Rena Owen, Actor, Actress, New Zealand, Star Wars, Once Were Warriors, Kiwi, The Dead Lands, film, movies, movie, The Last Witch Hunter, Revenge of the Sith, Attack of the Clones, Longmire, Shortland Street


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  1. Hi Rena!

    To say that your performance in Once Were Warriors was phenomenal is an understatement.
    The first time I ever saw it I remember clearly where I was and when…. about 15 years ago sitting on the floor with my Kiwi boyfriend and his friends.
    I have never ever seen such powerful acting and such powerful movie. I remember I almost broke the tv watching it! I was fuming and so angry…. I cried my heart out from begining til the end. This is every time I watch it!
    Since then I have seen it about 10 times and it is my all time favourite movie…. not because of the nature of it cause it’s such a violent movie also….but because of the most incredible performance I have ever seen. You and Tamuera were so amazing. I forgot it was a movie cause it was so real, the performance spectacular.

    You are truly my favourite actress. Just wow. So raw and real.
    Hollywood actresses are overrated on all levels. You are unique!


  2. Hi Rena
    I hope you are well.
    I was wondering if you have a ‘store’ on your site? I am a huge Star Wars nerd and was wondering if I could get an autograph for my collection please?
    It would be great to hear from you.
    Many thanks

  3. Rena, I have questions to ask of you about the filming of OWW.
    I have choreography and costuming questions, actually.
    Yet, I hate hogging this section, and fear that I might have already done so.

    Is there another way to more privately “talk” to you, possibly? If so, I’d love to continue the conversation there, if that suits you.

    I have a suggestion as to how this might be accomplished: I follow your Twitter page. If you follow me back, then I can PM you in twitter and give you my private email address. Then, if you wish to, you can email me there. I don’t wish to give out my email here.


    ~~ Abbie O.

  4. I just finished watching the complete series The Straits and you were absolutely fantastic in the role of Kitty Montebello. Continue success with your career and all the very best. Thank you!

    • Thank U David Easter! I LOVED playing mama Kitty M! We we all very disappointed when the series was not renewed. Unfortunately, ABC took a budget cut and The Straits was their most expensive show due to been shot on location. Here’s hoping there will be another similar character in my acting future!

  5. Sorry, I have to add one more thing: I keep running into people who have seen ‘Once were Warriors” and who (like me) called it one of their favourite films, the hard-hitting subject matter notwithstanding. Ms. Owen, you really should have won the best actress award at the NZ Film Awards, the programme spoken of in the documentary. That it was denied you, is still a travesty to my mind. And we all could see how hurt you were that you got overlooked in the documentary as well. Heart-breaking, but, at least you got your upset off of your chest, which is good. And, you went on to be honoured around the world and in everyone’s hearts and minds, as well.

    As before,

    ~~ Abbie Ormsby

    • Thank you again Abbie. During my OWW documentary interview, I had not expected Julian to ask about that NZ award loss. That question did take me by surprise and my emotional response to it equally surprised me. But it was honest and real. Although I missed out on the establishment vote, at the time what helped me the most was knowing I had the peoples vote! xoxo

  6. This website is lovely, Ms. Owen. Your acting is right up there, as well. I first came to know of your work through the film, “Once were Warriors”, as many other people have, around the world. The film remains one of my all time favourite movies. The documentary on / about the movie was equally compelling viewing. I’m so glad that Julian Arahanga thought to gather the Heke family around again for a nice reunion.

    Do you take suggestions, for this website, Ms. Owen? I hope you do. I would love to read the full articles from the magasines on this page, please:
    The Listener magasine and NZ Film magasine articles interest me most. I reckon those would be quite good reads. Thank you, in advance, for the future posting of the articles, should you chose to do so.

    Take good care, everyone and have a great day!

    • Thank U Abbie! I’m very grateful to Armando Madero who did an amazing job of taking my old website and revamping it into this hot new site which I’m slowly but surely learning how to navigate πŸ™‚ I am very open to all suggestions. Unfortunately with the Listener & NZ Film Magazines, they were all pre-internet in the mid 1990s, so are not available online. One day when time is on my side and I am back in NZ, I want to digitalize all my old media that came prior to the digital age we now live in. I have boxes full of great media and photos to be posted one day! For now, I’ll be posting articles and photos I can access. Appreciate your support!