Rima Te Wiata
Rima Te Wiata has been gracing stage and screen for nearly four decades since making her stage debut at 17. Roles in film and television followed from the mid 80s, often involving comedy – remember her stunning parody of newsreader Judy Bailey on Issues?
She stole hearts as Aunty Bella in Hunt for the Wilderpeople, showcasing her musical talent with the meme-generating Happy Birthday Ricky Baker song, and last year became a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for contributions to film and television.
Te Wiata’s latest project is Hir, a play by celebrated American playwright Taylor Mac.
Tired from a long day rehearsing, she apologises for muddling her thoughts: “I can’t even articulate myself… I actually have to shut my eyes to concentrate.”
Right now the play is her life. At home she shuts down, no TV, no music, just reading the script, thinking about her character and going to bed. It’s how she always works.
She thinks everyone should see Hir. It’s funny and tragic. She doesn’t usually hard sell like this. But: “It’s really, really amazing.”
Portraying a suburban family in dramatic flux, gender roles and dynamics upturned, she was sold the moment she read it. “It seemed to me to be a modern classic in advance… a play that was going to resonate for a very long time.”
Guitar Piano Preferably both in the same song!
Hokey pokey Vanilla The epiphany of icecream spirituality.
Electric blanket Hottie
Surprise me In real life, tell me. If on stage and somebody is in the audience, please surprise me AFTERWARDS.
Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum and a shot of butterscotch schnapps with whipped cream on top of the hot chocolate and marshmallows. Warning: This will add approx 50kg.
Call Text Voicemail build-up is the bane of the 21st century.
Tea cup Mug
Elevator Stairs I don’t want to lose the 50kg from the special hot chocolate. Night in Night out
Thunder Lightning I was under the impression these were complementary phenomena?
BOTH! Rima Te Wiata stars in the Silo Theatre production of Herald Theatre until August 25.