  • The emotional intensity of documentary Our Lost War: Passchendaele
  • How proud she is that Outrageous Fortune has changed the way we see ourselves on television
  • How a prediction that her career would involve playing 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