Kate Elliott began her life on screen after attending an audition at school. Since winning that role - as a bulimic, sexually abused, self-mutilating teenager in House of Sticks - Elliott has starred in many of New Zealand’s major television productions including Street Legal, The Insiders Guide to Love, The Cult, Shortland Street, and played Katherine Mansfield in tele-feature Bliss. Her film credits include Toy Love, The Locals, and Fracture.
In this ScreenTalk, Elliott talks about:
- Why she chose to be an actor
- How she began her screen career at age 14
- Making out with Madeleine Sami while wearing a school uniform in the Harry Sinclair production Pale Blue
- Her experiences on TV series Street Legal
- How strippers at Mermaids taught her how to act while under water in Toy Love
- Using what she learned on Toy Love for under water scenes in Bliss
- Her character in The Insiders Guide To Love
- Appearing in the Whittaker’s chocolate TV commercials
- Playing Katherine Mansfield for the first time in An Indiscreet Journey and how her character differed from the Katherine Mansfield in Bliss
- Juggling a new baby and her role in The Cult
- The fight to land her leading role in Bliss
- The unique skills involved in working on Shortland Street
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.
Interview, Camera & Editing - James Coleman