Following the highly successful release of Netflix's second African original series Blood & Water, Channel24 caught up with Arno Greeff and Dillon Windvogel - the loyal BFFs from Parkhurst College.
Unfortunately, Dillon lost his Zoom connection shortly after the interview started, and we were unable to reconnect - but we continue speaking to Arno about the impact the show has had on viewers globally.
Blood & Water wasted no time topping Netflix and social trends days after its release on 20 May. Set at the fictional high school Parkhurst College, the coming-of-age drama has since been renewed for a second season.
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"Each day waking up to a whole lot of messages, WhatsApps and DMs is overwhelming but exciting at the same time," Dillon tells Channel24, saying he could have never imagined the impact the show has had worldwide.
The same goes for Arno who says the reception of the show exceeded his expectations. "It's been completely surreal. Every time I check my phone, I see that we hit number one in another country, and another, and another…" he laughs.
He adds: "I never thought that I would be part of a show like this, and it's been amazing."
Arno takes on the role of Chris; series lead Fikile "Fiks" Bhele's (Khosi Ngema) best friend. Chris is described as the "bad guy" and is fiercely loyal to his friends, doing whatever he can to protect them, even if it means hurting others.
Arno explains although Chris is the series "bad guy", he is not the typical villain.
He explains: "He is very loyal and will do anything to protect his friends without thinking about the consequences, and that is what gets him into trouble."
According to the 25-year-old, "there is a lot of depth to Chris", which drew him to the character.
Dillon takes on the role of Wade who befriends Puleng Khumalo (Ama Qamata) when she enrolls at Parkhurst College. Loyal, and a little bit goofy - he quickly becomes an integral part of Puleng's investigation into finding out the truth about her sister.
About his character, Dillon tells Channel24 that he and "Wade are very similar".
"I'm very shy, and a bit of an introvert, but once that wall is broken down, I am very similar to Wade. I am exactly as awkward, and I can be very corny. I like to share jokes; even when it's very dry. I get called out by friends a lot," he laughs.
"I'm very loyal and help out where I can, and I'm very committed to my friends and family."
Arno's character is pansexual, but Chris' storyline does not centre around his sexuality. "Everyone can see themselves on screen. Although Chris is open about his sexuality that is not the focus of character."
He said on many other shows LQBTQI characters' main storylines centre around their sexuality.
"You'll see that there is a place for everyone in this story and at this school."
Dillon agrees wholeheartedly the show puts representation and diversity front and centre.
Filming in Cape Town during winter was somewhat challenging, says Arno - especially since a lot of his scenes were filmed outside and in the pool - while it was pouring with rain. But dreary days aside, he says: "I'm so grateful to be part of a show that showcases our country in such a beautiful setting."
Being from Johannesburg, waking up every morning to the sight of Table Mountain was something he looked forward to.
About why people should add Blood & Water to their watch-list, he says: "I think there is so much that can draw you in. It's got mystery, it's got suspense, beautiful people, and a lot of talent. And Cape Town, the location is a character itself."
But be warned, says Arno, if you start streaming tonight, you'll only go to bed in the early hours of the morning - it's totally bingeable!