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    Rachelle
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    NZ Radio interview discussing current work (typo in headline–should be IS not IN):
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    https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/the-sunday-session/audio/martin-henderson-previews-my-life-in-murder-season-2/
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    #3996
    Rachelle
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    TV Fanatic interview with Marty:
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    https://www.tvfanatic.com/2021/10/martin-henderson-is-super-busy-and-charming-as-hell/
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    Martin Henderson Is Super Busy and Charming as Hell
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    Carissa Pavlica at October 9, 2021 1:00 pm.
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    Ordinarily, when relaying an interview with you in Q & A style, I cut the chitchat.
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    But when someone as talented and, well, handsome as Martin Henderson can make a person blush via a Zoom call, it seems like something you might want to know. His persuasive characteristics on-screen are in full view off-screen, as well.
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    He’s a very busy man, with a fun role on My Life Is Murder coinciding with his work on Virgin River. If you like him on one, you should watch the other. Martin doesn’t pick shabby roles. Check out our full conversation below, and let us know your favorite Martin Henderson roles in the comments!
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    Nice to meet you, Martin.
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    You too, Carissa. Where are you? Where are you located?
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    I’m in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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    Pittsburgh. And how’s it over there? Is it gloomy and sort of fall weather?
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    Half of the day today was gloomy, and then the second half was sunny. So it’s doing all right.
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    Well, whatever weather, it’s good for your hair. I got to say. If it’s the humidity or what, it’s working for you.
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    Where are you?
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    I’m in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada.
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    Filming Virgin River?
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    Yeah.
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    Well, congratulations on that getting so many renewals. That’s pretty amazing.
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    I know. Crazy, right? I know. It’s insane, but I guess people want more, so we’re giving them more. And it’s exciting that Netflix is behind it.
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    Perfect. Your career’s going so well overall. Does it surprise you how many opportunities are out there right now?
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    Yeah, I don’t know. I just sort of take it day to day. I mean, I’m certainly grateful. It’s a funny business. You work on big-budget Hollywood films, and you’re sure it’s going to make a big splash. And they don’t always.
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    And then Virgin River was a very small kind of idea, really. It’s a little romance based on a Harlequin romance novel. And we knew that there would be an audience for that, given there was a pretty big readership for the books, but I don’t think anyone expected it to be quite as popular as it’s become.
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    So it’s quite shocking and surprising, but obviously, I’m grateful for that. And it’s nice to be putting something out there too. I think a lot of the success of Virgin River has been based on the fact that we’re in this pandemic.
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    And here’s a little show that offers so much heart and cozy warmth, and it’s about good people trying to do good things and community. And I think it’s offered people a sense of hope, in a time where there’s a lot of darkness. So yeah, just good, good timing.
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    What’s your process for finding a role you really enjoy?
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    Well, I think the first thing is, I consider my job to be a service job. I feel like I’m there to serve the audience first and foremost. And of course, I have to serve the writing. So I look at a script, and I just try to figure out whether I can adequately serve the audience by my portrayal. Sometimes it’s an intuition thing.
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    A lot of actors talk about this. You don’t always know what it is, but there’s some aspect of the character that comes off the script that ignites something in you, where you go, “Okay, I know I can play this guy. I can play this guy well.”
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    I mean, there’s a lot of parts I could play, but not necessarily great. There are other actors that would be much better for those roles, and you can feel that sometimes. And sometimes you make a mistake because you get whatever, you don’t want to pass up the opportunity, or you might want the paycheck, or whatever it is.
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    And you find yourself on set going, “Oh, shit. I should not be playing this role.” And that’s a horrible feeling. So I try to avoid that and be really honest with myself at the get-go. But it’s an intuition more than anything. You get a sense, like, “Okay, I can be this guy.”
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    So what was it that drew you, other than the fact that it’s Lucy Lawless, to playing her brother on My Life Is Murder?
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    Well, yeah, as you stated, that was one of the biggest draws, I think, just that I knew Lucy for so many years, socially and through the industry, and had always been a fan of her as an actress. But just as a human being, I just thought she’s such a delightful personality that the prospect of working with her was attractive.
