EXCLUSIVE to the official Shortland Street
We ask Lucy Wigmore what it is like
inhabiting the character of Justine Jones and find out more about
the woman behind her.
How did you get your role on SS?
Simon (Bennett, Executive Producer) and Jason Daniel (Producer) called my agent and offered me the role of Justine Jones having seen an audition that I had done previously for another character on the show. They had also seen quite a lot of my theatre work at Silo Theatre.
How long have you been acting and how did you get your
first big break?
I graduated from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School in 2002 after 3 years full time actor training. My first job out of drama school was at Centrepoint Theatre working with Alison Quigan (who plays Yvonne Jeffries on Shortland Street). I have been working since then in various plays, short films, a few small TV roles and a feature film (which hasn't yet been released)&until I got the call from Shortland Street.
Name three similarities between you and your onscreen
We are both quite driven, ambitious and direct. Although I think Justine is a lot more serious than I am!
What has been your best experience/scene on the show to
I don't really have a "best scene" as such but I love working on location as we get a lot more time to really get into the scene and I far prefer that. The time when I love my job the most is when I lose myself in the moment and for a brief time I feel like someone else entirely - those moments are gold dust for me.
Which other character would you like to be and
I would have to choose Angus - so I could get away with yelling all kinds of obscenities whenever I felt like it!
What are your hobbies/interests outside of SS?
My favourite pastime is to spend time with my husband, friends and family&eating loads of delicious food and drinking beautiful wine! But when I'm not doing that, I'll probably be at the movies, going to a play or planning my next overseas adventure.
What do you do in your down time during the day when
you're not shooting?
Read books, learn lines, surf the net, talk complete rubbish with my wonderful cast mates or plan yet another overseas adventure.
What is your favourite destination in NZ and
That is an extremely difficult question for me to answer as I am obsessed with traveling! However, some of my favourite places are&India, the Coromandel Peninsula and France.
What is your date of birth and what star sign are
I'm not giving away that crucial information!! But I am an Aries.
Do you have any pets?
Who is the actor or actress that you look up to or
admire the most?
Yet another difficult question&there are so many wonderful actors and actresses that I admire for many different reasons. I love watching Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Annette Bening and Kevin Spacey. They're all actors who make bold career decisions and brave acting choices and I find that extremely inspiring.
What is the thing you enjoy most about going to work
The people I work with. The cast and crew at Shortland St are brilliant.
What has been your favorite scene to film in your time
at Shortland Street?
I love working on location so any of the scenes that we shot at Luke Durville's place or more recently I shot some which I thoroughly enjoyed but that haven't aired yet (so I can't really talk about them).
Do you watch Shortland Street at home? If yes, is it
strange seeing yourself on television or are you used to it?
Yes, I do normally watch it at home and yes, it is quite strange watching myself on TV. Although I am starting to get used to it now.
What is your favourite food?
Another hard question! It would have to be a toss up between ice cream, crème brulee and lemon tarts.
What is your favourite television programme and/or film
of all time?
My favourite TV show was probably Six Feet Under. And favourite films - again, a difficult decision, but some of the top ten would be&Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Breaking the Waves and anything directed by Ken Loach.
Are you from Auckland or did you move here to film
Shortland Street? Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Auckland but have lived overseas extensively and in Wellington while I was at drama school.
What's the best experience you've had with a
I had a lovely letter from a fan when I had just started at Shortland Street telling me that they were enjoying my work and that I shouldn't worry about some of the negative responses I was getting as the new Justine Jones. It was a very sweet thing to do.
Can you remember your first day on Shortland Street -
what was it like?
Pretty overwhelming! I was on location at a hotel in Mangere shooting all the "Chris and Justine" affair scenes - which was pretty full on for a first day. Luckily Michael was very generous and easy to work with which made it a bit less nerve-racking.