Famous Agony Aunts: Taking advice from the stars

Anna Murray,
Spy News,
Publish Date
Thursday, 23 March 2017, 11:15PM
Photos / Instagram
Photos / Instagram

Looking for a bit of direction in life?

Are you walking around pondering answers to all of the really big questions out there, like how am I going to get anyone to turn my screenplay into a movie? Should I buy that giant Toblerone? What should I do with my Sunday afternoon? Am I wearing this scarf right?

Well, our local celebs can help you with all of those questions and more.

With so many stars sharing advice on their growing social media platforms these days, we thought we'd take a look at a sample of the life tips being dished out.

Taika Waititi

Who better to take advice from than our current New Zealander of the Year, right?

Aspiring filmmakers often ask director, actor and screenwriter Taika Waititi for tips via his Twitter account. They probably figure because he's made the two highest-grossing New Zealand movies of all time, he knows a thing or two about the business.

Or not.

When asked if he had any advice for a filmmaker trying to make it in the industry, Waititi offered this piece of wisdom: "Ignore all advice. Nobody knows anything about anything."

In a similar vein, when another Twitter user asked for advice for someone with ideas but no connections/gear/ability, Waititi doled out: "Sounds like us. So just make sh*t until someone notices."

He also recently had some choice advice for the Thor fans upset about the new Ragnarok logo attached to the film he's releasing this year.

"Once you leave school, move out of home and become a cog in the slow death machine. Logos will be the last thing you get angry about."


But upon receiving his latest accolade as New Zealander of the Year, Waititi did have a more hopeful message for all of us (especially those who struggle with simple mathematical equations).



Angela Stone

This Real Housewives of Auckland star uses her Instagram account to share an eclectic range of life advice to her more than 13,000 followers.

Stone likes to share tips about healthy eating, achieving business goals, building a personal brand and learning to love yourself. Which is all very heavy stuff, so let’s focus on the fashion tips she also hands out.

"Always check out the rear view," Stone advises on Instagram about choosing an outfit. "And don’t leave the house until you like what you see. Every angle matters."

She also has a good plan of attack for clothes shopping - if you’re happy to tote around quite a bit of stuff with you before you even start.

"Hit the dressing room prepared: if you're shopping for that ultra-important dress, get a true feel for the fit by bringing your hip or thigh slimmer with you," she says. "And while you’re at it, bring heels, lipstick, and a hairbrush. These will help you get a better sense of the final result."

Finally, with cooler weather just around the corner, you really should make sure you're wearing your scarf correctly.

"Never – never – look as though you put much effort into tying it," advises Stone.


A post shared by Angela Stone (@angelastonenz) on Jan 12, 2017 at 1:36pm PST


Naz Khanjani

Meanwhile, those looking for a little guidance with their workout routine need look no further than the Instagram account of former Bachelorette Nazanin Khanjani.

Khanjani has taken up bodybuilding this year, so her social media feed is littered with tips for fellow fitness fanatics – and tips for ignoring the haters (in which she is also an expert).

As well as instructions for leg day (because don't even think about skipping leg day, people – you know who you are) and recommendations for protein shakes and when to have them, Khanjani has offered up these morsels of truth, with a side of strong language:

"Don't let your happiness be controlled by something you can't control."

"You know what? If you're going to make huge sacrifices in your life to work towards something, work towards a goal... make it damn worth your while!"

"Be kind to one another, because you just never know what that person is going through. Treat others the way you'd wanna be treated. Always be positive and look at every negative bulls**t as a blessing in disguise - even if it doesn't make sense at the time or if it's totally against what you want right now, please, just be patient... there is something amazing planned for you. STAND TALL. STAND F***ING STRONG. BE A WOLF."



Nicola Robinson Evans (formerly Nicky Watson)

Nicola Robinson Evans is living a radically different life to the one she led when she was known as Nicky Watson.

The former model confesses she doesn't often leave the Australian farm she shares with husband, 'Paleo Pete' Evans these days, but through the wonders of modern technology, she can still broadcast her thoughts about life and what it all means to the wider public (or the 34,000 people following her Instagram page, anyway).

These musings range from the secret to happiness ("The innate connection between our family, four legged and two, absolutely takes my breath away and gracefully reminds me that unconditional trust, acceptance and LOVE is indeed our truest path to freedom!") to whatever this is: "A non judgmental nose trim, gives inquisitive eyes a more optimistic view."

Even her adorable pets know where it's at:



Guy Williams

Comedian Guy Williams has never been shy about doling out advice, whether you asked for it or not. And the tips he shares on Twitter cover a wide range of topics.

He has advice for those of us stuck in the hell that is an Auckland commute: "Top tip: When driving to work don't look at the people in the other cars... it will make you too sad.”

He also had advice this week for anyone in possession of self-esteem.



Other pearls of wisdom include:

"I buy all my Toblerone duty-free to avoid New Zealand's suffocating chocolate taxes."

"Great comeback if you're losing an argument: 'You're making me feel isolated and ignorant... don't make me turn to populist prejudice!'"

"I hate it when tall people complain about being asked if they play basketball... Just start playing basketball, ya lanky freaks!"

"A watched Uber never comes."

"It would be way more fun if people took photos of their grim meals on Instagram."

And occasionally some potentially life-saving advice slips through, like this following his Jono and Ben colleague's tearful TV plea the other week. 



David Farrier

And finally we have documentary maker and former Three star David Farrier.

His advice to live by has the most impact in visual form – so prepare to be enlightened right here. (You’re welcome.)


just give someone a scratch they'll like it #scratch

A post shared by David Farrier (@davidfarrier) on Mar 6, 2017 at 3:11pm PST


happy valentines hold someone that u love #love

A post shared by David Farrier (@davidfarrier) on Feb 13, 2017 at 11:28am PST


beauty doesn't just happen u have to work at it #work #beauty #truebeauty

A post shared by David Farrier (@davidfarrier) on Dec 28, 2016 at 3:37pm PST


never miss a good photo opp aye #swissarmyman #corpse #photo

A post shared by David Farrier (@davidfarrier) on Sep 9, 2016 at 12:21pm PDT