Michelle stages a role reversal
Power Ranger’s star Michelle Langstone is leaving behind superhero action for something a little more grown-up.
The 29-year-old Ponsonby resident is well known for her roles on Power Rangers and McLeod’s Daughters. Now she plays the centre of a love triangle in the Harold Pinter story Betrayal, starting at the Herald Theatre tonight.
She stars alongside Oliver Driver and Colin Moy.
Michelle takes on the role of Emma, a wife whose illicit affair destroys her marriage and sabotages a friendship.
“It’s a really grown-up play for me in a lot of ways,” she says.
In an unusual twist, Betrayal is told in reverse chronological order, starting at the end of the affair and tracking back to the forbidden first kiss.
“It’s quite complicated, but in a really compelling and engaging way,” she says.
Michelle says working with the script by Pinter, winner of the Nobel prize for literature, has been rewarding.
“It’s an amazing, timeless, beautiful play and it’s a story anyone can relate to.”
She says the play has also been a “wonderful shift” and quite a change for her after her most recent appearance on the actionseries Power Rangers.
Michelle describes her time on the series as imaginative, crazy, and “so much fun”, but says it is nice to swap screen acting for the stage, something she tries to do once a year.
She plans to head to Australia at the end of this year and see where the work takes her.
“New Zealand will always be my home and I really love it but I also like the challenge of setting myself adrift.”
Betrayal runs at the Herald Theatre until July 19.
All grown up: Michelle Langstone’s latest play Betrayal is a story of love and deceit, told in reverse.