Kiwi actress nabs ground-breaking role playing one of the first digital human beings

When you're an actress, you're always looking for new roles - villain, heroine - and everything in between.

Well, how about a role as a digital human for an audience numbering in the hundreds of millions?

That's what actress Shushila Takao's done for one of the top software companies in the world, with the help of Kiwi technology.

Tim Wilson met Shushila at Soul Machines to get some tips on going digital. 

Shushila Takao, with the help of Kiwi company Soul Machines, is taking a leading role as a ground-breaking artificial intelligence helpdesk worker. Source: 1 NEWS



Cher felt like an 'outsider' when she was growing up

Cher says she has always felt like an outsider and it gives her empathy towards others.

The 72-year-old performer has gone on to find huge success in the music and acting worlds but admitted that the feeling of not belonging has never left her.

Speaking to Australia's Courier Mail's Confidential, she confessed: "I felt like an outsider when I was growing up. I didn't really fit in. I didn't really want to try to fit in.

"You never really forget it, no matter how successful you become. No matter what, you always have empathy and know what it is like to feel different."

Meanwhile, Cher recently admitted she has "never been a huge Cher fan", despite being one of the music industry's best-known talents.

Asked to recall when she started to feel confident as a singer, she confessed: "I never feel confident. Off and on, I've felt good about my singing. But I've never been a huge Cher fan. I like doing it more than hearing it. So except for a couple of albums..."

Asked to name her best Cher album, she told The New York Times newspaper: "It's probably between 'Believe' and a highly underrated album called 'Closer to the Truth'. There's not a bad cut on either one of them.

"I've made millions of albums, and most of them are absolutely no good. But some of them aren't bad."

By contrast, Cher finds acting to be a straightforward challenge and says working in a film studio is easier than performing on a stage.

This week SUNDAY sits down for an exclusive interview with Cher – the singer, movie star, fashion icon and political activist.
Source: Sunday

TODAY'S
TOP STORIES

Watch: First glimpse of Joaquin Phoenix turning into Joker for new film

Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures Joker movie starring Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the title role.

He will be appearing alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro in a film directed, produced and co-written by Oscar nominee Todd Phillips.

Phillips released sneak peak footage of Phoenix turning into Joker via an Instagram video today.

The thespian will hope to match the late Heath Ledger's iconic take on the villain in The Dark Knight.

The film is scheduled for release in the US on October 4, 2019.

Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in the upcoming Joker film.

TODAY'S
FEATURED STORIES

Meet Georgia Fowler, the host of Project Runway New Zealand, on the hunt for 'amazing talent'

Meet the host of Project Runway New Zealand, Georgia Fowler.

She puts her success so far down to hard work, she told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp.

"There have been a lot of jobs that have been like the "dream" - like the time I got French Vogue, with the biggest photographer you can shoot with, that was incredible.

"Getting the Victoria's Secret show - since I was a little girl I wanted to do that, I tried for years and years and years and trained my butt off for it and finally got it," she told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp."

Fowler was born in England, but has lived in New Zealand almost her whole life apart from when she is away in New York modelling.

She says being a television show host is "amazing".

"It's great just to be home, to be able to host a show like Project Runway is amazing.

"To actually be judging talent trying to find the new next designer is something I am passionate about and hopefully we can find some amazing talent, bring them up and show them to the world."

Project Runway New Zealand starts Monday 1 October at 7:30pm on TV2.

Sam Wallace spoke with Georgia, a Victoria’s Secret model. Source: Seven Sharp


'It's really going to take off from here' - Audi launch first ever electric car

Car manufacturer's Audi have launched their first ever electric car in San Francisco, showing off their new creation earlier this week.

Seven Sharp's Michael Holland was there at the release in the California city, the same location that Tesla pioneer Elon Musk launched his creation to the world.

Watch the video above for more.

Seven Sharp’s Michael Holland was there. Source: Seven Sharp


Topics