Becky's final farewell 'I BAWLED MY EYES OUT!'
Woman’s Day Magazine NZ|January 31, 2022
The Shortland Street favourite reveals how she really feels about leaving the soap
Florence Hartigan

Even though it was over six months ago that Rebecca McEwan decided to leave Shortland Street, emotions ran high when it was finally time for her to say goodbye to the character she has played for the past two years.

“I had six months of mental preparation knowing that I was going to be killed off, but it was still so sad," says the 26-year-old, whose character, unlucky-in-love single mum Tess Hutchinson, was brutally stabbed on her wedding day in last year's cliffhanger and died from her injuries last week.

“I read my final scripts and just bawled my eyes out, feeling all the feels. I couldn't even talk about it to people without tearing up, especially talking about Amelie being an orphan!" Being an on-screen mum to Amelie, played by two-year-old Eleanor Tankard, has been a highlight for Becky.

“It was so fun to get to play with a baby all day and then get to give her back at the end of it!" laughs the New Plymouth-born actress, who also starred in Filthy Rich. “I've worked with Eleanor since she was four weeks old, so I've gotten to form a really cool relationship with her. I'm definitely going to keep in touch."

While she's relished some unusual on-screen moments, such as giving birth on camera and a tricky scene where Tess was drunk while wearing rollerskates, Becky says the strangest thing about her time on the iconic TVNZ 2 soap has been playing opposite her real-life husband, actor Jay Kiriona, who stars as Prince Kimiora.

The talented couple, who tied the knot in 2019, not only played love interests on the show but then exes who had different romantic partners. “It's pretty weird!" admits Becky. “I don't know if I'd be keen to do it again! Not that it was bad in any way it was just hard to differentiate between Tess and Prince and Becky and Jay. It's more difficult to be inside the character's head when you're staring at your husband!"

But the confusing situation did have an upside, she confesses. “The best thing about working together is that we're constantly trying to push each other to be better. Working with Jay was a cool opportunity to grow as actors because we would go home and discuss the things we did that day - what worked and what didn't.

“We're good at taking constructive criticism and using it to make changes, so it was cool being able to have really honest chats and help each other get better?

Now that her time in Ferndale has come to an end, Becky says friends and whānau are curious to know what's next for the successful young pair.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM WOMAN’S DAY MAGAZINE NZView All

Shorty star Courtenay tells 'MY BATTLE WITH BINGE EATING'

Courtenay Louise reveals how returning to Aotearoa ended her painful struggle with an eating disorder

4 mins read
Woman’s Day Magazine NZ
May 23, 2022

The Block NZ's Emmett ties the knot THERE WASN'T A DRY EYE IN THE HOUSE!

The besotted reno champ exchanged vows with the love of his life in an emotional autumn ceremony

4 mins read
Woman’s Day Magazine NZ
May 23, 2022

SAVING AN ANGEL

After unimaginable tragedy, brave mum Tamica is celebrating every moment

3 mins read
Woman’s Day Magazine NZ
May 23, 2022

ANNA'S LOOKALIKE DAUGHTER!

Larry's daughter is the spitting image of her late mum.

1 min read
Woman’s Day Magazine NZ
May 23, 2022

SALMA & CHANNING'S FLIRTFEST!

The pair got flirty on the set of Magic Mike 3.

1 min read
Woman’s Day Magazine NZ
May 23, 2022

Dashing dancer Rhys Mathewson 'MEET MY BEAUTIFUL BRIDE!'

The Dancing With The Stars NZ favourite introduces his leading lady - his new wife Chelsea

5 mins read
Woman’s Day Magazine NZ
May 23, 2022

BRITNEY'S PRENUP TURNS TOXIC

They're expecting a baby together and she already refers to him as her "husband", but Britney Spears and Sam Asghari's wedding plans have hit a rocky patch, with the personal trainer demanding their prenuptial arrangement include a hefty pay-out.

1 min read
Woman’s Day Magazine NZ
May 23, 2022

'I should have been born with fins!'

Move over, Ariel - free diver Alana loves to relax 60 metres under the sea

2 mins read
Woman’s Day Magazine NZ
May 23, 2022

Charlene's $18 MILLION SCANDAL

Shock new claims have surfaced about the royal's sudden reappearance in Monaco

1 min read
Woman’s Day Magazine NZ
May 23, 2022

KIM SHEDDING FOR WEDDING NO. 4!

Kim will do "anything" to be a blooming bride.

1 min read
Woman’s Day Magazine NZ
May 23, 2022
RELATED STORIES

How Your Diet Can Help Reduce Inflammation

YOU GO OUT for a long run or a hard workout, and the next day that familiar soreness creeps into your muscles.

3 mins read
Runner's World
Issue 02, 2022

young and restless

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Abby mentions to Sharon that Chance isn’t interested in therapy.... After Chelsea moves into the Grand Phoenix, she and Rey bond at the coffeehouse discussing Connor. Chelsea recounts her con artist past and notes the steps that she’s taken to become a better person.... Chance returns to the GCPD, and while on a stakeout with Rey, they talk about Chelsea. Chance praises Rey for forgiving her. During a moment of intense action during the stakeout, Chance freezes. Later, he avoids telling Abby what he experienced.... Chelsea has a dream about Rey kissing her.

3 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
February 21, 2022

Y&R: TABOO DREAMS FOR NOAH AND CHELSEA

Noah and Chelsea have dreams that catch them by surprise.

2 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
February 14, 2022

Y&R: MARIAH PROPOSES TO TESSA

Tessa shows up at Crimson Lights, where Sharon shares her excitement over Tessa and Mariah’s decision to adopt.

1 min read
Soap Opera Digest
January 31, 2022

Young and restless

Third Wheel: Mariah (Camryn Grimes, r.) was once the outsider in Tessa (Cait Fairbanks) and Noah’s (then-Robert Adamson) relationship.

3 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
December 27, 2021

RENÉE'S IN WITH ANT'S KIDS!

HER PARENT TRAP!

1 min read
Star
November 22, 2021

Tessa Thompson

PARTING SHOT

2 mins read
Newsweek
November 12, 2021

Young and restless

ENTERTAINMENT GOSSIP

3 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
November 08, 2021

Y&R: CHANCE IS PRESUMED DEAD

Abby’s world is turned upside down when Christine delivers the news that the area where Chance was residing was bombed and there appears to be no survivors.

2 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
November 01, 2021

Young and restless

Billy Abbott and Jesse Gaines Elena Dawson and Nate Hastings Tessa Porter Lily Winters

3 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
October 25, 2021