1DP | Day 69 of 100 Days, 100 Individuals

Luanne Gordon is an actress who’s been on our screens for over a decade now.  She’s had roles in everything from Xena: Warrior Prince to The Insiders Guide to Happiness.  Her most recognised role would be as Melissa, the corporate lawyer who leaves her job to go on a journey of self-discovery as she runs a Strip Club in the TV3 series, The Strip.  She’s also starred alongside Robbie Magasiva and Kirk Torrance in big-screen flick, Stickmen (she won an award for her performance!).  Luanne left NZ to work in a UK television production called Shameless but she’s back on our shores now and she’s taking to the stage in Silo ’s latest production Speaking in Tongues.  We talk to her on Day 69 of our 100 Days Project.

What’s your biggest fear?

There are some periods – usually stressful one’s – when everything scares me. It’s very counterproductive so I work to combat it.

What’s your purpose in life?  

To do my best; to better myself from the inside out.

What are you passionate about?

My dog, Piper, she’s almost an obsession. Writing something good. Being involved in creating and sharing stories.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

What gets me out of bed earlier than I would like is Piper – and she’s worth it.

Everyone has a dirty little secret, what’s yours?

I’m shy.

If today was your last day on earth, what would you do?

I would enjoy the time with my family and friends.

What is your happy place?

Sitting on a deserted beach watching the ocean. In bed with a good book. An afternoon movie at the cinema.

What will you be doing for the rest of 2013?

Sharing stories in some way, shape, or form – as best I can.

Catch Luanne along with her pals Oliver Driver, Stephen Lovatt and Alison Bruice in Speaking in Tongues at the Herald Theatre until Saturday 14th September – for more information, head to www.silotheatre.co.nz.