Top 3 TV shows of all time:
MacGyver, National Geographic - how boring is that?! - and you know, the old Magnum PI’s. I’m very much an ‘80’s child. MacGyver and Magnum - they were just really cool guys. Shows nowadays don’t grasp me like they used to. Maybe I was more impressionable then as well.
Fave TV theme tune of all time:
Your take on the remake coming out soon:
I’m a little worried - generally when they do that they don’t make the show as well as they used to.
Which do you choose? Boxers or briefs?
Summer or winter?
I like both.
Japan or France?
Japan - the women are sexier and the technology's better.
Fame or bucks?
Left or right-hand side of the bed?
Depends if you’re lying on your back or your stomach. If I’m lying on my back, I’m lying on the right-hand side and if I’m lying on my tummy I’m lying on the left-hand side.
Truth or dare?
The most daredevil thing you’ve ever done:
What haven’t I done?? I shouldn’t say this out loud but I rode from one city to another in half the time it should take - on a motorbike.
News or sport?
Your most memorable acting scene ever.
The first scene I did with Bianca on Isidingo many, many moons ago. It essentially changed my career. You’d never seen an inter-racial relationship on TV before and after that white fathers trusted me with their daughters.
There was immediate chemistry between actors – generally you work very hard as actors to create that chemistry but it was there the moment we walked on set.
Your best fictional character from any movie, book or show:
Lestat - the vampire Lestat from Inteview With The Vampire Chronicles. He lives life and does it. They tell him: “You can’t stand in the sun,” and he does it.
Your hangout spots:
It used to be the track, a lot - I’ve only recently discovered there’s more to do than being a moto-head.
Ferrari or who?
Team: Ferrari. Driver: Hamilton.
Hamilton is talent - he’s basically taken a car that hasn’t been spectacular - Mclaren's okay but not spectacular - and he’s done very, very well. If he were to drive Ferrari when they’re on their toes I think he’d be untouchable.
I’m looking for new places to hang out. I’ve just started playing rugby again and it’s quite a thing.
You can’t have a favourite because it changes every hour. Right this hour I’m listening to Thandiswe and I’m enjoying a lot. I’m feeling very, very Xhosa today and she’s capturing that very well for me.
A possession you don’t have that you seriously want:
Other than money? ... I don't know ... Oh! ...
... no - I don’t really want it. I was going to say a guitar but no, I’m happy with the world.
Actually ... a Formula 1 car.
No no - I don’t want that. What I really, really want is a 1098 : the new Ducati.
What’s on your bedside table?
A lamp and six books. One of them’s 'Live, Love, Pray' - my wife put it there, I think she hopes I’ll read it.
If you were an animal, what would you be?
A leopard. A loner, strong, can stand his ground but fights only the fights he needs to.
Your best thing about playing Derek on Isidingo?
To play a lead on a soapie on South Africa, it’s the pinnacle – you’re in a very good position. It’s a sad state of affairs actually *laughs*. It was my first job when I finished ‘varsity - I remember going to my first meeting for a cast reading and the PR person was there and said: “We’re going to make you big.”
I was like, “What? I’ve come out of ‘varsity, I’m wet behind the ears, I don’t know my head from my toe, “ and she said, “Don’t worry about it - we’re going to make you huge,” and she did.
Soap is some of the best training ground for honing your skill - especially on a soap where they care about performance and skill and the writing’s way above average.
The best thing about playing Jacob on The Cross?
Wearing a suit every day that you don’t have to pay for. He’s slick and there’s a bunch of people who ensure he remains slick - I wish I could take them home with me.
Also, I like what it stands for - I like the idea of a Pan-African show - especially now in an age where if you’re Zimbabwean and I’m South African it’s okay to burn each others houses. I think a show like that and more shows like that are necessary so it’s nice to be part of something like this now.