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Tamika Interviews The Cast of ‘February 14th’


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Here’s something that’s on the circuit right now at “The Artscape” in Cape Town and promises to give you a great night of entertainment.  Jeremeo Le Cordeur brings together a group of actors who present on stage a  tale of what is:

“A love story, more or less”…

Gebruary 14th The Artscape

I go behind-the-scenes with some of the cast of “February 14th” and ask ten simple questions:

1. Why did you choose to do February 14th?

2. What is your role in the play?

3. How far from your character in reality is your character in the show?

4. What has been the biggest challenge for you in this role?

5. What would you say is the overriding message of the show?

6. How long did it take you to rehearse?

7. Do you believe in true love?

8. What was your last theatre role?

9. What’s in the pipeline for you?

10. Where can we find you if we fall in love?

Here’s what they had to say:

De Wet Nagel

De-Wet Nagel as “Andrew”

February 14th is a great story that fuses two things I love in the character I portray – acting and music. My character is the music teacher and I get to play on my guitar. I was approached to do this play because I am a musician as well as an actor. Incidentally, I’m actually also a music teacher and I’ve been teaching drum-kit and electric guitar for nearly ten years now. I currently teach at La Rochelle High School in Paarl. The biggest challenge about this role is to make this character as real as possible and to deal with the situation I’m placed in as someone from my position would. As a method actor one could always see it this way; that I’ve been researching this role for ten years. I know that love is not a word or a specific action but the decisions you make and the actions that follow. Love is a choice. We’ve been rehearsing virtually every day for the last two weeks with a few five to eight-hour run through sessions. It’s quite a process to get the right feel and energy among all of the characters that are being sculpted and to fuse their different stories into one cohesive telling of the same concept and the different forms thereof. Yes, undeniably, unequivocally, yes I believe in love! I believe I’ve found my true love. Recently I cast for the roll of “Fernando” in Cardenio currently showing… other than that I do mainly films and a lot of performing with bands and in pubs as a drummer or guitarist.

Find me on Facebook HERE.

Catch me on Twitter at: @MyDarkestDiary

Luke Tyler

Luke Tyler as “Daniel”

I’d been looking to do some theatre for a while, so when Jeremeo approached me I jumped at the opportunity – I’d heard a lot of great things about his previous shows. There are also a lot of really talented actors in the show so it is a privilege to be able to share the stage with them. I play “Daniel” who is an executive assistant trying hard to make his way up the corporate ladder. In terms of how far the character is from me in reality… well, we’re pretty different, but I can relate to his passion. I’d like to think that I’m as smart as he is, but I think he’d win at chess if we every had to play! Haha! The biggest challenge for me has been understanding the duality of Daniel’s mind… he tends to be a very analytic – ‘black and white’ sort of guy – but struggles with a part of him that is impulsive and tends to land him in a lot of grey areas. To me, the overriding message of the show is to appreciate the love you have and to make every day Valentines Day. Because yesterday is gone and tomorrow is never guaranteed. This being a series of vignettes, every group’s rehearsal times varied but for me it was probably about two months that I took to rehearse.

I absolutely believe in finding true love, but often it comes when you least expect it! My last theatre role was when I played “Barry Balding” in my tenth grade One Act Plays! So its been a while! Haha! It’s been a pretty busy ‘silly season’ for me so I may take a small break after this and then who knows? Maybe some more theatre!

Find me on Facebook HERE.

You can get in touch with me on Twitter at: @luketyler_

Clayton Evertson

Clayton Evertson as “Wayne”

I chose to do this play because I saw it as an opportunity to showcase love in a non-stereotypical way. I play an amateur boxer, called “Wayne”. Wayne is my extreme. My biggest challenge has been understanding Wayne’s thought processes with regards to him overcoming his obstacles and his psychological state of mind. For me the overriding message of this show is that love can be good, bad and unfortunate. I’ve been rehearsing since November 2012. Do I believe in finding true love? Definitely. Theatre saw me last when I played “Judas” in a play written by Peter Krummeck called Judas, betrayer or betrayed? In the pipeline for me right now is my one man play, Forgive the Devil, written by myself and directed by Abduragmaan Adams. It will premiere at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown later this year. 

You can find me on Facebook HERE.

Richard Lothian

Richard Lothian as “Owen”

Being a romantic at heart I was intrigued by the idea of exploring the theme of love. I feel we all have our own version of what love is and I’m excited by the challenge of putting such an individual and universal theme onto stage. Also, I wanted the opportunity to share the stage with so many talented actors. I play “Owen”, an IT guy who is the definition of a hopeless romantic; naïve, innocent and ideological! My character and I share certain traits. If anything, I would say Owen is a younger, more naïve version of me. I am slightly more cynical whereas Owen is hopeful to a fault. Because we have such a big cast, the biggest challenge has been to get all of us into a room together to rehearse. For me the overriding message of the show is that love, whether fleeting or eternal, will shape you as a person. I’ve been rehearsing for about a month. I absolutely agree in finding true love in today’s world, but I think your chances of finding true love are directly affected by how much love you are willing to give. Before February 14th I was involved in a two-hander comedy called Cooked which debut at The Grahamstown National Arts Festival in 2012. After Febuary 14th, I’m involved in a production called An Absolute Turkey at Theatre On The Bay directed by Chris Weare, which also tackles the idea of love. 

Find me on Facebook HERE.

And On Twitter at: @RichardLothian

Jeremeo Le Cordeur

Director Jeremeo Le Cordeur as “Kyle”

Why not do a show focusing on love and all it’s tribulations? It’s never been done on stage. I’m writing, directing, producing and acting. I’m very much like the character “Kyle”  in the show. He represents that naive optimism that all young people have. The biggest challenge for me has been the vulnerability. I’m so used to playing strong characters. This is a first for me. For me, the overriding message of the show is to appreciate the love you have and make sure it’s the love you want and deserve. I’ve been rehearsing since November. I do believe in love in today’s world, and that it hits you when you least expect. My last theatre role was when I played “Neil” in Risk. In the pipeline for me at the moment is still juggling doing ZAnews and then prepping for the Grahamstown Festival. Also, I may have another show up my sleeve! 

Find the show on our Facebook page HERE.

