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Well known actress Teuila Blakely joins the cast of Shortland Street this week, taking on the role of Maxwell’s (Robbie Magasiva) feisty ex-wife Vasa Levi. Quickly shaking things up, Vasa’s arrival promises to stir up some drama in Ferndale.
Nominated for best actress at the 2006 New Zealand Screen Awards for her role in Sione’s Wedding, Blakely has an extensive list of television, presenting and radio credits to her name, including Outrageous Fortune, Flava FM, Juice Music Television, Radiradirah and Bro Town.
Thrilled to accept a role on Shortland Street, Blakely says it’s been a fantastic experience so far.
“I’m learning so much at Shortland Street, and loving it all,” says Blakely. “The fast turn-around nature of shooting is different from anything I’ve worked on, but it’s great fun.”
Blakely likens Vasa to ‘Samoan hot sauce’, saying it won’t be long until she causes some trouble. When asked if she shares any similarities with Vasa, Blakely says they’re both Samoan, both single mothers and both great cooks.
Having acted alongside Robbie Magasiva in Sione’s Wedding, Blakely says it’s been great fun working with him again.
“Robbie works hard and is hard on himself, like I am, so we seem to work well together,” explains Blakely.
Blakely believes the family scenes have been her favourite material to film on the show so far.
“There hasn’t been a Pacific Island family on Shortland Street like this until now, so that’s pretty special,” says Blakely. “My onscreen daughter Frankie Adams (Ula) is just great too.”
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