Local boy on your telly

2018-03-07 06:02

HOME-GROWN talent Joshua Dukwah, has burst onto the television scene landing the role of class bully, Jason on Mzansi’s favourite drama Generations.

Born and bred in Pietermaritzburg, Dukwah, a full-time banker at Standard Bank in Johannesburg and now an actor, told Maritzburg Fever in an exclusive interview just how he landed the role, what it was like to be on television and more.

“It’s a dream ... To work with and be friends with the people that I grew up watching on television all seems unreal. I mean these are the same people that I used to idolise and now I’m having lunch with them on the Generations set,” said Dukwah.

He said he was given only 10 minutes to revise a script and enact it in front of the casting directors and that he wasn’t really too confident that he would get the part.

“I didn’t think I would get it to be honest but after two weeks I got a call saying Generations had created a character for me in the show,” said Dukwah.

So far Dukwah has shot close to 30 episodes but says that he still has trouble with seeing himself on television.

“It feels a bit weird to see yourself and knowing that others are watching you as well. When my first episode aired I didn’t watch because it felt scary and awkward,” said Dukwah.

Although he isn’t a household name just yet, Dukwah said that sometimes random people stop him on the road and jokingly say that he is a mean person because of the character he plays.

“All the attention that I’ve been receiving is nothing compared to making my mum and dad proud,” said Dukwah.

He went on to say that one of his proudest moments was when the domestic worker who helped in raising him cried when she saw him on television for the first time.

Dukwah said that though it looks very glamorous, the work that he has to put in to manage his day job and acting can become complicated.

“At the end of the week after working during the day and then also having to shoot my scenes in the morning or at night, I am so tired that when the weekend comes I just want to stay indoors and catch up on some well-needed sleep,” said Dukwah.

He said that balancing his time was a struggle but that his hard work was paying off, a point that his father Sunjeev Dukwah stressed to him growing up.

Not content with just being an actor, Dukwah said that he plans to use Generations as a stepping stone in the entertainment industry with dreams of being a stand-up comedian, writer, presenter and producer.

“I have dreams to be out there in the world, I don’t want to stop here.”

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