Find us on Twitter at: @February_14th

Ambrose Uren

Ambrose Uren as “Justin”

I chose to do February 14th because I love the theme of the play and the character is fun to play as well. I play “Justin” – a delivery boy who is single and looking to hook up with someone on Valentines Day. The difference between myself and Justin is that he is way more assertive and confident with ladies! He’s cheeky, has no inhibitions and he’s a smooth talker. The biggest challenge for me in this role was getting that confidence to just walk up to a lady and say what’s on your mind. Justin does that with ease. For me, the message of the show is that love is not just for Valentines Day but for every other day as well. I’ve been rehearsing for three months. YES I do believe in true love 🙂 My last theatre role was in a dance production called This Little Light Of MineIn the pipeline for me are some stand-up comedy gigs and I’m writing a show as well. 

You can get me on Facebook HERE.

And on Twitter at: @AmbroseUren.

Justin & Nadia

Be sure to catch it at The Artscape until 16 February.

Booking is at The Artscape Box Office and Computicket outlets.

“February 14th” Proudly brought to you by Vulture Productions. 

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South African Interviews

Tamika Interviews Clayton Evertson


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Living in the Mother City and working in the film industry, one knows only too well how short-lived a success in the acting sphere can be… before madly searching for the next “fix”. Every now and then, life churns out a rarity… in this case, an actor who seems to be bathed in a golden hue of luck. Opportunities seem to follow him wherever he goes, and as a result Clayton Evertson is one of the few actors I know who is consistently working. And not just ‘working’, but working in really decent roles that anyone would envy.

We meet up at Loading Bay in Cape Town, ready to order our coffees after a busy morning and start our interview!

Tamika: Where are you from originally?

Clayton: Born & bred in Cape Town!

Tamika: Where did you go to school?

Clayton: Muizenberg High.

Tamika: What did you do after school?

Clayton: I went straight to study acting at the New Africa Theatre Academy. I was there for a year. Then I auditioned for City Varsity for their first ever 3rd year course. Thankfully, I got in! It was a very competitive year and so worth it!

Tamika: What kind of training did you do for acting?

Clayton: That was my primary training and last year I went to New York to the Stella Adler Studio. That was a 10-week course. I learnt more there than everything I’ve ever done combined!

Tamika: Wow! So what would you say it is that you do primarily?

Clayton: I’m a full-time actor. I act for both film and theatre.

Tamika: Sounds awesome! Film wise, name some films you’ve done that were memorable for you. When were they, what what were they about and what was your role?

Clayton: Films I’ve done include The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior, Natalee Holloway, The League of Glory, Holby City, Hominid Erectus, Deathrace 2, Le Capitaine and Zulu. But one that’s really stood out for me was a short film that I did called Agter Die Berge. It was shot in 2009 and is still running on M-Net. I play the lead character “Mo”(short for Moses). It’s the story of a young man who is forced to leave Cape Town and in his time away he discovers who he is, but realizes you can’t run away from your past. It’s directed by Kyle Southgate and I will never forget it!

Tamika: Have you done any commercials? Name some of the best ones! :)

Clayton: Yes I’ve done a lot. The coolest one by far is for Castle Lite… I play the Castle Lite yetti! haha!

Tamika: Have you won any awards?

Clayton: Yes I have. I won “Best Actor” at the Stop Crime Drama Festival in Nyanga in 2005.

Tamika: What is the most recent job you’ve done?

Clayton: I’m busy with Zulu. I play a thug who is high on drugs. I am very proud that the whole of the Zulu cast are South Africans. The only foreigners are the leads Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom.

Tamika: What’s in the pipeline for you at the moment?

Clayton: Zulu, a music video for Auriol Hayes and I’m busy writing a one-man play called Forgive The Devil. It will show at The Grahamstown National Arts Festival in 2013. My director is Abdu Adams.

Tamika: Who is your agent?

Clayton: APM.

Tamika: Do you also model.

Clayton: No!

Tamika: What are your favourite South African films?

Clayton: Die ongelooflike avonture van Hanna Hoekom and Skeem.

Tamika: Where do you party?

Clayton: I don’t party. I just enjoy going out for supper.

Tamika: What’s in the boot of your car right now?

Clayton: Jackets!

Tamika: Do you have siblings?

Clayton: Yes. A sister and a laat lammetjie brother!

Tamika: What does your family do?

Clayton: My dad’s a teacher and my mom doesn’t work anymore.

Tamika: What is your health routine like?

Clayton: I do a lot of skipping at home. I used to go to gym but now I’ve bought all the equipment I need and I just workout at home.

Tamika: Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?

Clayton: I want to be one of the best actors in South Africa. But I don’t just want to do it for the sake of doing it.

Tamika: What’s one interesting thing about you that your followers don’t know?

ClaytonI drink a lot of Monster energy drink!

Tamika: Name a place you love.

Clayton: The Cederburg. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to.

Tamika: Do you do any charity work?

Clayton: I don’t.

Tamika: What do you tell yourself when you walk out of an audition?

Clayton: A couple of cuss words and then I move on! Haha! I read somewhere that when you go for an audition, no one else has that role in that time but you. So that’s what I believe when I’m in there. I give it my all and then try to forget about it – but I’m human and I always think I could have done something differently!

Check him out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/clayton.evertson?fref=ts

South African Interviews

Tamika Interviews Ambrose Uren


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My next interviewee is no stranger to the spotlight. An actor, a comedian, an MC and a dancer, he’s been very involved in South African television and many will also recognize him from his sold-out stand-up stints! Meet Ambrose Uren.

Ambrose and I caught up at Sotano in Seapoint, where we began our interview over a hearty lunch!

Tamika: Where are you from originally?

Ambrose: Cape Town.

Tamika: Where did you go to school?

Ambrose: I was at three high schools! Garlandale High School, Graham College and Muizenberg High.

Tamika: What did you do after school?

Ambrose: There was an option for me to study animation. But after much deliberating, I decided to study acting for film at City Varsity. It was two years and I got my first acting gig after my second year.

Tamika: What kind of training did you do for acting?

Ambrose: That was the only training I did.

Tamika: What would you say it is that you do primarily?

Ambrose: I’m an actor. I like acting for TV. I’ve done two series already; Shooting Stars which was a build up to the Soccer World Cup 2010. That was on Etv a few years back. After that, I got another job in a TV series called Montana. That was around 2009 and it aired on SABC1. It was so well received that we just shot the second season last year. On the show I’m a breakdancer called ‘Denver’ who is part of a breakdancing crew. It’s all about being a dancer and being taken seriously and earning money.

