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I f**king love what I do. If I didn’t, I would have wasted a lot of time getting here. If you want to know more, scroll down.

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I seem to have made a career out of pretending to kill people.  

I think that's rather neat.

 

First things first: if you wanna cut to the chase, here's my one-page resume, and here's my reel.

Second things:  I'm an actor, comedian, writer, dad, teacher, builder of things, New Zealander, sexual abuse survivor, and all-round person who gives a shit.  

I have been unbelievably fortunate in my life.  I found something I love and that I happen to be good at.  I've earned the respect of my peers and of people I admire, but I've also been that 40-something restaurant waiter who must be trying to be an actor or something...

I'm a theatre actor - which, contrary to popular opinion,  isn't more 'noble' or better in any way.  It's just a different beast - and I happen to have a loud voice and get cast in lots of plays.  I started doing theatre very young - I think I was about 5 when I first walked onto a stage, wearing tights, and knelt before someone who was wearing a plastic crown on her head.  That was at the tiny Chesil Theatre in Winchester, England.  It's marvellous for everyone involved that - despite having spent a life doing Shakespeare - I've never worn tights on stage since.

At school in New Zealand I did more plays and musicals. More at University.  I performed comedy with my brother, Guy, alongside Rhys Darby and a bunch of other great kiwi comics and performers - Chris Brain,  Grant Lobban, Penny Ashton, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi to name a few.  I ended up going to Russia and learning about acting there.  I moved to New York.  More acting.  Made a film in Chiang Mai, Thailand, that I'm really proud of.  Did great theatre all over the US.  Then LA.  Acting in TV shows, occasionally travelling around the country to act in other places.  I started teaching acting and coaching private clients  (feel free to contact me if you have any questions about that).  Then I started doing comedy again when Rhys Darby forced me into it.  I remembered why I loved it in the first place.

Meanwhile, I rebuilt a couple of motorcycles.  I spent as much time in or near the ocean as I could.  I went camping a bunch.  I was for a brief, shining moment a rodeo clown (but then the first bull hit me and it became a long, definitely-not-shiny moment).  I've travelled to many beautiful parts of this planet.  I've ridden a 150cc Vespa scooter from Los Angeles all the way to the Canadian border and back.   

When I was still in my 20s I met a profoundly amazing woman and married her on a hilltop in Greece.  It took me two days to sweep the goat shit off the road that she would walk up with her family, from her village to the church.  We raised a dog, and now a boy/girl set of twin humans together.  

I've been so lucky.  By all that is good and godly in the world, I hope you are, too.
 

 

 

Hit me up

 

Margie Weiner Management:    +1 323 610 2836

Stone Manners Salners Agency:   +1 323 655 1313

info@jonnoroberts.com

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