Rachel Jessica Te Ao Maarama House
20 October 1971
Auckland, New Zealand
Rachel Jessica Te Ao Maarama House Whale Rider (2002), Boy (2010), White Lies (2013), Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016), Moana (2016), Bellbird (2019) and Soul (2020). She is a series regular on TV in the 2022 reboot of Heartbreak High as Principal Stacy "Woodsy" Woods and is a recurring character in the New Zealand Dark comedy-drama Creamerie as Doc Harvey. She is also a regular fixture of New Zealand theatre.(born 20 October 1971) is a New Zealand actress and director. She is best known for her roles in the films
House was born 20 October 1971 in Auckland and raised in Kamo, Whangarei by her adoptive Scottish parents John and Sheila House. She is of Māori (Ngāti Mutunga and Ngāi Tahu) and European descent.
She has acted in several major productions that have toured nationally and internationally, including Hone Kouka's Waiora, Carol Anne Duffy's The Worlds Wife and the UK/New Zealand co-production of Beauty and the Beast.
House's film work has included roles in Whale Rider, Eagle vs Shark, Boy, and White Lies. Her television appearances include Maddigan's Quest and Gaylene Preston's series Hope and Wire. Jason Buchanan of the Rovi corporation wrote: "While she may not necessarily possess traditional Hollywood good looks, House has an undeniably distinct persona onscreen and exhibits just the kind of charisma that could prove the foundation for an enduring career."
House voiced Gramma Tala in the 2016 Disney animated film Moana. In 2017, she played Grandmaster's bodyguard Topaz in Thor: Ragnarok. In 2019, she was one of the leading roles in Bellbird, a film that received several awards at several international film festivals. In 2020, she voiced Terry in the Pixar animated film Soul.
House is a frequent collaborator of director Taika Waititi, appearing in his films Eagle vs Shark, Boy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Thor: Ragnarok, and serving as acting coach for the young actors on Boy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Jojo Rabbit. She was also an acting coach for Everything We Loved, The Dark Horse, The Rehearsal and the second season of the series Top of the Lake.
House has directed several theatrical performances.
In 2012, House directed the Māori-language version of Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, Toroihi rāua ko Kahira, adapted by Te Haumihiata Mason and set in a classical Māori and a pre-colonial Māori world. It was performed as part of an international series at London's Globe Theatre. Other theatre directing work includes the award-winning production of Hinepau, which House also co-adapted from Gavin Bishop's original book and toured both nationally and internationally, Neil La Bute's The Mercy Seat and Hui by longtime collaborator Mitch Tawhi Thomas that premiered at the Auckland Arts Festival in 2013.
In 2016, House directed Auckland-based theatre company Silo Theatre's production of Medea, a contemporary retelling of the Euripides myth created by Australian theatre-makers Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks.
In 1995, House won the "Most Promising Female Newcomer of the Year" Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for her one-woman show Nga Pou Wahine by Briar Grace-Smith. In 2000 she won Most Outstanding Performance for her role in Witi Ihimaera's critically acclaimed play Woman Far Walking (as Tiriti, a 160-year-old woman) and in 2003, Best Supporting Actress 8n Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People.
In 2012, she received the New Zealand Arts Foundation's Laureate Award, which is given as an investment in excellence across a range of art forms for an artist with prominence and outstanding potential for future growth. In the same year, she won Production of the Year and Director of the Year at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards, for her direction of Toroihi rāua ko Kahira.
In 2016, House received the WIFT (Women in Film & Television) NZ Mana Wāhine Award for her prolific contribution to theatre and film, both in front of and behind the camera.