Tamika: Sounds awesome! Film wise, name some films you’ve done that were memorable for you. When were they, what what were they about and what was your role?

Ambrose: Well I just finished shooting a memorable on. It’s called House Party 5. It’s a Warner Brothers film. In it I play an American character; ‘DJ Hard Cap’. I’m a lead role. I had to do accent training which was fantastic. I really enjoyed it. It all worked out pretty well; we shot here in Cape Town at the Cape Town Studios. Then another film I did which stands out in particular is a German film called Diamond Diver. I play a deck boy who mines diamonds from the ocean. It’s a German feature film which shot in Cape Town a while ago.

Tamika: Have you done any commercials? Name some of the best ones! :)

Ambrose: Yes I’ve done a lot. Highlights were Duracell, Coca-Cola, Panasonic and Samsung!

Tamika: Let’s talk about your comedy 🙂

Ambrose: Sure! My stand-up career hasn’t been that long. It started in April this year. I’ve been successful in that I’ve performed with some big names – Kurt Schoonraad and Nik Robinowitz being two of them! I also made the Top 4 of Goodhope FM’s Laughmaster Competition which was held at Jou Ma Se Comedy Club in May this year! That was great!

Tamika: What is the most recent job you’ve done.

Ambrose: House Party 5.

Tamika: What’s in the pipeline for you at the moment?

Ambrose: Next year I’m doing February 14th; a play at The Artscape here in Cape Town. I’ve also got a lot of stand-up planned in the months ahead. Other than that I’m casting for films and commercials! Oh yes, and breakdancing – my number one passion!

Tamika: Who is your agent?

Ambrose: APM.

Tamika: Do you also model.

Ambrose: No!

Tamika: What are your favourite South African films?

Ambrose: A Boy Called Twist and Tsotsi.

Tamika: Where do you party?

Ambrose: I don’t like big fancy venues. I like places like The Waiting Room in Longstreet.

Tamika: What’s in the boot of your car right now?

Ambrose: Argh! It’s like my cupboard at home! It’s completely packed and messy, I’m not even gonna lie!

Tamika: Haha! Do you have siblings?

Ambrose: Yes. Two younger sisters.

Tamika: What does your family do?

Ambrose: They are both priests.

Tamika: What is your health routine like?

Ambrose: My dancing is my training. Every day my crew trains in the Bonteheuwel Community Centre.

Tamika: Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?

Ambrose: I see myself as one of the most successful actors and comedians in South Africa.

Tamika: What’s one interesting thing about you that your followers don’t know?

Ambrose: I like driving around and just being alone. I can be driving to anywhere, I don’t mind. I just like the release.

Tamika: Name a place you love.

Ambrose: That would have to be Reunion Island! It’s gorgeous.

Tamika: Do you do any charity work?

Ambrose: Yes. This year I was part of a blanket giveaway for winter. I supported that. In the future I plan to get more involved in charity organizations.

Tamika: What do you tell yourself when you walk out of an audition?

Ambrose: “I’m hungry!” lol

If you want to follow him on Twitter, he goes by @AmbroseUren

You can also check him out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ambrose.uren?fref=ts

South African Interviews

Tamika Interviews Siv Ngesi


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My next interview is with an actor who can proudly say he has many talents and he’s not afraid to enjoy them, to share them and to use them to spread happiness and positivity to many in South Africa. He’s certainly making a difference, one laugh at a time. You can catch him right now on the big screen starring opposite Rob Van Vuuren in the new South African Comedy, “Copposites“.

In his career to date as an actor, comedian and MC, he’s rubbed shoulders with Morgan Freeman, he’s starred opposite Kiefer Sutherland, he’s performed for Nelson Mandela and he’s toured Asia with “Les Misérables” (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!).

Having appeared in numerous well-known films, TV series and commercials, including as a lead role in SABC’s Khululeka and Mnet’s League of Glory, he also travels around the country as an MC for corporate and private events as well as for motivational speaking. His award-winning one-man comedy show, Dekaf, took the Golden Ovation Award for “Best Comedy” at the 2010 Grahamstown National Arts Festival and has been touring sold-out shows ever since. His latest comedy show, Racecard, has just finished a run at the acclaimed Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.

It received praised reviews admiring the dynamic performer who was named by Mail & Guardian to be among the “Top 200 Young South Africans” in 2011. Among the admirers was Hellen Zille herself, who even tweeted about the show after she watched!

Siv and I caught up at Royale Eatery where we began our interview over one of their delicious burgers!

Tamika: Where are you from originally?

Siv: Cape Town. I was born in Gugulethu, I then moved to Langa and eventually to Pinelands when I was nine. I grew up there and I moved out a few years ago.

Tamika: Where did you go to school?

Siv: Pinelands High.

Tamika: What did you do after school?

Siv: I worked at Kayos Casting for a while and did a lot of work behind the camera – writing briefs, answering phones, working in studio etc. I then traveled around America for a year and a half doing odd jobs. I traveled to New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington and many more places.

Tamika: What kind of training did you do for acting?

Siv: I have no training.

Tamika: What would you say it is that you do primarily?

Siv: I am an actor. Comedy is my waitressing job. I do comedy because it reaches many people, it pays well and it’s instant gratification.

Tamika: Name some films you’ve done that were memorable for you. When were they, what what were they about and what was your role?

Siv: I would have to say Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom was an unforgettable experience for me. It shot this year in Cape Town and Johannesburg. It’s a film about Mandela’s life. I play his lead bodyguard. Then there’s Strikeback, which came to shoot in South Africa for its third season of ten episodes. It’s an American Action | Drama | Thriller TV series about the actions of “Section 20”, a secretive unit of the British Secret Intelligence Service. A team of spies conduct several high risk missions throughout the globe. I play a Zimbabwean CIA agent. That was definitely memorable one for me.

Tamika: What did you enjoy most about playing opposite Kiefer Sutherland and Jon Voight in the movie version of 24?

Siv: I really enjoyed the professionalism of the set. It’s an international production and they give you the respect and freedom on set to do what you want with your character. They believe that “if we cast you, you’re good enough.”

Tamika: Have you done any commercials? Name some of the best ones! 🙂

Siv: Yes I’ve done a lot. Probably the one that stands out is the one I shot for Castle Lite last year. They flew us to London to shoot.

Tamika: How was being on the set of Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman?

