Five kick-ass Kiwi stars

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 11:57PM
Antonia Prebble in character as Rita West. Photo / Instagram
Antonia Prebble in character as Rita West. Photo / Instagram

While the rest of us are getting ready to wind down for the year, these famous Kiwi women continue to slay.


It's safe to say 2017 has been one hell of a year for our Lorde.

Her second album, Melodrama, dropped in June and proved a massive hit with fans and critics alike. She performed at some of the world's biggest music festivals, including Glastonbury and Coachella. She went on a very successful tour around the globe. And she turned 21.

But just in case that wasn't enough, Lorde was also this week nominated for Album of the Year at the 2018 Grammy Awards, (which called for a celebratory glass of whiskey). 

And while she may have just performed her final show of 2017 in Melbourne two days ago, Lorde has got big plans for her arena tour in 2018.

"We [are] building you the spiciest, juiciest arena tour ... HIGH THEATRE," she told fans on Twitter this week.

Excited, much? We are!


got a whiskey n a grammy nom 😊😩😌

A post shared by Lorde (@lordemusic) on Nov 28, 2017 at 4:29pm PST


Zoe Bell

As one of Hollywood's most famous stunt women, Zoe Bell kicks ass both literally and figuratively.

The actress and director recently nipped back to New Zealand from her Los Angeles base in order to lead a free self-defence class for 150 women.

Bell told NZ Herald Focus she was moved to teach women the potentially life-saving skills after being mugged herself. 

She says she is also working to change the "societal baggage" around being a tough, strong female and is keen to help women unleash their strength.

"Don't be afraid, girls. Power's awesome!" she says.


A post shared by Zoë Bell (@therealzoebell) on Nov 24, 2017 at 11:01am PST


Amanda Billing

Since her much-publicised departure from Shortland Street in 2014, actress Amanda Billing has filled her days with many creative projects near and dear to her heart.

And now she's about to tackle a dream, "bucket list" role at Auckland's pop-up Globe theatre during its 'Summer of Shakespeare' series: the one, the only Lady Macbeth

"Lady Macbeth is a person close to my heart," Billing told the Herald on Sunday about her new role. "She represents lots of stuff that everybody deals with, feeling like they need more to be enough. That is something everyone deals with - you only have to look at Instagram to know that."

Billing says the role will push her out of her comfort zone and she's encouraging audiences to get out of their own comfort zones by seeing Shakespeare's work on the stage.

"Don't be scared of Shakespeare ... it's meant to be heard and not read."



Teuila Blakely

Is Teuila Blakely about to crack the elusive American acting dream?

The super-busy actress, writer and network voice for Three recently hopped on a plane to Los Angeles for a last-minute opportunity and spent her short visit in meetings "all across town".

One of those visits was to NBC, where she ever so subtly suggested to the makers of Will & Grace that she ought to be cast in the reboot of the comedy series.

We concur.


At NBC today!! #castmeplease LOL

A post shared by Teuila Blakely (@teuilablakely) on Nov 16, 2017 at 1:38pm PST


Antonia Prebble

Finally, Westside fans will be pleased to see one of New Zealand's most kick-ass television characters, Rita West, returning to our screens next year.

Antonia Prebble, who brings the feisty Rita to life as only she can, is currently back on the Westside set (with her '80s wig in tow) after a busy few months playing a starring role in the new Australian series, Sisters.

Prebble, who is nominated for Best Actress at the NZ TV Awards tonight, has offered a couple of Instagram glimpses into life on season four of Westside – and we can't wait to see what's in store for Rita (and Prebble) in the year ahead...


Rita's ready to rip into the week #westsidetv #Monday #rita #season4

A post shared by Antonia Prebble (@antonia_prebble) on Nov 26, 2017 at 11:05am PST