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    And I think the idea of being her brother. Again, it’s one of those things, where you go, “Ah, that makes sense. I can see myself and her playing siblings well.” Whether it’s aesthetically or just our energy, I kind of thought this could be really interesting.
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    And then, when they told me the idea for the character, it sounded like a lot of fun. I think it’s always fun playing con-men or villains to an extent. And there’s a lightness and humor to the writing that I find really appealing.
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    I think I enjoy doing comedic work the most as an actor, which is funny because I don’t do a lot of it. I’m often cast as the brooding, serious leading man sort of kind of guy. And so, yeah, it just appealed to me for all those reasons, I think.
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    I think it worked out well. I do think that you played good siblings, and he’s such a charming guy with that not-really serious and yet really serious at the same time thing because it’s his sister. So I really like the way you handle it.
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    Thank you. Yeah. Well, a testament to the writers. I think they know how rare it is to see siblings in stories. It’s not a common relationship that’s portrayed. And so, I think they’re really just taking a lot of pleasure from exploring the ways in which you can screw with your sibling.
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    And you know all their buttons, and you know all their dirty secrets, and you can lord things over them. And both characters are so manipulative. And it’s like you said, you’re like, “Are they seriously? Are they being sincere, or are they using one another?” And there’s a bit of both. Right?
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    Right.
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    And that’s what makes it really interesting because the characters and the audience at the same time are trying to figure out who’s being honest here. And that’s really fun.
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    Well, and they didn’t even know. The characters themselves are saying, “Did you mean that? No? Yes?” And you’d say, “Yes.”
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    Yeah, exactly. Exactly.
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    It’s a lot of fun. How often have you been able to go back to New Zealand and work?
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    Now and then. I mean, typically, I go home to not work. I usually go home just to see family and friends and connect.
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    I’ve spent the last 26 years, basically my whole adult life, out of New Zealand. So home remains a really important place for me, to just kind of get my feet on the ground. And it’s such a wonderful antidote to sort of what I do for a living and the world that I sort of find myself in because of that job.
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    And to go home is just so grounding. And it’s my people. I don’t know. It’s that thing of home. I don’t know where home is for you, but I don’t feel that anywhere else in the world. And so, it’s a very, very special place for me.
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    But usually, like I said, it’s in between jobs that I’ll pop home. So it was quite rare to be home. And I was actually home, funnily enough, this time, to do a movie that we were shooting in New Zealand. It was an American film that went down there because of COVID.
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    And while I was in quarantine, the writers of My Life Is Murder got wind that I was in town. So they actually reached out and said, “Oh, if you’re going to be home, do you want to come and be Lucy’s brother?” And I thought, “Oh, that sounds great.” So it just worked out.
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    Yeah, sure did. Do you think maybe you could come back for season three?
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    We’re talking about it. I’m definitely open to it. It’s really complicated with the quarantine situation in New Zealand right now because they had an outbreak. They’re trying to stamp it out. I don’t know if they’ll be successful. So as they come to terms with the reality, I think they are also trying to rethink what the quarantine situation will be. So it’s all a bit of a question mark.
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    I mean, I’m up here in Canada, till kind of Christmastime anyway, shooting Virgin River. And then, with a bit of luck, I’ll be able to get home around Christmastime. If there’s a season three, then it’d be nice to try to squeeze that in before I come back here to do season five.
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    It’s incredible how much time you guys are spending in quarantine right now.
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    I know.
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    Actors internationally, you’re two weeks here, two weeks there. It’s got to be rough on you.
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    Yeah. Canada, fortunately, has self-quarantining. So you can quarantine in a private residence, which is infinitely better than the hotel situation. I’ve done it twice in Canada now in a home, in a house. And I did it in New Zealand in a hotel.
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    And the hotel is so much more like a prison cell after about six days. It just really gets to you. But in a home, it’s not too bad. I don’t mind it. In fact, every time I’ve been quarantined, it’s because I’ve been about to start a job.
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    So I just try to use that as a forced way to focus on prepping for the script and doing my work without a lot of distractions and kind of enjoy it, actually.