Siv: Unbelievable. I didn’t get the bigger roles that I initially auditioned for on account of me simply being too young, but I didn’t care. Just being there, getting that experience and being on a set like that was so so worth it!

Tamika: And how was being on the set of Copposites, out now at Nu Metro?

Siv: Rob and I get along very well, he’s a good friend of mine. As cliché as it sounds, it was a really good time! It was an ego-less set, which is key when you have two strong personalities together on set.

Tamika: You do a great deal of MC work. What jobs stand out for you?

Siv: I do a lot of corporates which stand out. I’m doing a job for Cyril Ramaphosa for his birthday which is coming up. I’ll be doing comedy and MC’ing at that. I’ve done a job recently for The Nelson Mandela Foundation which was fantastic and was a highlight for me. I did comedy and motivational speaking at that. And then a cool one I got a few months ago was for Kulula Airlines. I was actually MC’ing on an aeroplane in the sky! It was to mark the launch of a new plane.

Tamika: You performed for Nelson Mandela at his birthday party in 1996 when you were ten! What did you do exactly, who were you with and what was it like?

Siv: It was awesome! I was touring with Les Misérables at the time and he requested to see me when I was back in South Africa. I wrote a song for him which I sang with my sister 🙂

Tamika: I understand you’re also invited to be a guest speaker at schools? How is that for you; what message do you give to the kids?

Siv: I love doing it. I prefer doing it to comedy. If I could drop comedy I would. I’ve been to schools all over the country; I’ve done Kingswood College in Grahamstown, Rondebosch Boys’ here in Cape Town and many township schools, to name a few. I believe that there’s no point having a talent if you don’t share it. I share life lessons I’ve learnt with the students.

Tamika: You’ve been praised in the New York Post and you’ve even been talked about on the Conan O’Brien Show! What did you think when you heard that?

Siv: I was excited. Conan had watched 24 and he enjoyed my performance.

Tamika: Have you won any awards?

Siv: I won “Best Newcomer” in Les Misérables. I won “Best Comedy Show” at The Grahamstown National Arts Festival and I’ve won a few comedy awards.

Tamika: What is the most recent job you’ve done.

Siv: I just shot a movie as part of the 48-Hour Film Project Competition.

It invites filmmakers from around the world to produce a complete short movie in just two days.

– http://www.48hourfilm.com/

The film will be screened at The Labia Theatre here in Cape Town on November 11th. It’s called Beacon of Hope and it’s about a man who spends his whole life in a lighthouse. He sees a girl one day on the rocks and falls in love with her.

Tamika: What’s in the pipeline for you at the moment?

Siv: I’m doing a national tour of my comedy show Racecard. And then I will be doing a one-man play which Mike van Graan is writing for me. In the meantime I am waiting to hear back from films that I recently auditioned for. There is also a television show I will be shooting next year in the pipeline, but I can’t say any more about that.

Tamika: Who is your agent?

Siv: Samantha Bernhardi in Cape Town and Moonyeenn Lee in Johannesburg.

Tamika: Do you also model.

Siv: No. I would rather die.

Tamika: What are your favourite South African films?

Siv: Otello Burning, e’Lollipop and Skoonheid. 

Tamika: Where do you party?

Siv: I don’t party. I’ve outgrown that. If it’s an event, I’ll go.

Tamika: What’s in the boot of your car right now?

Siv: Posters, flyers, banners, squash rackets, clothing – it’s packed!

Tamika: Do you have siblings?

Siv: Yes, two older sisters and a foster brother.

Tamika: What does your family do?

Siv: My dad passed away when I was young and my mom is a retired school principal. She is now a professional member of the Siv fan club!

Tamika: Haha! And tell me, what is your health routine like?

Siv: I hate gyming. I do it when I need do, that goes for dieting too. I will do them when I have a shoot coming up. For instance, I’m shooting the Marie Claire nude edition in a few weeks.

Tamika: Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?

Siv: Creating a lot of work for myself and others. I want to carry on doing what I love. I want to be the most successful actor South Africa has ever seen. I would have stopped comedy by then. And I would have bought my mom a house and a car.

Tamika: What’s one interesting thing about you that your followers don’t know?

Siv: I’m quite a social loner. I love being with myself as much as I love being with other people.

Tamika: Name a place you love.

Siv: My bedroom.

Tamika: Do you do any charity work?

Siv: Yes. I have a Foundation called Siv Gives Back. I sponsor kids, I donate stuff to the Red Cross Hospital. I also donate my work as charity – 20% of my time is charity. I do a lot of free comedy, MC’ing and acting  (fundraisers, certain events, student film projects and so on) – my philosophy is “why have a talent if you can’t share it?” And one day I’ll change the world.

Tamika: What do you tell yourself when you walk out of an audition?

Siv: “Forget about it.” And also; “If they don’t give you the job then it’s their mistake.”

If you want to follow him on Twitter, he goes by @iamSivN

You can also check him out on Facebook on his official Facebook Page.

South African Interviews

Tamika Interviews Grant Ross


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Arriving at Seapoint’s very cosmopolitan little café, Giovanni’s, I am met with the confident and good-looking smile of local actor and personal trainer, Grant Ross. Fresh from his trip to India for an acting job, the newlywed looks the perfect picture of health, wealth & happiness. We order our cappuccinos and I begin my interview:

Tamika: So we are both from PE! Where did you go to school there?

Grant: Yip, that’s correct! I went to Alex.

Tamika: And when you left school, what did you do? Did you come straight to Cape Town?

Grant: Yes. I studied my degree in Live Performance at AFDA and found myself doing a lot of modelling on the side! Acting is my passion, so after my degree I enrolled in some courses to hone my craft. I did classes through my previous acting agent, Samantha Bernhardi, and I also did Bjorn Steinbach’s course in the Meisner technique. I took his classes for a year.

Tamika: Brilliant! So that was your training for acting?

Grant: Yes.

Tamika: What would you say it is that you do primarily?

Grant: Acting for film. But I love all forms of acting. Currently I’ve been getting a lot of work in creature performing. I’m also a personal trainer at the Virgin Active gym in Greenpoint. I did modelling also for many years but put that on hold. Now I’m slowly getting back into it.

Tamika: What are some of your most memorable roles?

