ANA’S ON FIRE!
The drama queen’s sizzling hot ot
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).