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    What else do you have coming up that we don’t know about?
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    Well, the film that I mentioned that we shot in New Zealand, Project X, is probably almost done. So I’m just waiting to hear what their plans are for a release. Because, of course, it’s a feature film, and it was supposed to be a theatrical release. And it would be a real shame if it’s not.
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    It’s a ’70s period piece, and it was shot in that sort of ’70s style and very cinematic and very visual. And so, I’m hoping it does get a cinema release. But with everything that’s going on, I don’t know if that’s the case. So just waiting to hear about that.
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    And then obviously, Virgin River. We’re in the middle of season four right now. So that’ll be probably coming out sometime next year. And then season five. So yeah, not much time for anything else. They keep giving me Virgin River.
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    You just don’t have any time, really.
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    No.
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    Well, thank you so much, Martin. It’s really great talking to you today.
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    Yeah, you too. Enjoy Pittsburgh, and yeah, your hair looks great.
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    Thank you. I’m going to tell everybody you said that. So look out, social media.
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    I think they already know.
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    Thanks so much, Martin.
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    Thanks, Carissa.
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    You can catch Martin’s juicy and uncharacteristic role on My Life Is Murder on Acorn TV. Check it out!!
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    Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She’s a member of the Critic’s Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.
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    #4080
    Deej
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    <p style=”text-align: left;”>Loved this interview, hopefully Marty will be able to see his family at Christmastime❤</p>

    #4083
    Rachelle
    Keymaster

    Our magnificent moosh does sound like he could use a break, huh Deej?…Grateful but a bit exhausted from being a “wanted man.” LOL!…He’ll balance it out–he’s a Libra. LOL!

    #4163
    Deej
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    <p style=”text-align: left;”>Oh yeah 😉</p>

    #4907
    Rachelle
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    #4961
    Deej
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    ❤💜

    #4973
    Rachelle
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    #4979
    Rachelle
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    Stuff NZ interview:
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    https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/128211078/actor-martin-henderson-on-porn-very-good-hair-and-why-dogs-rule
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    Actor Martin Henderson on porn, very good hair, and why dogs rule
    Virginia Fallon
    05:00, Apr 03 2022
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    Martin Henderson really is a blimmin’ nice guy.
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    Just a few minutes into our interview about the Kiwi actor’s new film X, I come clean that I haven’t managed to watch much of the screener sent by the production company ahead of our Zoom call.
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    The film only arrived in my inbox this morning at 5.30am, I explain apologetically, then wait nervously for a justifiably annoyed reaction.
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    “Well that’s not a good time to watch a horror movie,” he says.
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    It’s Wednesday morning and Henderson is beaming in from Great Barrier Island ahead of the film’s New Zealand premiere next Thursday.
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    Today he’s got a few more interviews with reporters who may have actually watched the film, then he’s planning to hide from the kids while going over some lines for his next job. It’s a NZ one and he’s chuffed.
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    X was also filmed in Aotearoa despite being set in 1979 Texas. Written, produced and directed by Ti West, it follows a group of young filmmakers who set out to secretly make an adult film on an elderly couple’s rural Texas property. Being a horror, all is not what it seems and they wind up fighting for their lives over one long night.
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    Starring alongside actors Brittany Snow and Mia Goth, Henderson plays Wayne Gilroy, a swaggering good ol’ boy convinced he’s going to make it big in the emerging industry of at-home entertainment. He’s left his wife for a stripper at the club he owns, and plans to get rich quick by putting her in a pornographic movie.
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    Wayne isn’t a particularly nice guy, Henderson says, though he is kind of lovable.
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    “I saw him as a used car salesman…he’s passionate but doesn’t quite figure out it. He’s a bit of a ne’er do well.”
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    Wayne also has very good hair, Henderson agrees, crediting wardrobe and makeup experts for the authentic 70s vibe : “There was a lot of blow-drying going into that every morning.”
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    Very much a film within a film, X is a bit of a homage to 1970s slasher movies and has been likened to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre​, a comparison Henderson says its director is thrilled with. The film is set in a time right on the cusp of the advent of video when adult movies had to be feature length and have a story. Henderson found that fascinating given how easily accessible pornography is today.
