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Syd­ney-based Kiwi ac­tress Michelle Lang­stone stars in 800 Words on Wed­nes­day nights on TVNZ1.

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800 Words ac­tress Michelle Lang­stone

The song that makes me want to

dance is… Cer­e­mony by New Or­der, which I first heard when I was do­ing con­tem­po­rary dance classes. Now I play that song when I want to shake my spirit out. I can’t keep still when I hear it.

My dream des­ti­na­tion is… South Africa. I have wanted to go there since I was 11 years old, when the first big wave of em­i­gra­tion oc­curred from South Africa to New Zealand. Sud­denly I had all th­ese new friends in my class, who brought a com­pletely dif­fer­ent world to life in front of me. Then in my adult life I was em­ployed by a pub­lish­ing house that worked closely with the Nel­son Man­dela Foun­da­tion, so I have had a con­nec­tion to the coun­try through work and friend­ship. I was so happy to go last year to Johannesburg, Pre­to­ria and Capetown to re­search a film. It’s an adap­ta­tion of a South African novel I own the rights to.

One of the most in­ter­est­ing places I have vis­ited is… The Ke­nai Penin­sula in Alaska. Ev­ery­thing grows ridicu­lously quickly in their sum­mer of about six weeks – dur­ing that pe­riod there is 23 hours of sun a day, so plants that were at our knees when we ar­rived were over our head when we left three weeks later.

When I travel, I al­ways take… A book and a de­cent cam­era. With a book I al­ways have com­pany and with a cam­era I al­ways have me­mories. The film that changed my life was…

Ghost­busters. I was five years old and Dad took my sis­ter and I to see it at the St James Cin­ema in Auck­land. The St James in all its glory had those amaz­ing gold li­ons with glow­ing eyes, and at the point in the movie when Sigour­ney Weaver went crazy and all the gar­goyles came to life, those golden li­ons scared and thrilled me. It re­ally put a marker in me on how trans­form­ing film can be.

The pos­ses­sion I most trea­sure is… An old bat­tered pho­to­graph of my late grand­par­ents and I on my sev­enth birth­day. They were and still are tremen­dously im­por­tant in shap­ing my life. I miss them ter­ri­bly even though they have been gone for a long time. I take that photo with me when I am away from home for an ex­tended pe­riod. It gives me a lot of com­fort.

The quote that al­ways mo­ti­vates me is... Com­par­i­son is the thief of joy. –Theodore Roo­sevelt

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