Grant: A Portugese TV series that I did. I played a South African cop. That was shot in 2008 here in Cape Town. It was called Despertar. I also love my ‘creature performing’, which is actually what the job I did up in India entailed. Think ‘Gollum’ in Lord of the Rings! A documentary I was involved in a while back also stands out for me. It was shot in 2007 here in Cape Town. It was called The Sinking of the Lusitania. I played a British TV reporter.

Gollum from Lord of the Rings

Tamika: Have you done any commercials?

Grant: Yes I have. Coca-Cola, Spur, T-Com & Tiger beer stand out.

Tamika: Have you won any awards?

Grant: Yeah sure, at school I was nominated with my colours for drama, at AFDA I was the only actor nominated for the Dean’s list in my 3rd year. I was nominated for ‘Best Supporting actor in a 3rd year film’ whilst only in 2nd year and won the award for best play in 2nd year, where i played 3 characters in a single play. I was also nominated as ‘Best Presenter’ in South Africa for the KTV Yamaha Young Talent Presenter Search a few years back.

Tamika: What’s in the pipeline for you at the moment?

Grant: Well I have the premier in Durban for the Bollywood Film Action Entertainment I was just recently in. I did creature acting in that – I played an Animatronic Gorilla! I’ve also written my own short film as well as been approached to star in 2 other scripts currently under development. And, of course, personal training takes up a lot of my time.

Tamika: Who is your agent?

Grant: Paula Pursch.

Tamika: Do you also model?

Grant: I did model but I realised that I was working more as an actor and therefore wanted to focus more of my time on the one thing that I am more passionate about – acting. I will be looking into it again in the near future.

Tamika: What are your favourite South African films?

Grant: The Gods Must Be Crazy, There’s a Zulu On My Stoep, Mr Bones, Tsotsi, Faith like PotatoesDistrict 9, Invictus.

Tamika: Where do you party, usually?

Grant: To be totally honest, I’m all partied out. I started quite young – having an older brother and sister – so I’ve pretty much done it all and experienced all that nightlife has to offer. Don’t get me wrong though, I love a good jam when I get the chance to. There’s nothing better than to let your hair down and jam to one of Avicci’s tracks – that man is a legend! But I have definitely become somewhat of a chilled out person, so where I used to party hard, I now enjoy watching a great movie, writing scripts, reading a good book and focusing on how I can gain more knowledge to push myself further into reaching my goals. I really enjoy my sleep now hey, I mean seriously! It’s like just thinking of going out jolling after working so hard just doesn’t sit well with me. I know I sound like such a bore…. it’s just, well, time is precious and I’d like to use it wisely. Getting my sleep in gets me prepared for a productive day ahead!

Tamika: What’s in the boot of your car right now?

Grant: oh, um…bags, clothes and training gear. There’s also boxing gloves, skipping ropes and a gear lock – cant be too careful hey 🙂

Tamika: Do you have siblings?

Grant: Yes I do. I have a sister in London and a brother in Cape Town.

Tamika: What does your family do?

Grant: My brother Craig is a sound engineer and my sister works as an assistant for Corporate and Investment Bankers in the UK. My mother is now the underwriting manager of Mutual and Federal in Port Elizabeth. My father, Ronnie Ross, who is not with us anymore was a man of many talents. He was an actor, singer, TV presenter, radio presenter, rally car driver and a business man. Where my mother was an actress, dancer and a singer.

Tamika: What is your health routine like?

Grant: I’m a health fanatic, period. I love exercise and I am very careful with what I eat. I usually train 5 – 7 times per week, this involves weight training and high intense and low intense cardiovascular workouts such as swimming, running, and hiking. I follow a strict eating plan during the week and on weekends I let myself go a little so as to enjoy what life has to offer. I find that a healthy balance is very important in life.

Tamika: Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?

Grant: To be honest, I would love to see myself working consistently in my industry, where I do not have to worry about where the next paycheck is coming from. I would love to be working in my own country as an actor and seeing the industry and culture grow  alot bigger. I would also love to have a family with 2 kids and travel the world giving them what I was not fortunate enough to have as a child.

Tamika: What is something interesting about you that your followers don’t know?

Grant: God is the center of everything in my world. I draw my strength from Him. Also… I’m afraid of the dark and I’ve never eaten a tomato in my life! I love kids and I am addicted to computer games. I built my first computer at 14. I know…GEEK!

Tamika: Haha! Name a place you love.

Grant: I have only ever been to London and India and India takes the cake. It’s amazing to see how different their culture is. The food is out of this world and there is such a variety of dishes. Their film culture is also massive! They are shooting 300 full length features a year, which means that there is so much work for actors that side. Even though they are so poverty stricken, they are a country that is still so happy.

Tamika: Do you do any charity work?

Grant: I serve my community in a leadership position at a church in Sea Point called Life Church. We hold a youth games evening every Friday night for youth between the ages of 14 and 18 years old, where  we open our doors to any youth in the area no matter who it is and no matter how broken they are. We play games such as Xbox, table tennis, snooker and just really connect to build relationships so we are able to to speak into these kids’ lives and set them up on the correct path. Our aim is to keep them on the right track and off of the streets. So many of our youth today are  homeless, or without a father and/or mother. This often causes them to feel unloved… pushing them in the direction of gangs, drugs, alcohol and crime.  Our mission is to show them love and help them to understand that they are worth something and worthy of greater things by empowering them through the Gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

Tamika: What do you tell yourself when you walk out of an audition?

Grant: “You gave it your best, it’s not up to you anymore.” I don’t like to sit and think about it; I move forward and remain positive.

If you want to follow him on Twitter, he goes by @GrantRMross

You can also check him out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grant-RM-Ross/129728607119416

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Tamika Interviews Justin Munitz


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Arriving at Salt Deli in Bantry Bay (a little late I must admit), I’m greeted by the charming smile of my next actor… Justin Munitz.

Actor, model and entrepreneur, he has done loads of commercial work and had his first film debut last year. He’s travelled to Paris, London, Berlin and Milan for modelling and studied acting at New York’s famous William Esper Studio.  Now actively involved in the film industry here in Cape Town, I met up with him to find out a bit more.

Tamika: So where are you from originally?

Justin: Cape Town.

Tamika: Where did you go to school?

Justin: Herzilia High.

Tamika: What did you do after school?

Justin: I studied Marketing and Economics at UCT for two years and then did four years through Unisa. I finished in 2003.

Tamika: What kind of training did you do for acting, if any?

