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She walked in the interview room at the Montage Hotel with a huge smile and a vibrant attitude! Loved her from the start as she was super sweet and personable. I think I loved her even more as she gave us a glimpse of herself and the history of her special friendship with Taika Waititi.
The word friend is used so commonly, as it should…we should all have friends, both close and distant. I sometimes call you all friend in many of my blog posts. I believe that relationships are our most valuable resource. However, there are some friendships that are so special it’s sometimes hard to put them into words. Just like the friendship between Rachel House and Taika Waititi.
I am very fond of authentic friendships. You know those that are born and grow organically? That’s the type of friendship between Rachel and Taika. When asked how she and Taika knew each other, she answered,
“I met him when he was 17. He was in a play in this little theater in Wellington, and he was the best thing about it. I was a couple years older, and at drama school at the time. I met him after and said, “You were so great. Thank you so much.” And then started becoming a fan of his little crazy comedy stuff that he’d do with Jermaine and Bret, and another guy, Nigel Collins.”
“So, I became a very big fan. From then, we just kept staying in touch. I had no idea he was going to end up being an awesome film director. He was an artist, and an actor, and a comedian.”
She kept in touch as a fan, and became a friend. Friends become a significant part of our lives. I think that’s my favorite part of their story. Friendships can develop from supporting someone else’s talent. Giving someone the gift of being influential in your life is a great joy as a friend. Rachel has clearly been an influence in Taika’s life, she’s been coined as his “good luck charm”. When asked how she felt about that she said,
“Not good, because when you put that out there, it can reverse. I was thinking, oh no, maybe that’s going to implode. But it didn’t, thank goodness.” I’m sure that was tough, carrying that type of pressure but it was amazing at the same time.
Friends make our lives more interesting and fun. Being friendly can get you more friends but you don’t need many friends to help get you through life. Give enough attention to the friends that really matter for your well-being. For example, Rachel was coined as Taika’s good luck charm. But the friendship is reciprocal in nature. Rachel said,
“I got a top-secret audition that I had to do through my agent. And she said, “Oh, it’s for Marvel.” And I said, “Well, that’ll be Taika.” And she went, “Oh yeah, of course it will.”
“I was given this tiny little saying with a few lines. New Zealand is so small, so one of my buddies, who’s a casting director filmed it and then sent it off. I then got a very kind of drawl, email from Taika saying, “Oh, by the way, you got the role,” which is really lovely. I don’t know if they saw any other people. I’m not sure.”
Friends selflessly help you even when you don’t realize you need help. They support you unconditionally and are ready to happily stand by you to ensure that you are the leading cast member in your own life.
In our everyday life, we need a friend to lean on, to listen, to grieve with, and to motivate us. It’s a highly motivating thing to know that there are a few people who will always love you and believe in you. A good friend of mine, Yvonne, lost someone very influential in her life. She had worked for him for years, and loved him immensely. He was a celebrity, so when he died the whole world grieved…but she was the first person I thought about when I heard the news. Once we spoke she said, “I’m just sitting here on the floor in the dark and I can’t stop crying.” I replied, “Do you want me to come sit in the dark with you and hold your hand?”
Friendships can have a major impact on your life and your overall well-being. Friends heighten your happiness and reduce your stress. One of the major benefits of having friends is they improve our lives.
How are your friends improving your life? How are you improving theirs? Tell me about the impact of friendship in your life.
P.S. Both Rachel and Taika gave an amazing Performance in Thor: Ragnarok. It’s in theatres everywhere, please check it out, and follow Marvel on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates.