5 Minutes with Simoné Nortmann

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05 June 2014

There's nothing like a fresh face to bring new energy to one of old favourite soapies -- which is why 7de Laan actress Simoné Nortmann is up for the Favourite Newcomer YOU Spectacular Award! YOU spent a few minutes getting to know the bubbly 23-year-old.

There's nothing like a fresh face to bring new energy to one of old favourite soapies -- which is why 7 de Laan actress Simoné Nortmann is up for the Favourite Newcomer YOU Spectacular Award! YOU spent a few minutes getting to know the bubbly 23-year-old.

What sparked your interest in acting?

There were so many factors. I guess being an only child leaves you with an incredible curiosity and imagination, so during childhood I always used to create characters and stories and talk to myself whilst playing outside. I was also born with an abundance of emotion, so when I realized that it could be channelled into the art of performance it brought a huge sense of fulfilment; as well as witnessing the effect that stories had on people.

What is your most memorable performance?

I played the character of Liesl von Trapp in Wellington Production House's The Sound of Music in 2011, and it was an incredible experience. It is hard to forget the liberation, satisfaction and adrenaline that one experiences on a musical theatre stage.

How hard is it to cry on set? What method do you use to make you cry during crying scenes?

Crying on set is a very intimidating and daunting idea, but in practice it isn't as challenging as it may seem. Once you put yourself in the character's shoes and try to envision what she must be going through, the tears usually come naturally. It isn't supposed to be about the tears anyway, just be honest and seek the emotions behind the tears. If push comes to shove I do however have a "Nadia playlist" on my phone with some sad songs (thank you, Adele) to sometimes get me in the mood before emotional scenes. Don't tell anyone.

What do you have in common with your character on 7de Laan, Nadia?

I love Nadia! She is compassionate and forgiving, which are two things I can relate with. But she is also not afraid to speak her mind and (with love) correct people, which is something I am challenged with. She loves family and in spite of his flaws, her father is her ultimate hero. The biggest commonality is that we both give our hearts away too easily, and then later on sit with the consequences of our ingenuousness and impulsivity.

Simoné in full Nadia attire. PHOTO: Provided. Simoné in full Nadia attire. PHOTO: Provided. What is your most embarrassing moment on the set? Ugh. I had this extremely awkward kissing scene on the couch with Dewald (Kaz McFadden) and I wore a short dress. When Dewald tackled me and started kissing me the floor manager stopped the scene and asked wardrobe for some stockings. My entire dress lifted up, revealing my beautiful beige fat pants. And since there are screens all over set, everyone saw it. Which local actress do you look up to and why? I am very much inspired by actress, Terry Pheto (lead actress in Tsotsi). Knowing that she has starred in an Oscar winning film, but grew up in a shack in Soweto gives me so much hope. She has graduated from New York Film Academy (a huge dream of mine) and also got a role in The bold and the Beautiful. I am inspired by strong go-getter women who have their feet firm on the ground and who aren't afraid to make themselves vulnerable. Which show currently has you glued to your TV screen? I only recently moved into a new flat with two friends, and we don't really own any furniture, yet. It sounds so cliché to say that I don't have time to watch television, but it isn't really a priority of mine. I try to prioritize relationships and I'd much rather read than watch TV. If we were to open your fridge at this very moment, what would we find?

Leftover soup that my mom made me. A box of Woolies grapes. And probably some kind of meal in tupperware that I have forgotten about. Which movie makes you cry each time you watch it and why? I am a sucker for good ol' mushy The Notebook. I think it evokes so much emotion from women in general because it represents the kind of unconditional love every woman longs for. I also cry everytime I get to look at Ryan Gosling. Because he is Ryan Gosling. Besides reading your script, what else are you reading at the moment? The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey. Which actor would you not mind sharing an onscreen kiss with? 

Probably Ryan Gosling. But I will probably ruin any future prospects of marriage for us (a girl must dream) if we have to kiss on-screen. I'm abnormally awkward. But I will settle for a coffee date. Or even a side-hug.

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