In Auckward Love, Holly Shervey plays a South Island girl not-so-nimbly negotiating the potholed road of modern romance in New Zealand’s biggest city.
The web series chronicles the antics of 20-somethings living in the City of Sails. But Auckland, whose very name raises hackles of those in the regions, is merely the setting for stories that are disconcertingly familiar for any Kiwi who’s ever flatted, dated or – indeed – been young.
Queenstown-born Shervey created the show with her now-fiance Emmett Skelton – he of Almighty Johnsons fame – and Auckland playwright Jess Sayer. Episodes are based on dating misadventures Shervey had had before she and Skelton got together almost four years ago. House scenes are shot at the couple’s flat in Te Atatu. The landlord, who is also Auckward Love’s cinematographer, lives upstairs.
The plotline, which has so far featured drunken decisions, traumatic Brazilians and educational excursions to Peaches & Cream, depicts Shervey’s character Alice on the odyssey of self-discovery Shervey herself made as a younger person.
Compared to Alice, the now 28-year-old says: “I’m not that naive.”
As Auckward Love’s third season is launched on TVNZ OnDemand, Shervey took our Sunday Grill.