“I had to drive in a wheelbarrow”: Miriama Smith in the haunting TV commercial

“I had to drive in a wheelbarrow”: Miriama Smith in the haunting TV commercial

The star of Shortland Street, The Gone and now Celebrity Treasure Island shares some of her favorite TV moments.

Name a New Zealand TV show and Miriama Smith would probably be on it. For the past 30 years, the actor and presenter has been a welcome fixture on our television screens, with unforgettable roles as Nurse Ohena on Shortland Street in the late 1990s, and the ferocious Brady Trowbridge in the brilliant drama Filthy Rich. Smith's impressive career spans everything from My mirror, my mirror , The Tribe to 800 Words and The Gone , as well as critically acclaimed films like Cousins ​​and Mt Zion . She also appeared as a judge on the inaugural season of New Zealand's got talentShe made her way through Dancing with the Stars in New Zealand in 2008.

Most recently, she returned to the world of reality TV to take on Treasure Island Celebrity Challenge: Tee Waipunamu. It's only been two weeks, but Smith has quickly established herself as a physically formidable player and an intelligent game controller. Looking back, she says nothing could have prepared her for the CTI experience. “You just have to get in there and deal with what's in front of you and try not to expect too much, because it's a changing, moving beast.”

As the drama heats up on CTI, Miriama reflects on some of her most memorable TV moments, including her early stint as a Roses girl and the emotional day she said goodbye to Shortland Street.

Photo: TVNZ

My earliest television memories are… Good night kiwi. Every Christmas I would visit my grandparents in Taupo and all my cousins ​​would get together. Nan and Grandpa would make their mattresses and we would all sleep in the hall. Goodnight Kiwi means no more TV, so if you stay up too long, that will be your last memory before you go to sleep.

The show I used to come home from school to watch was… Scooby-Doo, because that's all he was, and after school And 3:45 live.

The TV moment that haunts me to this day is… when Thingy's eye fell. Everyone remembers that. That was very worrying for all of us.

The TV commercial I can't stop thinking about is… I was nicknamed the “rose girl” because I shot the Roses Chocolates commercial. I had to take a wheelbarrow and it was like a 'thank you so much for the driving lesson' and I gave the box of chocolates to the driving instructor. I loved doing it, but I didn't like being recognized. This is something I've never dealt with well.

TV's guilty pleasure is… idol. It was like watching these young actors with so much confidence, it blew my mind.

My most memorable moment at Shortland Street was… I will never forget the day you left. I was crying, not as myself, but as me, because I knew it would be the end of the chapter. I still remember what it was like to leave this group of people who taught me so much and whom I had become friends with.

My favorite TV moment ever is… I was astonished by the caliphate when (Spoiler alert). The way each character handled it was very good. As an actor, I was fascinated by the performances, the range and conflict they provide. The pain, hate, and love were so good.

Favorite TV character I've played is… Brady Trowbridge Of filthy riches. She was a hard worker and a strong archetype, and the writing was melodramatic at times, which was fun. It was just a fun mix of great storylines, great costumes, and great people.

The most widely used streaming platform is… neon. It has all the HBO series I love. With my neon, I'll take a big break and then come back and do four episodes in a row. I love momentum, and I love getting really lost in it, rather than waiting a week for the next episode.

My controversial TV opinion is… The idea of ​​classifications, especially the idea of ​​a “black box system”, is over. It looks very old. That's why I love Netflix. There are these amazing shows that really push the boundaries, that traditional television would never touch, but now audiences can watch them. We are even happy to pay for it.

One day, I'd like to play a character like… Paige Bundy is married with children. Its vibe is rough around the edges, but it's gorgeous and unapologetic. I like those types of characters. They have their own power, and they sit in their own power.

The show I will never watch, no matter how many people tell me I should, is… Game of Thrones, Vikings, anything medieval. I like modern things rather than old mundane things, which bore me a lot.

The last thing I watched on TV was… The bear. I watched the first season last year and was completely gagged from the moment it started. I said, “This is life-changing stuff,” and now I'm slowly drip-feeding it into season two.

Celebrity Treasure Island: Te Waipounamu airs on TVNZ2 at 7.30pm every Monday to Wednesday, and streams on TVNZ+. For weekly recaps, join The Real Pod Extra on Substack.

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