Words from The Wild

2011-04-05 09:01
M-Net's new soapie, The Wild, launched in Johannesburg this week.

The show, which is shot entirely on location, is set on a fictional game lodge called Dinaledi. The plot revolves around three families - the Tladis, the Lebones and the Van Reenens.

Add a love triangle, a spot of illegal poaching and rooted family ties to the mix and you've got one dramatic show.

Some think it's not particularly a soapie, but more of a drama series. You'll have to watch it to decide for yourself.

We chatted to a few of the actors about their new job.

Shona Ferguson - Itumeleng Tladi
On working with his wife Connie Ferguson: "It's the best thing ever."

Gail Nkoane - Lelo Sidibe
On changing to long hair for the show: "They wanted Lelo to be fashionable, and well Connie already has short hair."

Nathaniel Ramabulana - Khumo Lebone
On similarities between Nathaniel the actor and Khumo the character: "Nothing whatsoever. First of all I don't dress like that! They pay me to wear that kind of thing!" [Note: In the show Khumo wears a garish, shiny gold suit to an event.]

Milan Murray - Kate van Reenen
On the nature of the show: "I wouldn't really call it a soapie, but we'll let the public decide. Local soaps still have a way to go in terms of production, but we do things no one else will do."

Faye Peters - Bernie Cupido
Faye's character, Bernie, has a catchphrase: "I don't do..." In real life Faye doesn't do combs or sequins.

James Alexander - Tristan van Reenen
On seeing the show for thie first time: "My hair looks great!"

Tyrone Keogh - Jack van Reenen
On his 'Blue Steel" look: "No, that's all Ty. Jack will undress you with his eyes!"

The Wild airs on M-Net (DStv channel 101) Mondays to Thursdays at 18:00.


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