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    “It was so new and exciting and there is a naivety to it. I thought that was kind of cute in a way.”
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    And as for he how developed his pornographer character?
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    “I did a hell of a lot of research in my mid to late teens. It paid off, you never know where your interests are going to take you.”
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    Jokes aside, Henderson says working with West was a blast. Because he wrote the script, his vision for the film and its characters was crystal clear, something the actor initially struggled with as he had ideas of his own as to how Wayne should behave and look. When he watched the final product though, he was delighted.
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    “What Ti’s made is a movie that’s unapologetically brash, brazen and outrageous… It’s a romp, fun and risqué with that sweet naivety to it too, which is refreshing. “
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    While the 47-year-old has appeared in a few horror films, he’s not a huge fan of actually watching them. Actors are prone to spending so much time analysing the shots, they don’t get drawn into the drama onscreen and childhood scars tend to see him give the genre a wide berth.
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    “When I was young they scared the s… out of me. The film that put me off the most when I was a kid was When a Stranger Calls….. it ruined me. “
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    Nowadays, it’s not the horror tropes of masked killers or boogey men that scare him but more those grown-up existential fears.
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    “I’m less afraid of dying as I am of not getting to the end of my life and feeling that I didn’t live…that idea this isn’t a dress rehearsal it’s an amazing gift. It’s such a precious thing, and I’m afraid of wasting it.”
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    A quick look at Henderson’s body of work should put paid to that worry.
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    Born in Auckland, he began acting at the age of 13, appearing in Strangers, a local television production, then joined the original cast of Shortland Street in 1992. He played the part of heartthrob Stuart Neilson​ for three years before heading to Australia, then roles in films and TV.
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    In 1997 he set off for the United States to pursue a Hollywood career and a two-year acting programme in New York. He was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 2000 for his work on Kick, the cast in John Woo’s Windtalkers.
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    Since then, he’s appeared on both big and small screen productions including The Ring, Grey’s Anatomy, Little Fish and Off the Map. He’s played the part of Jack Sheridan, a former marine with PTSD, in the popular Netflix series Virgin River since 2019.
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    Next up is the new season of Lucy Lawless’ mystery-drama My Life is Murder, for which he’ll be going over his lines this afternoon. While he was here shooting X, the series’ producer Mark Beasley​ approached him to play Lawless’ brother in the show.
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    “It was that nice synchronisation thing where I was in the right time at the right place.”
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    He’s thrilled to be getting more work in NZ and often thinks about how lucky he is to be a Kiwi.
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    “It’s hard to explain it to a non-Kiwi, but it’s a perspective on life, it’s a humour and an attitude… I was just fortunate enough to be born here, I didn’t do anything to deserve it.”
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    Henderson has spent his adult life in North America so when he found out X would be shot in the North Island’s Manawatū area he was determined to get the part.
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    Even then it was a long slog to actually get into the country. The cast spent two weeks quarantined in Auckland before flying to Wellington where, moments after leaving the hotel they received news someone they’d shared quarantine facilities with had tested positive for the virus.
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    Another five days of quarantine followed, though the wait was worth it.
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    “It was summer, the beach was beautiful in Wellington. That smell, and the sound of a tui hit me like a tonne of bricks. I had a visceral feeling that I want to be based in NZ, I have to, its such a part of who I am.”
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    Henderson hopes to eventually split his time between here and California where he lives. He loves it there too, its just that Aotearoa is where is heart is, most of it anyway.
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    When my cat prowls into view on the computer screen, he asks about her and talks about pets for a while. Henderson grew up with cats though declares himself more of a dog man – “cats’ love is so conditional” – and the first dog he got is the one he still has now.
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    Flipping a framed photograph to face the screen he introduces Sammy, a 15-year-old bitsa named after the family’s first cat. Sammy’s back in California because there’s something going on with his back left leg.
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    “He’s in a rehab thing, I’m trying to build it up so he can make the flight down here at the end of the year.”
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    Rachelle
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