New Zealand High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Appleton Embraces 'Diplomat' Persona, Likens Himself to 'Kate Wyler‘

September 18, 2023

New Zealand's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Michael Appleton, recently embraced his inner "Kate Wyler." No, he hasn't been secretly appointed as a Netflix character, but he did indulge in a playful Twitter challenge called "Post a picture of yourself and the character you are in your head."

For this delightful online escapade, Appleton decided to share a side of himself that channels the spirit of Kate Wyler, the main character from the hit Netflix series, "Diplomat." Kate Wyler, portrayed by the talented Keri Russell, is a seasoned U.S. diplomat known for her behind-the-scenes work in some of the world's most tumultuous regions, all in the name of making the world a better place.

Wyler's next mission was set to be in Kabul, but an unexpected twist threw her into the limelight as she's appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom. This shift in her career brings forth a whole new set of challenges and a dash of unfamiliarity as she navigates a more formal and attention-grabbing role.

Appleton's playful comparison to Kate Wyler certainly adds a whimsical touch to his diplomatic endeavors, showing that even diplomats enjoy a little Netflix-inspired fun now and then. It's a delightful reminder that sometimes, a touch of fictional inspiration can make the world of diplomacy even more intriguing.