She fled Go Girls and the New Zealand acting scene to try to make it in America.
Now Anna Hutchison, 27, resides in Los Angeles, has a pilot series in the bag and is training for a triathlon to raise money for a children's hospital. It's the Hollywood high-life.
The Nautica Malibu Triathlon, on September 8, is a favourite of Hollywood's elite. Last year, Rainn Wilson, Jon Cryer, Alison Sweeney, and Mark Paul Gosselaar were among the names hitting the sand and sea at Zuma Beach. This year, Hutchison is one of the celebrities taking part.
In June, she completed the gruelling Big Bear triathlon in the San Bernardino mountains of Southern California.
When she's not training, she's auditioning.
"Anna's having a ball in LA," said her Johnson Laird agent. "She's super busy and has just wrapped a confidential pilot project. It's all hush-hush at the moment, but super exciting."