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A fa­mil­iar Short­land Street face joins the home-grown sci-fi drama The Cul De Sac.

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The world’s adults aren’t the only ones on the miss­ing list as the lo­cal fam­ily drama The Cul De Sac re­turns for its sec­ond sea­son.

Jack (KJ Apa) and Lu­cas (Beu­lah Koale) have mys­te­ri­ously dis­ap­peared and the re­main­ing trio – Rose (Greta Gre­gory), El­iza (Molly Leish­man) and Tom (Flynn Steward) are still run­ning, this time from the Reapers.

As they flee their men­ac­ing pur­suers, the trio en­counter the mys­te­ri­ous Caine (new­comer Ben Black), the leader of a camp of other chil­dren and teens, in­clud­ing Jen (So­phie McIntosh), their medico.

“She’s a lit­tle bit quirky,” says McIntosh. “In the ini­tial scripts I got, she was kind of – not quite the comic re­lief – but she was a lit­tle bit of hap­pi­ness in a very bleak sit­u­a­tion. She’s quite pos­i­tive, wants ev­ery­body to be happy and get along.”

The for­mer Short­land Street ac­tress says Jen copes in a world with­out par­ents or tech­nol­ogy far bet­ter than she be­lieves she would.

“I would prob­a­bly be a lot more like Rose re­ally, stress­ing out,” McIntosh says. “I don’t think I could quite be as pos­i­tive as Jen is. Even her clothes are bright.”

While Rose and her band find a world with­out adults is scarier than the fun most young­sters an­tic­i­pate, McIntosh, 21, says she en­joyed work­ing with such a young cast.

“Sea­son two had one adult (cast mem­ber) so it was a bit of a dream re­ally. I’ve kind of gone from be­ing on Shorty where I was very, very young to The Cul De Sac where it was like a bunch of friends. It was re­ally fun.”

McIntosh was in her last year at high school when she landed the role of Ferndale’s Honour Aleni, the teen daugh­ter of am­bu­lance of­fi­cer Sam (Rene Na­u­fahu).

“I had never re­ally watched (the show) and I had no real

un­der­stand­ing of just how big it was. It was a bit of a shock re­ally.”

Iron­i­cally, Honour’s love in­ter­est on Kane, was played by KJ Apa who starred Short­landDe Sac in Thethe Street,firstCul sea­son of

be­fore seek­ing big pro­jects in Los An­ge­les. Apa is now star­ring in the drama

he ap­peared along­side Den­nis Riverdale,Purpose Quaid in the movie A Dog’s

and has just com­pleted film­ing Al­tar Rock, a movie about the Boston Marathon bomb­ing.

Fel­low Cul De Sac ac­tor Beu­lah Koale has also had suc­cess in the US, star­ring in the movie Thank PRITVH_2017_22 2017-06-22T11:28:39+12:00

You For Your Ser­vice with Amy Schumer and Keisha Cas­tle-Hughes.

McIntosh is keen to fol­low in their foot­steps. The univer­sity grad­u­ate – she has a dou­ble ma­jor in pol­i­tics and his­tory – also ap­pears in the New Zealand/Chi­nese/United King­dom sci-fi drama Into The

Rain­bow, about two teens who travel in­side a rain­bow to China where they be­come in­volved in a race against time to save Earth.

“It’s prob­a­bly good to play young for as long as pos­si­ble,” McIntosh says, “but I would love to do some gritty drama stuff.”

Still on the run ... El­iza (Molly Leish­man), Rose (Greta Gre­gory) and Tom (Flynn Steward).

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