Get to Know Teone Kahu
Teone plays Shorty's lovable bad boy, Hawks.
How did you get your role on SS?My agent put me up for the role. I auditioned for Hawks, and here we are.
Name three similarities between you and your onscreen character.We both like the outdoors. Hawks is into his fishing and hunting and I’m very much the same. We both like to think we are nice and caring individuals, up to you to judge. And we both look the same – haha.
What has been your best experience/scene on the show to date?Getting to work with such hard working and talented bunch of people. The cast and crew are just the best.
Which other character would you like to be and why?TK, because we get told we look alike a lot. Or Chris Warner, because he basically is Shortland Street
What are your hobbies/interests outside of SS?Boxing would have to be up there. I like fishing and hunting, and bush walks too. Hanging out and spending time with the people I don’t get to hang out with while at work.
What do you do in your down time during the day when you’re not shooting?Learn my lines, which is important with a show like Shortland Street. It’s very fast moving, and if you don’t know your lines everything gets behind schedule. I run lines with Lucy, or whoever I’m working with for the day. Also, hanging out with Ben Mitchell, we share a dressing room. When I get a spare moment I do like to go for a run.
What is your favourite destination in NZ?Christchurch, it’s my hometown.
What star sign are you?Virgo
Do you have any pets?No, but I would love to own a dog one day.
What is the thing you enjoy most about going to work every day?Getting to do what I love the most, acting.
What has been your favorite scene to film in your time at Shortland Street?All the stuff for the 25th Anniversary was really fun to film.
What is your favourite food?I would have to say seafood.
What is your favourite film of all time?Would have to be Scarface.
Which other actors/actresses do you like working with the most and why?Most of my scenes have been with Lucy Lovegrove who plays Sass. She's fun to work with. But everyone I’ve worked with has been great.
What’s the best experience you’ve had with a fan/fans?I can’t name one to be honest. Meeting all my fans has been such a good experience. Everyone is so welcoming and loving towards Hawks. it’s overwhelming, I love the fans.