|2006||Perfect Creature||Forensic woman|
|2007||Eagle vs Shark||Nancy|
|2014||Everything We Loved||TV reporter (voice)|
|The Dark Horse||Vagrant woman|
|2016||Hunt for the Wilderpeople||Paula||Director's Intern and Dialogue Coach|
|Moana||Gramma Tala (voice)||Also dubbed role in Māori|
|Jojo Rabbit||American Soldier||Deleted scene; also acting coach|
|Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt)||Patty|
|Back to the Outback||Jacinta (voice)|
|2023||The Portable Door||Nienke Van Spee|
|Next Goal Wins||Ruth|
|2024||Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire||Filming|
|1996||Queenie and Pete||Queenie|
|1998||Tiger Country||Faenza||Television Movie|
|1999–2000||The Life and Times of Te Tutu||Hine||Core Cast|
|2005||Ask Your Auntie||Panelist|
|2006||Maddigan's Quest||Goneril||Core Cast|
|2011||Super City||Roimata||Season 1|
|2013||The Blue Rose||Tina||3 Episodes|
|2014||Hope and Wire||Joycie Waru||Mini-Series|
|2015||Find Me a Māori Bride||Kuini||Season 1|
|2018, 2020||The New Legends of Monkey||Monica||Season 1-2|
|2019||The Lion Guard||Mama Binturong||Voice role; 6 episodes|
|2020||Stateless||Harriet||Miniseries; 6 episodes|
|2021||Cowboy Bebop||Mao||Main cast|
|2021||Creamerie||Doc Harvey||3 episodes|
|2021||What If...?||Topaz||Voice role; episode: "What If... Thor Were an Only Child?"|
|2022||Amphibia||Parisia (voice)||Episode: "Olm Town Road"|
|2022–present||Pinecone & Pony||Gladys (voice)||Recurring role|
|2022–present||Heartbreak High||Woodsy||Recurring role|
|2023–present||Kiff||Mary Buns||3 episodes|
|2023–present||Foundation||Tellem Bond||Season 2|
|2023||Koala Man||Janine (voice)||Main role|
|2023||Bay of Fires||Airini||4 episodes|
|2023||Our Flag Means Death||Mary Read||1 episode|
|TBA||Time Bandits||Fianna||Upcoming miniseries|
|1994||Tales of the Pacific||Various||Pacific Underground Theatre|
|By Degrees||Donna||Auckland Theatre Company|
|Savage Hearts – Manawa Taua||Various||Theatre at Large|
|1995||Risky Risque||Baby||BATS Theatre|
|Nga Pou Wahine||Various||New Zealand Tour|
|Five Angels||Carol/Api||Centrepoint Theatre|
|1996||Waiora||America||New Zealand International Festival of the Arts|
|Waitapu||Jackie||New Zealand & Canadian Tour|
|King Lear||Cordelia/Various||Theatre at Large|
|1997||Waiora||America||New Zealand & UK Tour|
|Alice in Wonderland||Various||Bruce Mason Centre|
|Nga Pou Wahine||New Zealand & Sydney – Australia Tour|
|1998||Beauty and the Beast||New Zealand International Festival of the Arts|
|2000||Serial Killers||Simone||Circa Theatre|
|Woman Far Walking||Tiriti||New Zealand International Festival of the Arts|
|2001||New Zealand & Hawaiian Tour|
|2002||The World's Wife||Various||New Zealand International Festival of the Arts|
|The Bellbird||Tapairu||Auckland Theatre Company|
|South Pacific||Bloody Mary||Court Theatre|
|An Enemy of the People|
|The World's Wife||Various||New Zealand Tour|
|2010||The Vagina Monologues||The Basement Theatre|
|2013||White Rabbit, Red Rabbit||Nassim||Silo Theatre|
|2001||Have Car Will Travel||Taki Rua|
|2005||The Mercy Seat|
|Hinepau||Capital E National Theatre for Children|
|2006–2007||Frangipani Perfume||New Zealand; Brisbane, Australia; Cambridge, U.K|
|2007||Wild Dogs Under My Skirt||Auckland Festival|
|2009||Flintlock Musket||STAMP at THE EDGE|
|2012||The Māori Troilus and Cressida||Globe Theatre|
|2013||Hui||Auckland Arts Festival & Silo Theatre|
|Don Ioane||Pacific Institute of Performing Arts|
|1995||Chapman Tripp Theatre Award||Most Promising Female Newcomer||Nga Pou Wahine||Won|
|1996||Best Supporting Actress||King Lear||Nominated|
|2001||Director of the Year||Have Car Will Travel||Won|
|New Zealand Listener Award||Best Director||Won|
|2002||Chapman Tripp Theatre Award||Outstanding Performance||Woman Far Walking||Won|
|2003||Best Supporting Actress||An Enemy of the People||Won|
|2010||Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival||Best Supporting Actress||Boy||Won|
|2012||Chapman Tripp Theatre Award||Director of the Year||The Māori Troilus and Cressida||Won|
|2012||New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate Award||Won|
|2016||WIFT NZ Mana Wāhine Award||Won|
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