Chit Chat: Tyrone Keogh

2012-01-28 14:47

HIS role in The Wild as Jack van Reenen portrays him as a bad boy who sleeps with his cousin’s wife, yet a brave heart against rhino poaching. But Tyrone Keogh (29) says he is not as bad as his character in his quick chat with Gabisile Ndebele.

First things first. I have to tell you how hot you are.
Wow! Thank you. I don’t really know what to say when people tell me this, but I think “thank you” is the right response.

Who is Tyrone?
I am an actor now, but before soapies I was the guy who worked behind the scenes as a decorator, painter, props man and art director while in Cape Town.

That was all I knew and did until the end of 2010, when I decided to tell my agent I wanted to raise my TV profile.

My agent got me an audition on The Wild. I got the job. I have since moved to Joburg.

Where does your love of acting come from?
I think I have always wanted to do it. I just never really got into it from the start. I was greatly influenced by my father, Danny Keogh, who is an actor. He has won many accolades and has acted in many shows.

Watching my father as a kid was inspirational. I was also influenced by my mother, who is a film producer. I worked on her sets from the age of 21. Before I knew it, I was into it.

What acting did you do before The Wild?
I was in small theatrical productions, but nothing worth mentioning. I was in the HBO series Generation Kill and did other small roles, but I was always the behind-the-scenes guy.

I have directed several commercials.

I must say it is more fun behind the scenes.

You acted in Blood Diamond. What was that like?
Those who have watched Blood Diamond would know that most of my scenes landed up on the cutting-room floor. Of all the lines I had, I landed up with one.

Why did you decide to try out for a soapie role?
It was all about getting my name out there and giving myself more exposure on the acting scene.

I think acting in The Wild has given me more than that. It has made me a more spontaneous actor and I have learned more about myself as an actor from the constant repetition of soapie life.

How different is it working on soapies versus movies?
In a soapie you never know the character arc – where is he going and where will he end up?

In a movie, you’re acting while knowing how the movie will end. Movies are predetermined, shorter and instant. Soapies can go on for a long time.

I signed my contract to be on The Wild for 2012, but who’s to say Jack will be around until then.

Jack sleeps with his cousin’s wife. Are you anything like Jack?
No, not at all! Jack is Jack and I am far removed from him.

I could never be that much of a snake and steal someone’s wife; be they the wife of my cousin, friend or anyone for that matter.

Are you single, in a relationship or married?
I reserve my comment on that one (laughs).

Does that mean ladies can send in their CVs?
OK, no. I am actually in a relationship.

How do you keep your body looking so good?
I do train hard. I train about four to five times a week.

I cycle, swim, run and, when I am in Cape Town, surf. I also eat healthy. I don’t put any junk into my system and if I do it is very little.

If you came to my house and opened my fridge, you would think it was the vegetable section of a Woolies shop.

You’ve been nominated for Cosmo’s Sexiest Man. Do you think you stand a chance?
I don’t know, hey. It’s very hard to tell with so much competition.

All the guys are attractive, have great bodies and I am sure women would love to take them home. It’s just hard to tell if people will like me better than all the other guys.

What else is Tyrone doing now?
At the moment, my focus is on The Wild, but I have big aspirations for my career. I am looking into making a move overseas to try out for bigger projects that have better budgets.

But if I get jobs here, they will work for my profile. If that happens, I will definitely stay.

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