I had just seen Aidee in the amazing Wellington production of Lungs at Circa Theatre. That show’s director (Dean Hewison, a friend and future guest on the podcast – his episode is in the can) suggested I talk to Aidee, and hooked up this chat. I might never had reached out to Walker on my own, so thanks Dean! And it’s a great conversation I think – we talked about Lungs and the preparation and requirements for such a role and from there worked through her career. She started off more in music – a drummer (and “dabbler” in other instruments) in the bands Handsome Geoffrey and Duchess. Since then she’s continued her friendship with lead singer Anna Coddington and has directed many of Anna’s music videos.
For Walker there has been short films and TV work – most famously she was “Draska Doslic” on Outrageous Fortune and appeared as Jen in the two seasons of the more recent Step Dave. She has appeared in the feature films The Locals (2003) and How To Meet Girls From A Distance (2012). And so we talk about all those roles and moments too. We also talk about her charity commitments, the preservation of mental health when your ‘day-job’ goes from a solid – exciting – pay-check to no work for months on end.
Walker is currently working on a few shows and film scripts and developing projects. She has filmed a lead role in Catching The Black Widow which will be on New Zealand TV screens next year. And the aim for Aidee is to keep working, 15 years in she’s thankful for any roles that are offered, for all she’s done and is committed to working both in front of and behind the camera for the time being. It was a great pleasure to spend an hour or so talking through her life and work. I hope you enjoy listening to this one.
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I hope you like episode 39 of Sweetman Podcast, my conversation with Aidee Walker.