Isidingo’s hunky Maurice Paige talks new projects now that Calvin's off to Europe

By admin
16 February 2014

We had a quick catch-up with Maurice Paige about his Isidingo character, Calvin, and his future plans. Calvin was abducted and tortured over a compelling documentary he made.

Isidingo fans are going to have to get used to seeing less of hunky Maurice Paige. His character, Calvin, is going to take a bit of a break after the drama in his life. We caught up with Maurice to find out more.

How do you get into and out of character?

I don’t usually prepare myself too much; I get into character just before the shoot and allow myself to feel the emotions at that moment to make the experience more authentic. And it doesn’t take me that long to get out of character either.

Your character Calvin goes to Europe, does this mean we won’t be seeing you on our screens?

Calvin will go to Europe to a festival to hand over the film he was kidnapped for. He will be away for two months.

Are you working on something else?

Yes, I was in a theatre production called Platform 9. It’s a comedy written by Christo Davids and Theo Jantjies is also in it. It’s the reason why Calvin will be off your screens for two months. I was off working on the production.

Will we be seeing you in any movies local or internationally?

I’m in the movie Winsome, a romantic comedy by writer and director Leli Maki. It’s a Shakespeare love story. The main character uses Shakespearean sonnets translated into Xhosa to get his lady. And the plan is to take the film to the Cannes Film festival and the Durban Film Festival this year. We shoot every weekend because most of us working on the project are from soapies and Leli didn’t want to interrupt our shooting schedules.

In April I will be playing the lead in South Africa’s first dance film called Pop, Lock 'n Roll with director Ziggy Hofmeyr. The film will have international distribution so we’re expecting big things from it. And later on in the year I’m going to be in a movie with Zane Meas, called Father. The movie tackles issues of fatherhood in South Africa.

For how long have you been dancing?

I’ve been a dancer all my life, but I hadn’t danced in nine years before filming Pop, Lock 'n Roll. I started rehearsing last September for the role.

We know you’re a budding musician. Are you still working on your music still?

Yes, I never stopped, I record here and there. I’m actually supposed to be recording a single with Bongani Fassie.  I just haven’t found the time.

Who are you listening to right now?

Kid Ink, you know, I just discovered his music. And of course South African artists, I’m always listening to SA music because I enjoy it very much.

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