Justin: I actually first got into the scene through a modelling agency. The first ever modelling agency I belonged to was ‘Goodski’ – for extreme sports. That was my first introduction to TV Commercials. That spawned a haphazard modelling career for years, where I changed agencies a couple of times and travelled around Europe! But there came a time when I realised I started booking more commercial work than print work and it was through the commercials that I realised that acting was what I wanted to do. At 29, I attended the Screen Actor’s Studio here in Cape Town for a year. I also did workshops with Bjorn Steinbach. And I took myself to New York to do their Summer Intensive programme at the William Esper Studio. Along with practical experience, those were the places where I honed my acting skills.

Tamika: What would you say it is that you do primarily –acting for theatre or for film?

Justin: I am acting mostly for commercials these days. But of course film and television are what I’m focused on.

Tamika: Name your most recent role – what film was it, when was it and what was your role?

Justin: Ambassador 2, featuring my good friend Siv Ngesi, last year (2011). I played a corrupt businessman involved in illegal ivory poaching. We shot at a game reserve in Pietermaritzburg as well as in Cape Town.

Tamika: Have you done any commercials? If so, what?

Justin: Yes I have. I’ve done mostly car commercials; including for the BMW M3, Opel, Audi and VW. Then there has been for LG here in South Africa and LV Insurance in Europe. And recently there’s been Black Label and Nescafe Gold.

Tamika: What is the most recent you have done?

Justin: A Miller’s commercial.

Tamika: What’s in the pipeline for you at the moment?

Justin: Continuing with castings and auditions for film and television. Aside from that, what keeps me most busy is my photography work. I started a business called “#justshootme” and my main niche at the moment is new born babies and events. I have a Facebook page for my photography where people can go check out my work if they like! My website is hellobaby.blogspot.com. Apart from photographing and editing, I’m also a personal trainer – people come to my studio here in Bantry Bay and I do what is known as “High Intensity Interval Training”.

Tamika: Who is your agent?

Justin: APM since 2010.

Tamika: Do you also model?

Justin: Yes I still do, with Pure Management.

Tamika: What are your favourite South African films?

Justin:  Heel Against The Head, starring Bill Flynn and Paul Slabolepszy.

Tamika: Where do you party, usually?

Justin: Caprice and The Reserve.

Tamika: What’s in the boot of your car right now?

Justin: A sandbag weight to hold down my lighting equipment!

Tamika: Do you have siblings?

Justin: Yes I do; an older brother – the best life coach in South Africa.

Tamika: What is your health routine like?

Justin: Very good. My personal training obviously helps with that.

Tamika: Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?

Justin: In terms of acting, I think the South African industry is in its infancy for film. If it continues at the level it’s going, hopefully in ten years it will have the infrastructure to support my acting goals.

Tamika: What’s one interesting thing about you that your followers don’t know?

Justin: I can be quite shy.

Tamika: Name a place you love.

Justin: Clanwilliam.

Tamika: Do you do any charity work?

Justin: I plan on getting more involved with charity in 2012.

Tamika: What do you tell yourself when you walk out of an audition?

Justin: I keep a journal and write down every casting I go to and how I felt about it.

If you want to follow him on Twitter, he goes by @JustinMunitz.

You can also check him out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/justin.munitz or  #justshootme

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Tamika Interviews Richard Lothian


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Arriving at Newport Market & Deli in Mouille Point, Cape Town, I can’t miss the big smile & exuberant energy from an old friend who is now making waves in the Cape Town film industry. Approachable and friendly, Richard greets me and we waste no time before getting down to blog business 🙂

Tamika: So where are you from originally?

Richard: I’m originally from Natal…. But I’ve lived in every province in South Africa in the last 12 years! Now I find myself here, living near Rafikis….. aww yeah! 😉

Tamika: Ha! Where did you go to school?

Richard: I went to Camps Bay High for a while and ended up matriculating at Boston House College.

Tamika: What did you do after school?

Richard: I spent three months travelling around Europe. Then I came back here and was managing a bar for about a year. It was called ‘Velvet Lounge’. I did that for a while until I decided that I wanted to be an actor.

Tamika: What kind of training did you do for acting? And do you have training for any other skills?

Richard: Well since primary school I was always in every school play! I did 3 years at City Varsity and graduated with a Higher Diploma in Acting in 2006. After that, I focused on Stunt work at “DSS” – Dimensional Stunt School. That was 4 months. I graduated in 2007 and after that I continued drilling myself in martial arts training and honing my skills. I joined a circus school in Mowbray for 6 months and specialised in silks and aerial acrobats. Oh, and the trapeze! At the circus school I trained with a guy named Keith Anderson who all but brought the circus to SA. After that I was employed by Circus Sideshow – my first professional stage production. That was 3 weeks of rehearsals and 1 month at the Artscape.

Tamika: What would you say it is that you do primarily –acting for theatre or for film?

Richard: I was trained in film and I love the medium. It’s very natural and real. But I also love the theatre. I would recommend that any actor gets involved in the theatre at some stage of his career!

Tamika: Name some of your most memorable roles.

Richard: Well, a recent film I did in 2011 stands out for me. It was a re-enactment of Gettysburg, produced by Riddley Scott and directed by Adrian Moat. I had a lead role in that, ‘Lieutenant Colonel Rufus Dawes’. It was shot here in Cape Town near Stellenbosch. Safehouse last year was also a great film to be part of! It wasn’t a big role but it was great to be on set. A play I did in 2009 was also an unforgettable experience – It was The Jungle Book and I played ‘Baloo’. It was at Canal Walk Shopping Centre. Finally, a musical I was in during 2010, called Assassins, was a memorable experience for me. It was a musical by Steven Sondheim and was directed by Fred Abrahamse. I played ‘John Hinkley’ and it was to commemorate the opening of The New Space Theatre here in Cape Town.

Tamika: Have you done any commercials? If so, what?

Richard: Yes I have. A few that come to mind are ones I did for the Homemaker’s Expo, Hi-Q, Miller’s, KFC – where I got slapped in the face repeatedly – and a Weetabix ad where I spent 3 days dressed as a giant peanut!

Tamika: Haha! Have you won any awards?

Richard: Yes I have. I graduated top in my class at City Varsity and won the award for ‘Most Promising Actor’.

Tamika: What is the most recent you have done?

Richard: A Miller’s Commercial.

Tamika: What’s in the pipeline for you at the moment?

