Kiwi mak­ing Ellen hap­pen

Rotorua Review - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - AU­DREY MALONE

Fabian An­der­son grew up watch­ing Ellen from his couch in Mu­ru­para.

Now he’s about to start an in­tern­ship with the Amer­i­can talk show host.

‘‘A Maori boy from Mu­ru­para is do­ing al­right to be an in­tern on Ellen,’’ An­der­son says.

Jan­uary will mark a year since the 21 year old moved to Los An­ge­les to com­plete his busi­ness and cinema stud­ies at the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

He took some time to adapt to the cul­ture and set­tle into his stud­ies, but re­alised that get­ting an in­tern­ship was an im­por­tant step in Amer­ica.

So he wrote an es­say for the Ellen show as to why he should be an in­tern.

‘‘I de­cided I may as well go big. You know, go big or go home.’’

Be­ing a Kiwi is what An­der­son be­lieves set him apart from the crowd.

‘‘I didn’t shine out be­cause I was me, I shone be­cause I was a Kiwi.

‘‘We take risks, we are not shy and we are not cal­cu­lated, we are open with a can do at­ti­tude’’

An­der­son cred­its grow­ing up in Mu­ru­para and Ro­torua as help­ing shape who he is.

He was sur­rounded by a di­verse group of peo­ple liv­ing di­verse lives.

‘‘If you wanted to do some­thing big, you have to be quite strong minded.

‘‘If I didn’t grow up in Mu­ru­para, I wouldn’t be here.’’

And he is proud to be ‘‘100 per cent Maori’’.

‘‘I didn’t re­alise how much it would mean to me and others to be Maori and do­ing this kind of thing. But it’s pretty cool to be do­ing some­thing pos­i­tive.’’

‘‘It’s ex­cit­ing but I’m ner­vous.’’

Mu­ru­para man Fabian An­der­son has got an in­tern­ship with Ellen.

Ellen DeGeneres host­ing her show Ellen.

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