Everything about 31-year-old Prebble is proper – she sits up straight, is extremely well-spoken, and looks well put together.
Now in her 30s, she’s much more comfortable in her own skin – and realises that the secret is ‘there is no secret’.
Currently Prebble splits her time between Los Angeles and New Zealand – spending the lion’s share in Auckland where she lives with long-term partner and actor/film-maker Gareth Williams.
Of course, there’s always a choice. And in the fickle world of television the writers could have easily picked someone else to play this clever but fierce character, particularly due to the time lapse between the shows. But they wanted Prebble to be the lead, the matriarch not only of the West family, but of the whole show. It’s a role that puts Prebble in a similar position to fellow actress Robyn Malcolm when she started in Outrageous Fortune. And because of that she was number one on the cast list, a position that always demonstrates importance but one she’s keen to downplay.
Although she started out young, Prebble doesn’t come from acting stock. In fact if she’d gone into the family business she’d likely be a lawyer. Her dad John is a professor of Law at Wellington’s Victoria University, where her mum Nicky works as a senior teacher in linguistics, while her older sister and younger brother are both working lawyers.
It seems crazy to think Prebble would be excluded from roles because of her age... but in the make or break world of Hollywood she very well could be.
But being there means leaving her family and friends in New Zealand – and the older she gets, the less she likes to do it. Her dream is to be able to have the best of both worlds.
While Prebble has to go through the stressful and rigorous auditioning process overseas, when she’s in New Zealand it’s not uncommon for a role to be created for her specifically.
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Art Direction by: Louise Thomson
Styling by: Sonia Greeenslade