Last weekend Spy headed along to Malt Bar in Grey Lynn for a reunion of a bevy of Kiwi acting and entertainment talent. The occasion was the 15th birthday of Johnson & Laird Management, the powerhouse agency behind some of the country’s leading stars, including Karl Urban and Danielle Cormack.
The biggest news from the party is that Teuila Blakely is to be the new vixen on TV2’s second season of Filthy Rich, which is set to start filming. While Blakely, 38, was celebrating her news with the star of the show, Miriama Smith, we didn’t miss a chance to grab the first photo of the pair camping it up.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the cast for Season 2 and can’t wait to sink my teeth into such a juicy role and show. All I can say is that Filthy Rich may just have got its filthiest bitch yet!” purred Blakely.
Angela Bloomfield and Imogen Johnson.
A gaggle of Shortland Street stars were also in attendance, including Kerry-Lee Dewing and Ngahuia Piripi. But all eyes were on Angela Bloomfield, whom agency owner Imogen Johnson kept close, as the actress was still reeling from the whirlwind week of publicity since her character departed the street for good.
Several other stars were home from overseas jaunts for the party, including former Shorty star Frankie Adams and her boyfriend Vinnie Bennett.
Vinnie Bennett and Frankie Adams.
Adams wrapped shooting the major new sci-fi series Expanse in Vancouver late last month, and she and her beau spent some time in NYC before heading home.
“I had an amazing experience shooting the series but I’m happy to be home in time for the Kiwi summer,” said Adams, snuggling into Bennett.
Offspring star Ido Drent had just arrived home from Hollywood, where he’d hung out with the large group of Kiwi ex-pats and signed with Paradigm, one of the biggest talent agencies in Los Angeles, which represents stars including Star Wars’ Hayden Christensen and musician Ed Sheeran. Drent was buzzing from the trip and beaming with excitement, as his second child with wife Mandy is due next month.