Q&A with Shortland Street star Ria Vandervis

The 30-year-old actress, who plays Shortland Street’s Harper Whitley, is in the NEXT hot seat


Top of my bucket list is…
to get over my awful fear of heights and go hang gliding. It’d be awesome to experience a flying sensation.

The website I can’t resist checking is…
TradeMe. I can’t resist a bargain, for which I blame my Dutch genes.

My go-to party outfit is…
a pretty dress and my chunky flat boots.

In my handbag right now… a call sheet for work tomorrow, my wallet, an apple, sunnies case, headphones, a blusher, and some napkins from my local sushi joint.
My advice to my younger self…
it’s none of your business what other people think of you. Be proud of and own your own actions and attitudes.

The best thing not yet invented… a teleport.

The song I play when exercising is…
‘Chandelier’ by Sia. I’m slightly obsessed.

The best thing about cooler weather is…
not feeling guilty about spending lots of time curled up at home.


My most cringeworthy moment…mistakenly yelling out the answer at a written quiz. It was very embarrassing.

My hidden talent… lawn mowing.

One one place I’d most like to visit is…
Barcelona. I would love to see all that great architecture in the flesh.
The reason I got into this job was…
It’s great fun to pretend to be other people.


The person whose work I most admire is…
Helen Clark. She is a true hero of our times.

Most of my time is taken up by…
Working on scripts and acting on Shorty, celebrating marriages and running
Konstruct.com, the printed apparel and promo products business I have with my husband.

My favourite movie is… Before Sunrise.

I’d like to do more… reading.

My favourite autumn accessory is…
a big cotton scarf. It’s such an easy way to keep warm and dress up an outfit.


From the editors of NEXT