MIRIAMA’S BAL­LAD

We chat to the preg­nant star about her new‘ baby’

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To say it’s been a big year for Miriama Mc­Dow­ell would be an un­der­state­ment. The 37-year-old starred in Find

Mea Maori Bride, then wrote WEARE and di­rected her own play at Auck­land’s FAMILY! sell-out Pop-up Globe. And as if that wasn’t enough, she did it all while preg­nant with her sec­ond child.

“It’s been an amaz­ing year where ev­ery­thing’s just fallen into place,” smiles the for­mer

Bro­ken wood Mys­ter­ies star. Now the tal­ented ac­tress is re­turn­ing to the stage to act in the up­com­ing pro­duc­tion K or ora reka: The Ball ad of Mag­gie Flynn.

The play, which is trav­el­ling across the North Island this month, fea­tures a cast of five women and tells a story of New Zealand’s colo­nial his­tory. For Miriama, this means she gets to tackle a va­ri­ety of char­ac­ters, from a Scot­tish sailor to a pros­ti­tute with a speech im­ped­i­ment. “I’m ac­tu­ally play­ing more men than women in this show, which is quite funny con­sid­er­ing I’m preg­nant!” laughs Miriama, who is al­ready mother to five-year-old Talanoa.

The ac­tress ad­mits that be­ing a mother and manag­ing her ca­reer does re­quire a bit of jug­gling. She tells us, “I do have a sleep­ing nest in the corner of the re­hearsal room where I go for lit­tle naps.”

Although Miriama is look­ing for­ward to a break from act­ing when the new baby ar­rives, it’s clear this won’t be the last we’ll see of this su­per-mum. “I’ve had to say no to things be­cause of my preg­nancy, but I will say I’ve got some se­cret projects com­ing up!”

The ac­tress brings a va­ri­ety of colour­ful char­ac­ters to life.

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