the grill

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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.

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