Richard: Coming up are 2 theatre productions called Trains. I’ll be playing one of the leads. It’s physical theatre which involves puppetry. They’ll be at Theatre In The District in District Six. Also, a kid’s show is in the pipeline for me. It’s called Cooked and it’s an incredibly fun, messy show! That will be at the Kalk Bay Theatre before we take it to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Other than that, continuing my work as a casting director. I’m mainly at Catalyst Casting these days. I’m between there and Loop Street.

Tamika: Who is your agent?

Richard: APM.

Tamika: Do you also model?

Richard: No.

Tamika: What are your favourite South African films?

Richard: District 9 and Skeem.

Tamika: Where do you party, usually?

Richard: Rafikis!!

Tamika: What’s in the boot of your car right now?

Richard: My surf board and about 12 changes of clothes!

Tamika: Do you have siblings?

Richard: Yes I do; a younger sister.

Tamika: What does your family do?

Richard: My father is an entrepreneur – at the moment he teaches English to French students online. And my mother is involved with the Education Department.

Tamika: What is your health routine like?

Richard: I definitely try and surf at least twice a week. And I also love Parkour – free running. It works well for me with my gymnastics background.

Tamika: Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?

Richard: Having made some kind of an impact or change in the South African film industry. I believe we are part of a generation of young future talent………….. And if I end up being a household name, that’s fine also!

Tamika: What’s one interesting thing about you that your followers don’t know?

Richard: I just about never stop singing.  And I can Beat Box like a demon!

Tamika: Name a place you love.

Richard: A quiet quarry just at the top of Vredehoek where I can go to sit and think.

Tamika: Do you do any charity work?

Richard: Yes. Although nothing through any groups. I used to work with an organisation called ‘Hope’ and quite recently, a group called ‘The Up’ – they are an upliftment group for kids in hospices, mainly. I like spreading hope and smiles.

Tamika: What do you tell yourself when you walk out of an audition?

Richard: To take the lessons from any mistakes I made forward, into the next audition.

Check Richard out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=596170832

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Tamika Interviews Luke Tyler


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Talented Luke Tyler and I meet at the Ferryman’s Tavern, V &A Waterfront.

Originally from Johannesburg, he’s now living in Cape Town and is actively working in the film industry of South Africa.

At only 23, his life is a kaleidescope of action.

He has landed roles in well-known films shot here – including Dredd 3DChronicle and  Sleeper’s Wake – and he’s a familiar face in popular commercials.

He’s had the pleasure of seeing himself in a BBC series aired on Sky1 last year, not to mention the pleasure he’ll get in watching the forthcoming movie he just starred in as a supporting lead opposite Halle Berry!

Flashing me a lovely smile, we sit down and order our coffees before getting started.

Tamika: Where are you from originally?

Luke: Johannesburg. I moved to Cape Town when I was nine and have been here, in Table View, ever since.

Tamika: Where did you go to school?

Luke: Table View High.

Tamika: What did you do after school?

Luke: I took a GAP year. I travelled the States and Canada with a carnival company called “North American Midway Entertainment” (http://www.namidway.com/) for nine months. After that I applied to AFDA to do Screen Acting. I was accepted, but had a change of heart at the last minute and decided to go to the Screen Actors Studio here in Cape Town instead. I did that when I was nineteen for a year and a half. I completed my Advanced Diploma in Screen Acting in 2009. I then started working professionally as an actor for film and television. I’m a screen-trained actor but have had basic theatre training and will be branching out into theatre in late 2012. No promises!

Tamika: Name some of your most memorable roles –when were they, what was the film about and what was your role?

Luke: I started my film career with Dark Tide which was shot here in Cape Town last year (2010). It’s a movie about a shark-cage-diving instructor, played by Halle Berry. She’s a shark whisperer and dives outside the cage with Great whites until a tragic event makes her stop altogether. I play a lead, ‘Luke’, who’s the son of a millionaire and pays her to get back in the water because he wants to dive.  Dredd 3D also stands out for me. That was shot here in Cape Town this year (2011) at the new Cape Town Film Studios (http://tamikadoubell.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/cape-town-film-studios-gives-hollywood-a-run-for-its-money/). It’s a remake of the comic. I play a supporting lead character who’s “in” with the rebel kids; ‘Freel’. That was great fun because we got to do a lot of stunt work – including gun work! It was cool. I also really enjoyed Chronicle. It’s a 20th Century Fox film about three kids who get telekinetic powers. That was also shot this year and I play a bully in the film, named ‘Sean’. Scaredy Kat is another film I did this year which stands out for me. Shot here in Cape Town, it’s a South African horror film about a girl who stays home one night while her friends go to a big Halloween party. I play her boyfriend, ‘Raynor’. Finally, Sleeper’s Wake is another memorable one. It was shot in Durban and Johannesburg this year. It’s based on a book by a South African novelist, Alistair Morgan. It looks at extreme tragedy and the human coping mechanism for dealing with it. I’m part of a family in that, my name is ‘Simon’. My father is played by Deon Lotz; well-known for his role in South Africa’s recent entrant for the Oscars 2012, Skoonheid. Finally, a BBC series I did last year was also very memorable. It’s called The Runaway. It was shot here in early 2010 and it follows the lives of two youths in post-world war England. I play ‘Harry Clark’, a kid in a gang.

Tamika: Have you done any commercials? If so, what?

Luke: Yes I have. Some of the biggest were for Trina Fruit Drink, Go Compare, Old Mutual and Omo.

Tamika: What is the most recent you have done?

Luke:  I’ve been shooting an Algida, a.k.a. Ola ice-cream, commercial for Poland and Hungary.

Tamika: What’s in the pipeline for you at the moment?

Luke:  Hmm… It’s that weird waiting period before my films come out! Haha!

Tamika: Who is your agent?

Luke: APM.

Tamika: Do you also model?

Luke: No.

Tamika: What are your favourite South African films?

Luke: Paljas and District 9.

Tamika: Where do you party, usually?

Luke: Mercury and Assembly, when I’m in Cape Town. Otherwise I love Pakalolo in Blouberg.

Tamika: What’s in the boot of your car right now?

Luke: A 6-pack of water from Rocking the Daisies!

Tamika: Do you have siblings?

Luke: Yes, an older sister.

Tamika: What does your family do?

Luke: My mom’s a home-maker and my dad works for Fast-trims.

Tamika: What is your health routine like?

