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Stephanie Tauevihi: Escaping Donna Heka...

Interview – 2011

At the age of 15 actor and singer Stephanie Tauevihi debuted on TV as a reporter on the youth current affairs show InFocus. She gained nationwide fame playing Donna Heka on Shortland Street for seven years. Tauevihi has also appeared in the feature films Rest for the Wicked and Russian Snark. She won Best Supporting Actress at the 2010 Qantas Awards for her role in the latter film.

In this ScreenTalk, Tauevihi talks about:

  • Being a presenter on the teen-focused current affairs show InFocus
  • The terror of an autocue failing on her first live TV experience
  • The ‘surreal’ experience of acting on Shortland Street
  • Overcoming ‘intimacy issues’ with Blair Strang on the soap
  • Never truly getting away from the role of Donna Heka
  • Her amazing trip to India for Intrepid Journeys
  • Acting with thespian legends and ‘wiping their bums’ in the film Rest for the Wicked
  • How playing Rosanna in the film Russian Snark enabled her to develop her acting further

This video was first uploaded on 28 June 2011, 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