The new Mrs Warner?:

Will it be wed­ding bells again for Chris Warner?

The TV Guide - - CONTENTS - Kerry Har­vey re­ports.

She is prob­a­bly Fern­dale’s most un­pop­u­lar res­i­dent but Holly Sher­vey wouldn’t have it any other way.

“As an ac­tress, you couldn’t ask for bet­ter,” she says of play­ing Short­land Street’s con­niv­ing Zoe Carlson.

“It’s my job to jus­tify why she does ev­ery­thing she does. I kind of feel like she’s just a mis­rep­re­sented and mis­un­der­stood mil­len­nial – of the worst type.”

Zoe, the younger half-sis­ter of nurse Kate Han­nah (Lau­rel Deve­nie), is a patho­log­i­cal liar who has re­peat­edly up­set fans since she ar­rived on the show, not least be­cause she lied about hav­ing cancer.

“I ac­tu­ally lost my mum to cancer so when I was read­ing the sto­ry­line I was like, ‘We have to find as much com­edy in it as we can’,” Sher­vey says of the lie that has caused fans of the drama to call on the pro­duc­ers to get rid of Zoe.

“I’ll al­ways try to find the com­edy, es­pe­cially when you’ve got a char­ac­ter who is cre­at­ing so much drama, oth­er­wise it all gets a bit se­ri­ous. There are peo­ple who are like that but I think, at the end of the day, un­less you are a psy­chopath, you al­ways have a heart in there. You’ll think (the char­ac­ter is) do­ing it for the right rea­sons even if they’re not.”

How­ever, the 29 year old has

“I ac­tu­ally lost my mum to cancer so when I was read­ing the sto­ry­line I was like, ‘We have to find as much com­edy in it as we can’.” – Holly Sher­vey

no prob­lem un­der­stand­ing why fans are hor­ri­fied when Zoe tells her boss – and cancer sur­vivor – Dr Chris Warner (Michael Galvin) that she has cancer to win his sympathy.

“I think, in Zoe’s de­fence, it came out in the mo­ment and it was her way of keep­ing her job and, for her, her job is her life­line.

“She’s fight­ing for the life she wants and that’s what I mean by the mil­len­nial thing.”

Zoe’s ideal life would have her be­com­ing the sixth Mrs Warner and, now the pair are em­broiled in a clan­des­tine re­la­tion­ship, it looks like she might get her way.

Sher­vey ac­knowl­edges mar­ry­ing the life­style you want – es­pe­cially when you have set your cap at a 50-year-old soon-to-be grand­fa­ther – could be seen as old-fash­ioned by to­day’s women who have been raised to find their own way to suc­cess.

“How­ever, she prob­a­bly feels like she’s go­ing out and get­ting what she wants and what she wants is the ideal man to look af­ter her,” the ac­tor says.

“It’s a life­style she craves. She grew up in a bro­ken home and she’s try­ing to get as far away from that as she can, and a life­style with Chris of­fers ev­ery­thing she al­ways wanted.” Sher­vey is keep­ing mum about whether Zoe suc­ceeds in her plans but ac­knowl­edges, given this is Short­land Street, there will be ups and downs along the way. Un­like Zoe, Sher­vey has found her own suc­cess in life. In 2014, she co-cre­ated the hit com­edy web se­ries Auck­ward Love with her fi­ance – Almighty John­sons star Em­mett Sk­il­ton – as a way of break­ing into the in­dus­try. “I am over the moon about where it’s gone. When we were just start­ing out our whole point was to grow our skills and it just blos­somed into some­thing even bet­ter,” she says of the com­edy that has since screened at fes­ti­vals around the world. Now com­ing up for its fourth sea­son, Auck­ward Love fol­lows Alice (Sher­vey) and her three un­likely best friends – Vicky (Lucy Hare), Grace (Jess Holly Bates), and Zoe (Jess Sayer) – as they look for love in the big city. While Auck­ward Love’s first sea­son was based on Sher­vey’s own ex­pe­ri­ences, she says she and Zoe have lit­tle in com­mon – apart from both com­ing from Queen­stown and both hav­ing sis­ters. “There were def­i­nitely times in high school where I lied just be­cause I wanted to be part of the crew. “I think I lied about hav­ing my first kiss be­cause ev­ery­one else al­ready had,” she says. “I think I’m a good liar but these days I lie about much smaller things. Like, ‘Are you good?’ ‘Yeah, I’m great’. “That for me would be a lie but Zoe just takes it much fur­ther.”

Left: Michael Galvin (Chris Warner). Be­low: Holly Sher­vey (Zoe Carlson).

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