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Kiwi ac­tress Ana Scot­ney has had a big year. She’s been in hit movie The Breaker Up­per­ers and

TV se­ries Welling­ton Para­nor­mal, plus she also cre­ated and per­formed her solo play

The Con­tours of Heaven. The Maori tal­ent, of Tūhoe de­scent, grad­u­ated from Toi Whakaari drama school two years ago.

Woman’s Day catches up with the 23-year-old ahead of Maori Lan­guage Week to chat about her ca­reer and up­com­ing play.

When did you fall in love with act­ing?

When I was lit­tle, I al­ways used to make guests sit on the couch so I could per­form for them. Then when I was 16, I joined Long Cloud Youth Theatre and I felt for the first time that I was a part of a com­mu­nity who were just like me.

What project are you work­ing on now?

I’m in the play Mr Burns. There’s been a non-spe­cific apoc­a­lyp­tic event, there’s no elec­tric­ity any more and we are a group of sur­vivors who are col­lec­tively re­call­ing an episode of The Simp­sons. The story un­folds from there.

Why is it im­por­tant to have Maori Lan­guage Week?

A lot of peo­ple don’t recog­nise it be­yond speak­ing eak­ing a dif­fer­ent lan­guage, but t it has a mas­sive amount of wider der cul­tural cus­toms, be­liefs, ideas s and sto­ries that ex­ist in­side side a lan­guage. It makes us dis­tinct from om any other place ace on earth.

On a role: Ana in MrBurns (far left) and TheBreaker Up­per­ers (left).

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