Luke: I’ve grown up eating very healthily because my dad is a vegetarian. So I eat well by default. But I do binge! And I try to gym at least twice a week!

Tamika: Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?

Luke:  I see myself in a position to be able to choose my roles so that I can tell the stories I want to tell and teach the things I want to teach. I would love to live abroad- anywhere sunny- but Cape Town will always be home. That will never change. Oh, and driving a sports car! That would be nice!

Tamika: Haha! How long are you planning on staying in South Africa? Do you have plans to move to another country?

Luke: Well I’m reticent to make any plans to leave South Africa at the moment.

Tamika: What’s one interesting thing about you that your followers don’t know?

Luke: I live on quotes! I eat quotes for breakfast 🙂

Tamika: Name a place you love.

Luke: My happy place would have to be Big Bay Beach.

Tamika: Do you do any charity work?

Luke: Yes, I’m looking to get involved in the Santa Shoebox Project from this year. It’s a non-profit organization that collects and distributes Christmas gifts to underprivileged children throughout South Africa (http://www.santashoebox.co.za/).

Tamika: What do you tell yourself when you walk out of an audition?

Luke: “What’s next?”

If you want to follow him on Twitter, he goes by @LukeTyler_

You can also check him out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/midway.luke

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Tamika Interviews Francis Chouler


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For this interview, I had the pleasure of meeting the intriguing Francis Chouler.

Originally from Cape Town, he studied at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and has since been actively involved in the theatre and film industries of South Africa.

We meet at the trendy Myatt Cafe & Chocolatier at the V&A Waterfront.

As I munch on my jam scone and as he sips on his mocha, we begin the interview.

Tamika: So we were both at UCT together! What’s your best memory from being a student there?

Francis: I loved the interplay between the academic work and the practical work. It was very enriching. Not everyone enjoys it, but it was one of the biggest reasons why I chose UCT and why I enjoyed it so much. I like to focus on the work of the Classics, such as Shakespeare. UCT was a good platform for me to do so.

Tamika: Where did you go to school?

Francis: Constantia Waldorf School.

Tamika: What did you do after school?

Francis: I went overseas for a year. That was 2006. I went sailing to Spain and around the Mediterranean. I worked for different people who would take me on as a sailor.

Tamika: What kind of training did you do for acting?

Francis: I went to UCT & obtained my B/A in Theatre & Performance. I graduated in 2010. And since then I see every professional job I’ve done as a form of training, because I believe in continuous training.

Tamika: What would you say it is that you do primarily –Acting for theatre or for film?

Francis: I believe in a balance. I have equal achievements in both.

Tamika: Name some of the most memorable films you’ve done; what were they about and what was your role?

Francis: Ok…. The film I did last year (2010) stands out for me. It’s a Bollywood film called Crook: It’s Good to Be Bad. It’s about racial tension in Melbourne, Australia. I was a lead role; I played a ‘bad guy’ named Russell. I shot that up in India. Then there was Judge Dredd shot here in Cape Town this year (2011). It’s the film remake of the comic of the same name called ‘Judge Dredd’. I had a featured part; Judge Guthrie. There was also The Borrowers starring Stephen Fry and Robert Sheehan. It’s about four-inch high “little people” who live under the floorboards. That was filmed here at The Cape Town Film Studios (http://tamikadoubell.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/cape-town-film-studios-gives-hollywood-a-run-for-its-money/) and I played one of the friends of the lead character. That was in July this year. Finally, one of the most memorable to date was the MNET series I shot this year called Crimes Uncovered. It was filmed here in Cape Town and it’s about the abduction and murder of Brett Goldin and Richard Bloom. I played Richard Bloom. Playing a real-life person was an incredible experience for me.

Front page of the Entertainment Section in The Daily News

Tamika: Have you done any commercials? If so, which?

Francis:  Yes I have. Some of the biggest were for Sanlam, Spur, Haribo sweets and Kinder Chocolate.

Tamika: What is the most recent thing you’ve done?

Francis: Well other than the film & commercial work I’ve mentioned, in terms of theatre the most recent was a play called Mary & The Conqueror about Alexander the Great. I played a lead role, Hephaestion. It showed at The Artscape (http://www.artscape.co.za/) this year in October. On the theatre front I’ve recently also done The Taming of the Shrew which was in January this year. It was part of ‘Shakespeare in The Park’ at The Maynardville Open-Air Theatre (http://www.maynardville.co.za).  I played a lead; Lucentio, the young lover.

Final scene of ‘Crook: It’s Good to Be Bad’

Tamika: What’s in the pipeline for you at the moment?

Tamika: A Greek Comedy production called The Birds by Aristophanes. It’ll be in the open air theatre in the Kirstenbosch Gardens in December 2011/January 2012. I will play the chorus leader; the owl.

Tamika: Who is your agent?

Francis: Samantha Bernhardi.

Tamika: Do you also model?

Francis: No.

Tamika: What are your favourite South African films?

Francis: Skeem and Skoonheid.

Tamika: Where do you party, usually?

Francis: I’m not much of a party animal. If I do go out, I enjoy Assembly or DecoDance.

Tamika: What’s in the boot of your car right now?

Francis: Rehearsal clothes and a map.

Tamika: Do you have siblings?

Francis: Yes. Two sisters and a brother.

Tamika: What does your family do?

Francis: My mom works at St John’s Hospice and my dad is a doctor.

Tamika: What is your health routine like?

Francis: I eat healthily. I gym, I cycle and I swim.

On the set of ‘The Borrowers’

Tamika: Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?

Francis: I see myself having a career that moves across countries.

Tamika: What’s one interesting thing about you that your followers don’t know?

Francis: My parents sent me to magic school as an extra-curricular activity during high school. I now perform at Vaudeville monthly – I have an act there.  

Tamika: Name a place you love.

Francis: The sea.

Tamika: Do you do any charity work?

Francis: Yes, I’ve been involved in Reach For A Dream (http://www.reachforadream.org.za/) since 2008. I volunteer there three times a month.

Tamika: What do you tell yourself when you walk out of an audition?

Francis: “Where do I go from here?” …. I also record a voice note of my experience after every audition so I can hear what I felt during it and review myself – what worked, what didn’t. I have voice notes saved on my phone from every single audition I have ever been to.

If you want to follow him on Twitter, he goes by @francischouler

You can also check him out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Francis-Chouler/122715567748303