Kimberley Crossman spills all

MAKING DREAMS HAPPEN: Crossman says driving past the Hollywood sign still makes her smile.
MAKING DREAMS HAPPEN: Crossman says driving past the Hollywood sign still makes her smile.

Kiwi actress Kimberley Crossman has her finger in many pies, and that's what makes her so interesting.

Besides her Shortland Street roots, you'll recognise the bubbly blonde from hit TV shows Step Dave and Cadbury Dream Factory which she filmed simultaneously - the 25-year-old certainly knows how to multitask!

Read on to find out more about Crossman's action-packed LA life...

What are you working on at the moment?

Currently I am in class and auditioning in the US and voicing an animated series called Zelfs. I am also busy with my business and a few projects.

What has been the highlight of your year so far?

Working on both Step Dave and Cadbury Dream Factory. It was a real challenge working on two shows simultaneously. Working on both shows has been so rewarding in so many ways and the cherry on top is having them both be received so well by NZ audiences.

How would you explain your personality, and what you do?

I am a driven and ambitious person who is generally in a good mood and has lots of energy. I am passionate about acting, presenting and writing and love to live outside my comfort zone and strive to be the best me that I can be.

Who has been your favourite character to play?

Stacey on Step Dave has been the most challenging role to date and being able to develop the character in many ways as each script had a series of challenges in it and I was told early on that the audience needed to like her, despite how she is written on the page.

Are you affected by what people say about you on social media, and how do you deal with trolls?

Of course I am affected by hurtful things people say, I am a sensitive person and I read everything. I am getting better at understanding the negativity though and how I deal with it has changed. I never write back or give negativity oxygen. I tend to block those who attack on a regular basis and always remember to check in with myself, to see the bigger picture and what it is I am striving for and as long as I am a good person and always act in a kind and loving way to others then I have nothing to worry about. I won't let anyone derail me from my journey and destination, that would be letting them win.

What are the best and worst parts about living in LA?

I love LA, I know it isn't for everyone, but for me, it is such a huge part of my dream. Driving past the Hollywood sign still makes me smile. It is a city full of ambition, drive and creativity and I like that. The traffic is worse than you can even fathom though!

What are your plans for the next 12 months?

Well the life of an actress, I guess I have no idea what the next 12 months will bring. I have a few exciting projects in the pipeline and things that will have me bouncing between LA and New Zealand. I imagine lots more acting, some trips with my family I hope and adventures.

Do you have your American accent down?

Oh yes, you have to, that is one of the first things you need to have if you plan on making the move over here. They can pick a foreigner very quickly if you are not solid on your accent!

What do you miss about living in New Zealand?

My family. I have such a phenomenal support network at home my family are my best friends. We are so close and I learn so much from them. My dogs too, it is the best feeling coming home and having them run to the door. I am very lucky to have that support from my family, in an industry where so much is unknown it is great to have people you can count on to be there through it all.

What are you listening to right now?

I love music and right now I love

- Waves - Mr Probz (Robin Schulz radio edit)

- Let go for tonight - Foxes

- We got the world - Icona Pop

- Chandelier - Sia Rather Be feat. Jess Glynne - Clean Bandit

- Free feat. Emeli Sande - Rudimental

- Anything - Hedley

- Matilda - Martin and James

- Waiting Game - Banks

- Good Girl and the Outlaw - Katie Wilbert