Cristina Ionda is a Ro­ma­nian-born ac­tress now liv­ing in New Zealand and star­ring on TV drama The Bro­ken­wood Mys­ter­ies.

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ac­tress Cristina Ionda

If I could go back in time and live in any era it would be... An­cient Greece. I was al­ways fas­ci­nated by the an­cient world and par­tic­u­larly by the Greeks, as the Western world adopted the Greek civil­i­sa­tion: democ­racy, the­atre, mu­sic, ar­chi­tec­ture, math­e­mat­ics, medicine, as­trol­ogy... If I had to choose an­other ca­reer I would

like to be... A con­cert pi­anist. I love clas­si­cal mu­sic and piano in par­tic­u­lar.

The best part about New Zealand is... Its nat­u­ral beauty. If you want to have your breath taken away you just need to visit New Zealand and, of course, meet the lovely peo­ple. It is an earthly par­adise. My fond­est child­hood

me­mory is... My first day at school. I was so ner­vous among so many peo­ple and kids... My pri­mary

teacher calmed me down and made me feel at home.

My favourite pas­time is... Walk­ing on the beach. I can­not imag­ine any­thing more re­lax­ing and en­joy­able! On a good day I can even feel the ocean breath­ing and the uni­verse turn­ing. The three words I would use to de­scribe me

are: Cu­ri­ous, en­thu­si­as­tic and friendly.

My great­est fear is... Snakes. I’ve al­ways had a fear of snakes. Can’t ex­plain it.

The per­son I ad­mire the most is... My grandma. She was tiny but strong, and a lovely woman that had a very hard life. When I feel down I al­ways think of her. In her life she never lost hope or faith. I miss her wis­dom so much. The last TV se­ries I binge-watched was...

Game of Thrones. It took me a cou­ple of days to watch all seven se­ries! I al­most dreamed my­self in it af­ter that.

The bravest thing I have done is... Sav­ing a baby pen­guin from drown­ing. It was shak­ing all over; deadly scared. Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the feel­ing that any crea­ture is frag­ile and counts was so hum­bling.

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