She plays Kiwi cougar Cara, a 39-year-old mum who falls for 25-year-old Dave, on the hit TV2 comedy Step Dave. But last week, Sia Trokenheim and co-star Jono Kenyon came face-to-face with a host of wild animals when they played zoo keepers for a day at Auckland Zoo. Helping clean enclosures and feed the animals, the duo also got a chance to be hands on, petting Galápagos tortoises and cheetahs.
For Sia, the highlight of the day came as a surprise – giving a tortoise a massage! "I’ve never seen the fascination, but getting up close and being able to touch one was incredible," she says. "I gave him a little scrub on his back and you could see he really enjoyed it!"
With filming now wrapped for the first series, the duo are eagerly awaiting news as to whether a second season will be made. But in the meantime, Sia is looking forward to some downtime with her 20-month-old son.
"Trying to balance work and home life has been very stressful at times. I feel like I’ve missed out on five months of my son’s development!"
Photographs by: Stephanie Creagh