In­spi­ra­tions: ac­tress Jen­nifer Ward-Lealand

Jen­nifer Ward-Lealand, 53, lives in Auck­land with her hus­band Michael Hurst and their sons Jack and Cameron. She stars in Dirty Laun­dry, com­ing soon on TV One.

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MY AD­VICE TO MY 16-YEAR-OLD SELF WOULD BE... Ev­ery­thing will work out as you want it to - just don’t worry.”

If I could bring some­one fa­mous or ac­com­plished back from the dead… It would be Wil­liam Shake­speare. I bet that be­sides be­ing bril­liant, he would re­ally un­der­stand just how ac­tors work.

The quote that al­ways mo­ti­vates me is… “Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Maori – the lan­guage is the life force of the mana Maori” from Sir James Henare. It in­spires me to keep learn­ing this gor­geous lan­guage. I started at 46 with night classes and then I did an im­mer­sion course in 2013 and

I’ve been do­ing uni­ver­sity diploma since then – not to gain a de­gree but to keep talk­ing and learn­ing. I would love to have the op­por­tu­nity to play a te reo-speak­ing Pakeha.

My most prized pos­ses­sion is…

(Aside from my fam­ily) my Burmese cats, Vin­nie and Ruby. They are ridicu­lously adored by us. At the mo­ment the line-up in the bed in the morn­ing is Michael, Vin­nie, me and then Ruby, be­cause it is cold. Ruby is a thief – she has stolen about 300 items from around the neigh­bour­hood. She has such a quirky per­son­al­ity.

The last film I loved was... In­cendies, a Canadian mys­tery drama about a brother and sis­ter un­rav­el­ling the mys­tery of the world. I couldn’t stop think­ing about it for weeks.

My dream hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion is…

Turkey. Michael and I went there in the early 1990s and had the best time. I would like to take the chil­dren to Cap­pado­cia (Cen­tral Turkey), where we spent more than three weeks ex­plor­ing what is an ex­traor­di­nary land­scape, rid­ing through it on a mo­tor­cy­cle. Cap­pado­cia is in­cred­i­ble. It’s like go­ing to the sur­face of the moon.

The ac­tor I would like to play me in the movie of my life is... Some­one tall who can sing… and speak te reo Maori. I’d love it if it was some­one as yet undis­cov­ered.

When I need to wind down… I lie on the bed with the cats and read.

My per­fect win­ter night in… This en­tails a roast din­ner cooked by my hus­band, Michael, sit­ting by the fire and watch­ing a great TV se­ries. We are watch­ing Blood­lines, House of Cards and we re­ally loved Bet­ter Call Saul. I was away when Filthy Rich was on and I recorded the whole lot so I am also watch­ing all of those lovely New Zealand ac­tors chew­ing up the scenery on that.

MY GREAT­EST ACHIEVE­MENT IS... My chil­dren. Jack is 19 and he has started work­ing in the screen in­dus­try in crews. He has worked on Find Me a Maori Bride and done a cou­ple of web se­ries. Cameron is 16 and in Year 12 at col­lege.

THE FOOD THAT MAKES ME FEEL EN­ER­GISED IS... A salad made of veg­eta­bles freshly picked from our gar­den.


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