Siob­han & Millen’s LA daze

The happy cou­ple are lov­ing their out­ra­geous ad­ven­ture

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - What a Week! -

When you imag­ine a celebrity cou­ple liv­ing in Los An­ge­les, you might think of a sprawl­ing man­sion, date nights on Rodeo Drive and VIP ac­cess to all the hottest par­ties. But the glitz and glam of Hol­ly­wood isn’t a re­al­ity for Kiwi act­ing duo Siob­han Mar­shall and Millen Baird, who are jug­gling sev­eral jobs just to get by.

“We were get­ting down to the wire one week and, of course, our rent was due too, so Millsy and I came up with a lit­tle song for the money gods, hop­ing they could sort some­thing out for us,” laughs Siob­han, 34. “We’ve man­aged to cre­ate a whole mu­si­cal out of that lit­tle num­ber – we call it On

the Bread­line. We’ve de­cided that if this act­ing thing doesn’t work out, we’ll put this into pro­duc­tion in­stead.”

It’s been just over eight months since the comedic cou­ple touched down in the States and while the big gigs aren’t rolling in just yet, the new­ly­weds – who tied the knot in trop­i­cal Fiji en route to LA – are re­main­ing pos­i­tive.

“It’s pi­lot sea­son right now, so we’re truck­ing along with a few au­di­tions, but no luck yet,” says for­mer Out­ra­geous

For­tune and TheBlueRose star Siob­han. “I’m also work­ing at a florist, ar­rang­ing and de­liv­er­ing bou­quets, while Millsy’s just got his Amer­i­can driver’s li­cence, so he can start ap­ply­ing for de­liv­ery jobs, and we’ve put the spare room in our apart­ment up on Airbnb.

“There’s been a bit of re­jec­tion, but such is act­ing. Peo­ple have the im­pres­sion the in­dus­try over here is re­ally cut-throat, but I’ve found it very in­spir­ing. We’re sur­rounded by peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate and mo­ti­vated, and have re­ally clear goals.”

It­takestwo

“And we do it on a bud­get,” adds Millen, 43, who’s best known for pro­duc­ing and star­ring in lo­cal com­edy

Auck­landDaze. “We live in a small apart­ment above The Grove, a re­ally iconic out­door shop­ping cen­tre, and one of the things Vorny and I love best is walk­ing around there at night when it’s all lit up – it’s great for peo­ple-watch­ing.

“It would be easy to dwell on what we don’t have, but there’s not a lot to worry about when you’re on an ad­ven­ture with your best mate. We’ve been on a high ever since the wed­ding.

“Now that we’re hus­band and wife, we high-five a lot more, talk in ac­cents, come up with weird baby names and plan imag­i­nary hol­i­days to­gether over our Amer­i­cano cof­fees.”

But the big­gest change of all, says Millen, is how fo­cused they’ve both be­come. The cou­ple’s big move to the US has stoked the fire in their bel­lies, and their new drive and ded­i­ca­tion are al­ready pay­ing off.

Af­ter two years and 65 drafts in the mak­ing, Siob­han – and her writ­ing part­ner Anna Fran­cino – have penned the fi­nal lines of a fea­ture­length film script and she is col­lab­o­rat­ing with her hubby on an­other.

And Millen fi­nally found the in­spi­ra­tion to com­plete his TVNZ On De­mand web se­ries Dar­ryl: An Out­ward Bound Story, a labour of love he started work­ing on in 2014.

Bound to work

“I did the fi­nal di­a­logue record­ing in our makeshift stu­dio at home, which was es­sen­tially just me stand­ing in my wardrobe,” he tells. Star­ring him and his wife,

Dar­ryl is the tale of a young man who’s des­per­ate to win the Taranaki Moun­tain to Surf Marathon. It was in­spired by an eight-day dis­cov­ery course his par­ents gave him for Christ­mas 15 years ago.

“I was 28 and a wee bit lost,” tells Millen. “I’d just fin­ished an act­ing de­gree and I couldn’t seem to gen­er­ate any work. It was the great­est gift. Be­ing pushed out of my com­fort zone was a daunt­ing prospect, but I thought if I can find a way through those chal­lenges, then it should be the same in life, right?

“In 2006, I asked if Out­ward Bound could spon­sor me to go on an­other course. My plan

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Auck­landDaze in n 2014, we got a small amoun­tunt of NZ on Air fund­ing to o turn it into a web se­ries.” ies.”

Af­ter so manyy years in the mak­ing, Millen is thrilled that Ki­wiswis can fi­nally get to see Dar­ryl. And Siob­han is also cel­e­brat­ing now that her hus­band can n at last shave off the char­ac­ter’s ar­ac­ter’s trade­mark mous­tache.stache.

“That thing took ook on a life of its own – lit­tle bits of food would get caught up in it and Millsy would uld have to comb it like a sec­ond cond set of hair,” she says with a shud­der. “It’s safe to say there here was very y lit­tle kiss­ing on set.”

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Un­recog­nis­able! The star cou­ple in Daryl:AnOut­wardBoundS­tory.

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