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The best of both worlds

Actress, presenter, podcaster, charity worker and part-time student of marine biology…it sounds like a hectic schedule but Kiwi star Kimberley Crossman is a woman on a mission - who somehow manages to split her life between NZ and LA too.

13 December 2023

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Kim is a familiar face to many, having graced our screens in a number of local classics including Shortland Street, Creamerie, Funny Girls and Snack Masters. Behind the scenes she’s a warm, open, energetic person, with a genuine drive to make a difference. We sat down with Kim to discover where the motivation comes from and the highs - and occasional lows - of her chosen path.

Splitting your time between the US and NZ sounds amazing but tiring, how do you manage it and what do you enjoy about this lifestyle?

I love that I get to have the best of both worlds. I am a dual citizen now and I feel incredibly proud of that. I get to spend time with family and work in New Zealand - the most stunning place on the planet - and I also get to live in one of the busiest cities in the world and chase my acting dreams in the location where it all happens!

What is your favourite type of project to work on?

I love projects that are pushing the needle forward in terms of social commentary and that are funny! I love working in the comedy space and I am always looking for opportunities to work with people I admire. Being around creative people is the very best feeling and I would be on set every day if I could be.

What do you love about the acting life - and how do you handle the inevitable hard days?

The moments between action and cut are like pure magic to me. It’s a feeling I am addicted to, my brain goes quiet and I find myself into a state of creative flow! 

But being in the acting industry… you really are in the rejection business. I try to see it as character building and remember the quote “anything for you will not pass you by.”  There are certain rejections or “failures” that hurt more than others though, and that require a shower, a cry, and a burger afterwards. But if you learned something in the process, it all just becomes part of your success story. 

Tell us about the charities that you work with?

I have been very intentional about aligning with charities that I love and cementing myself long term in projects they are involved in. I always wanted to work with a charity that helps children and those affected by the climate crisis, so World Vision was a great partner to achieve that. And I am extremely passionate about animals and animal rights, so SPCA was the perfect fit. I feel very honoured to be an ambassador for SPCA and World Vision, and I take both roles very seriously. 

What have you learned from doing this work?

I have learnt so much from my trips overseas with World Vision. I have worked in the refugee camps on the border of Syria; visited remote villages in India where work is being done to prevent child marriages and improve gender equality; and most recently I visited Uganda to meet my sponsor child and learn about some of the education programs that World Vision is running for young girls. There is so much need in the world and so many people suffering. I am learning that whilst you can’t change every young girl’s life, you can make a huge difference in the lives of a few - and that will have a long lasting positive impact.

It also makes me feel incredibly privileged to have grown up with a loving mother and sister in New Zealand, and to have had the freedom and ability to pursue my dreams. I do feel that with my success comes a duty to give back and help others in any way that I can.

Your podcast Pretty Depressed is also a powerful way of ‘giving back’, tell us more about it?

In 2020 I hit rock bottom, and after seeking help, I was diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety. Although I felt relieved to put a name to it all, I also felt a lot of shame - why did everyone seem to have it all figured out except for me? With encouragement from my friend Kevin Connolly (E from Entourage) I launched the podcast, with him as the executive producer. Every week I interview professionals, peers and my own therapist to dive deep into some of the uncomfortable and sometimes entertaining facets of mental health.

Now on to a very joyful topic, congratulations on your engagement!

Thank you! I am so in love with my very talented, kind, passionate and funny partner, Tom Walsh. We met on the set of Snack Masters. Tom is a cameraman and together we have found this perfect pairing. We are committed to having fun, learning, growing, staying curious and we both love to travel and try new things. It took me a while to find my person, but now that I have, I never want to let him go. He is honestly a wonderful man, and we bring out the very best in each other. I can’t stop smiling every time I look at my hand!

Finally, could you share a favourite piece of wisdom that has always served you well?

Be where your feet are. I am often future planning or reliving things in my mind. Being present can be a struggle for me, so anything I can do to remind myself to just ‘be’ where I am at any moment is good.

Kim will be spending her summer cruising about the country in a Honda CR-V. We’ll catch up with her in the next issue of GO magazine to hear about her adventures on the road.  

See more of Kim's worlds at kimberleycrossman.com.

Photography by: Emily Chalk 

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