Cook Islands beauty Angelina Thomson is living her dream as an actor in Australia. She says she has always wanted to act and be on Home and Away, a long-running Australian television series.
That is now a reality as she now stars on the show as Kirby Aramoana. As a Polynesian girl growing up in Queensland, she described landing the role in the Home and Away TV series as surreal.
Speaking to Stuff NZ she said, “Every night at 7 pm my family would watch Home and Away, and the little Gold Coast girl I was back then was like, ‘How do I do that? How do I get on Home and Away?”
However, it was not until the show started featuring the Paratas, the first Maori family in the Home and Away series, that made Thomson realise that her dreams were not that far off.
She said she had been thinking of moving to New Zealand and auditioning for Shortland Street, which had more Polynesian roles in its cast and storylines.
“But now I feel grateful that I can have that opportunity in Australia, where I grew up and now, many years later at 26, I am on there. It’s a bit of a pinch-me moment. I won’t lie,” she told Stuff NZ.
Her achievements did not go unnoticed amongst the Pacific Islands communities in Australia and outside of Australia as congratulatory comments and posts flooded social media.
“Vaine purotu akamaroiroi! Love from us all in the Cook Islands and so proud of what you have achieved,” Thomas Tarurongo Wynne posted on Facebook.
Kairangi Kere’s Facebook comments read,” Congratulations our beautiful niece Angelina Rongokea Thomson. Very proud of you our Atiuan Princess.”
The former Nerang State High School student will be playing Kirby, who is part of a band and later ends up in a relationship with Theo, who is played by Matt Evans.
Thomson, Rob Mallet, and Jamaica Vaughan are new characters in the Home and Away series, as part of a music band.
Fellow newcomer Mallet will play Kirby’s arrogant boyfriend Bob, but off-set, Thomson once stayed with Mallet and his wife.
“Now we’re on the Home and Away set playing boyfriend and girlfriend, it’s pretty surreal, on top of learning lines and the rehearsals for the scenes, we’ve been in rehearsals for the band and learning the songs that have been written specifically for us,” she told Stuff NZ.
This has created a connection between the two Home and Away newcomers, who are excited about joining the drama and being part of the show, and possibly opening doors for more Pacific Islanders to land roles in television.