Sia steps up to Kiwi TV
Swedish-born actress Sia Tronkenheim never guessed taking a gamble could see her cast as the lead in a Kiwi television series.
The 33-year-old plays Cara in TV2's comedy-drama series Step Dave.
But that was the last thing on her mind when she came across a brochure for Auckland's Unitec drama school in her home country in 2001 and applied on a whim. That led her to living on the other side of the world.
"I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew nothing about New Zealand or how to start a whole new life in a new country."
The Pakuranga resident says it's so much more than just a comedy.
"It has really serious undertones and is dealing with some heavy issues. It will be interesting to see how people respond.
"This show is hopefully going to tap into people's lives at home and hopefully spark discussion," she says.
Step Dave was created by New Zealand writer Kate McDermott and produced by South Pacific Pictures.
It follows Dave, a 24-year-old whose life is turned upside down when he meets Cara, a mum 15 years his senior with three kids.
Sia says Cara is an interesting character who she loves in many ways.
"Cara spends a lot of time juggling and trying to be everything to everyone. As a mother myself I know what it's like juggling motherhood, a career and my love life. Cara is an incredible fighter who puts family first."
Sia says she is extremely nervous about the show hitting the screens.
"I've never played this kind of character before and I've put my heart and soul into it. I hope people are going to love the character and want to see more of her."
Step Dave airs on Tuesday, February 11 at 8.30pm on TV2.