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WATCH: Frankie Adams Has a Go At Cooking Traditional Samoan Tona’i

With some help from her partner, and fellow actor, Vinnie Bennett.

by VICE Staff
28 March 2018, 2:41am

New Zealand-Samoan actor Frankie Adams spends most of her time Stateside these days, with Hollywood roles rolling in since she graduated from local soapie Shortland Street. Frankie stars in Peter Jackson’s upcoming Mortal Engines and is currently in Toronto filming the sci-fi series The Expanse. VICE NZ caught up with Frankie on a recent visit home and asked what her last meal on Earth would be. She immediately went back to her roots, and had a go cooking her very first Samoan sapasui. “To'ana'i is a traditional Samoan lunch typically eaten after church, and sapasui is what people will normally eat as a part of to’anai,” says Frankie.

It’s a dish her mum usually takes care of—and since Frankie finds her mum “lovely, but terrifying”—she was a little nervous to tackle it alone so she got her boyfriend, and fellow actor Vinnie Bennett along to help out. Check out how they did here.