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Robbie Magasiva on Following his Heart

Posted on 25 October 2011

Over a decade ago Robbie Magasiva gave himself two choices - rugby or acting. Since then, Magasiva has made audiences laugh in Skitz, The Semisis and Sione’s Wedding, and has starred in numerous screen dramas including Shortland Street, Cover Story, Jackson’s Wharf, Doves of War and The Tattooist. He made the acting call and hasn’t looked back. In this ScreenTalkStreet interview, Magasiva talks about:
  • His first on screen acting role in a party political broadcast
  • How he landed roles in Skitz and The Semisis
  • Recently catching his buttoned-down character in Jackson’s Wharf on late night TV and cringing
  • Behind the scenes dynamics on and off the set of Stickmen
  • His amusing audition process for The Strip
  • How he joined The Naked Samoans and the joys of making Sione’s Wedding
  • Cultural insights from the set of The Tattooist
  • Auditioning for his role on Shortland Street
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence


New Zealand, samoan, actor, Naked Samoans, skitz, stickmen, shortland street, Sione's Wedding, the tattooist, the semisis, cover story, jackson's wharf, doves of war, the strip

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