ACTOR . SINGER . VOICE OVER ARTIST . OCCASIONAL MODEL & sometimes WRITER
Where are you from?
I am from a tiny town nestled in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, South Africa. Most South Africans have never even heard of it.
How long have you been acting?
Honestly, since I could speak. I would memorise commercials and songs from TV shows and perform them for just about anybody. I've always loved entertaining people and making them laugh.
Er, okay... how long have you been acting professionally?
Since 2003. So, going on 12 years. I studied Drama at Natal Tech, now Durban University of Technology. And then went on to work for AREPP, an educational theatre company based in Johannesburg. We toured around South Africa doing life-skills shows at schools in English, Afrikaans and Zulu. Our team was selected to perform at festivals in England and Holland.
I've also performed in a bilingual play about women's rights in Taiwan.
So, you speak a couple of languages then?
I think all South Africans speak "a couple" of languages. I speak English, Urdu, Afrikaans, Zulu, Brasilian Portuguese, some Arabic and a small amount of Chinese. I've lived in Brasil, Dubai and Taiwan and that's where I picked up the latter three respectively. Now, I live in New York and am learning to speak American. haha
Do you find that the languages help with your acting?
I think so. The languages, the travel, all the moments and choices that have brought me to where I am right now. I would like to think that I give each character I portray more depth when I draw from my own life.
And the different languages have helped me master lots of accents and dialects, so that helps! :)
How are you liking acting in New York City?
It is insanely challenging, but oh! so rewarding. If you can make it here, you can definitely make it anywhere...
Theatre or film? What's your preference?
I love the stage. The immediacy, the intimacy, the interaction with the audience. But I am learning to love the camera too. It's nice to be working in New York, where you can do both.
What's your "type"?
I try to be versatile and can play whatever character I need to. I used to think that I was girl-next-door material, but recently I have been getting cast as businesswomen and powerful CEOs and I am not complaining!
What's the craziest line you've ever had to deliver?
Favourite James Bond?
Pierce Brosnan, without a doubt.
Who are your role models?
I'd have to say Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela are my top two! They both had a hand in making the life I live today possible. I don't think I would have been able to follow my dreams of acting or traveling had it not been for their respective struggles against racism and apartheid.
Which one would win in a fight?
That wouldn't actually be a fair fight. Mandela was much bigger than Gandhi and he used to be a boxer. No disrespect, but I think Gandhi and Archbishop Desmond Tutu would be a better match. Though I think they'd all prefer to sit and chat over a cup of tea instead. The world needs more tea drinkers...