Now – as you probably know, as well as the usual platforms (this site, soundcloud, iTunes/Apple) you can now get to Sweetman Podcast on Spotify – follow it there and have it saved in your Spotify library.
This week’s episode was recorded over two months ago – back when we hadn’t had a lockdown and the talk of the pandemic was just really getting going; so much so that we even make a thin joke or two about that in this chat – and about “social distancing” (a new term then, now something you hear often and many times every day).
Here is where I met Karen O’Leary – “Officer O’Leary” to many of you no doubt. She is one of the stars of the hit TV show Wellington Paranormal (about to shoot its third season as this conversation was recorded). That series was created on the back of the love for the bumbling, inept Kiwi cops in the hit film, What We Do In The Shadows.
Prior to ‘Shadows’ Karen had not acted. After it was made and in between seasons of Paranormal she returns herself to work at the daycare facility as head teacher – she’s been there for over 20 years now. Her great passion is early childhood education. She’s a musician on the side and her band Fun & Funner has just released its debut album (that was talked about in this conversation and then the album was released just after, during the lockdown).
O’Leary was talent-spotted by one of the parents at the childcare facility were she teaches. The casting director for the Shadows film thought Karen would be perfect to play cop; an extension of part of the role she performs marshalling the kiddie troops…
Now we know her as one half of the TV-cop duo that have gone on to appear in improv-comedy roles at functions and events, as part of the real police force’s marketing campaign, and of course on their own TV show.
So Karen and I talked about all of this.
It was great to meet her and capture this chat. And now, after sitting on the shelf for a couple of months, waiting until the podcast could return in some sniff of normalcy, you get to hear this chat too.
Here now is episode 215 of Sweetman Podcast – my conversation with [Officer] Karen O’Leary