Where did you grow up?
I grew up mostly in Dunedin. I went to primary and secondary school there. Kavanagh College, and then Otago University.
I spent a lot of summers in central Otago, in Clyde and Alexandra. I was also lucky enough to have parents who took me and my siblings all over the South Island in a caravan when we were younger.
How long have you been acting and how did you get your first big break?
I have been acting since I was 5. Mum saw me running around the house in a lambskin and waving a stick, so she sent me to children’s theatre where I played the Huntsman in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at the Globe theatre in Dunedin. I worked regularly at the Playhouse theatre and later at the Fortune theatre.
Dunedin theatre and some very passionate speech teachers fostered a huge love of theatre in me. But it wasn’t until I was midway through second year at Toi Whakaari in Wellington that I was cast in my first television role as Brad, a skinhead, in the Gibson Groups Insiders Guide to Love.
Name three similarities between you and your onscreen character.
We both think Juila/Jessica Joy Wood is hilarious!
Dylan and myself are both huge animal lovers. Especially birds. We both love native NZ birds.
I also think that we both have very good taste in music. It’s eclectic but solid.
What has been your best experience/scene on the show to date?
It’s hard to say. But getting a chance to walk some hallways that have had so many great NZ actors in them. Lunch is also a highlight. Shortland Street does really good lunch.
Which other character would you like to play and why?
I think I’d like to play Dawn. She seems to be put through the ringer. She gets into some very interesting storylines and always seems to come out on the right side. I think I’d definitely like a crack at playing Dawn. Might struggle with the costumes but I’ll have a go.
If you weren’t an actor, what would you be?
A veterinarian. For sure! I love animals and would love to work with them on a closer scale. I would love a job that allowed me to deal with animals all day. Life is better with those guys in it. I have always been a fan of the saying ‘be the person your dog thinks you are’.
What is your favourite place to travel?
Central Otago. But exterior of NZ I really enjoyed India. What an amazing country with some beautiful people. Such a rich cultural experience as well. I would LOVE to see Russia. That's next on the agenda. But I am also a World War II buff so I really enjoyed Europe for that. Seeing all the land marks and battle fields etc.
What star sign are you, and do you believe in horoscopes?
I am a Libran. I like to believe that yes, certain signs have certain traits. I am personally friends with an unnatural amount of Aries. Apparently a very compatible star sign for Librans. Who knows though right? Mind you, thats a very Libran thing to say.
Do you have any pets?
No. And it hurts me every day. I don’t have the living environment for a pet. Little too transient. But my lord I want one. And by that I mean many.
Who is the actor or actress that you were most excited to work with?
In the world? Sam Rockwell or Nathan Fillion. Hands down two of the best actors out there at the moment.
What would be your last meal if you were on death row?
Indian. A mango chicken with rice. A garlic Naan, and a Charlie's cola. Then some carrot cake for desert. Yum.
What is your favourite film of all time, and why?
Thats really hard to say. I have many. But top of the pops, Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn. Because it’s amazing. There is drama, suspense, humour, and action. I am also a huge Trekkie. But I would very closely follow that with Star Trek: The Voyage Home. That's a very funny film.
The Lord of the Rings extended versions get an honourable mention as well.
Which other actors/actresses do you hang out with most between takes?
At the moment I hang out with Julia/Jessica Joy Wood and Kerry-Lee/Kylie. They are great to hang out with. Two very funny people. It makes life so easy if you can have some good laughs with the people you work with. And those two are a couple of comedians.
Can you remember your first day on Shortland Street – what was it like?
Haha it was nerve wracking. Its always interesting to start a job, I was coming into a fast moving machine. It was my first day but know one else’s so it was all about remembering the Anthony Hopkins quote, ‘learn your lines and don’t bump into the furniture’.