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Q&A with the Green Power Ranger Tessa Rao

The Green Power Ranger’s a super-performer in the hilarious play Dirty Work

My comfort food is…
Hash browns. Specifically, a McDonald's hash brown (or three). There's something about them – they always hit the spot. Anyone who knows me will agree that crunchy goodness should be served all day, not just till 11am.
The best thing my parents taught me was…
Among many lessons, the Rule of 10. When something is upsetting or frustrating, I ask myself: will this matter in 10 years? Most of the time, the answer is no and it always helps to give the situation perspective.
The bravest thing I've ever done is…
Not allowing what other people think of me to cloud my judgement, and instead following my intuition. It always leads me to making authentic, brave choices – whether that's on stage, on screen or in life.
My greatest weakness is…
Becoming completely focused in on something and over-analysing it. I'm a textbook overthinker or I'm not thinking at all!
I'm currently reading…
We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza. I love books that are written in different perspectives. This book tackles a poignant topic in society from two very different positions.
Bringing the laughs with Dirty Work co-star Catherine Yates.
The show I am bingeing right now is…
Ted Lasso. It's equally hilarious as it is moving and a show I think the world needs now more than ever. I binged while I could and am now up to date, but I try to wait for a few episodes to come out each time so I can still do a mini-binge!
My perfect evening is…
Going out to a nice dinner with good people, ordering a few delicious cocktails and laughing so hard I cry a little. Add a little karaoke and I'm on top of the world.
My biggest hero is…
My mum. She is my biggest cheerleader and has always put her family ahead of herself. I've had her unwavering support in the good times and the bad, and she continues to teach me what it looks like to be an incredible mother.
See Tessa in the Indian Ink Theatre Company's Dirty Work in Nelson, Christchurch, Wellington and Tauranga. For ticket info, visit indianink.co.nz

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