Chit chat: Class Act winner Sdumo Mtshali

2010-06-25 09:10

I’ve always ... wanted to do film, which is why I entered Class Act. I knew that at some point I wanted to move from theatre ­into film. Having studied speech and drama in Durban, I wanted to try another avenue.

My first impressions of Class Act ... I initially thought it was some Idols competition and ­really didn’t get the concept.

I first began  acting ... by doing theatre at the age of 11 and my first play was Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

John Kani ... is one of my ­favourite performers to watch and has definitely influenced my decision to follow a career in theatre.

Basketball ... is my thing. I played the sport in the 1990s in the UK and loved it very much. However, acting is my first love.

Taking time off ... is partying hard with my friends at some club or just hanging with friends at home enjoying my PlayStation.

My girlfriend ... is supportive of me winning the competition. I must admit, it’s going to be hard when I start travelling, but she understands.

Home Alone ... is the first movie I remember watching. Macaulay Culkin became my hero because he can make people laugh and cry at the same time.

I realised ... I might actually win this competition when there were three of us left. I started looking at Facebook and realised I stood a good chance.

The first time I met my ­competitors ... we naturally sized each other up. I was ­intimidated by a few of the guys – including Greg and Denzel – but I tried not to let it affect my game ­because I knew I needed to ­focus in ­order to get ahead.

Class Act was among the top 10 shows on SABC1 ... because it was pretty honest and that ­resonated so well with the ­audience. People love watching dreamers. That’s why reality shows are successful in South Africa. People want to see others putting themselves out there to succeed.

The judges ... really tested the contestants of Class Act. It was a colourful ­experience and I ­enjoyed the challenges.

Going to New York ... I’m really looking forward to learning as much as I can in the Big Apple. I am going to be put through my paces to become a better ­performer like Vusi Kunene or Fana Mokoena. I want to keep growing and ­learning.

One day ... I would love to teach university students about acting, but only when I become the best in the industry.

I support ... Bafana Bafana through and through, and ­internationally I am putting my ­money on the Azzuri (Italy) to take the World Cup again.

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