Cape Town - Channel24, South Africa’s largest entertainment news website, caught up with an array of A-list stars in 2018.
From rubbing shoulders with Eddie Redmayne and Ezra Miller in London, to having a casual chat with Michael B Jordan in our own backyard.
Our journos also got to call Boney M’s Liz Mitchell to chat about their SA show as well as had the opportunity to have an inspiring chat with Lucy Liu in Rome.
In no particular order, here are our top 15 international a-list interviews of 2018:
1. Richard Madden
Scottish actor Richard Madden, best known for his role as Robb Stark in the HBO television series Game of Thrones, opens up to Herman Eloff about his brooding role in the hit TV show Bodyguard.
2. Julia Stone
Julia Stone, one half of Australian folk and indie band, Angus & Julia Stone, shares everything from why they decided to tour SA and falling in love with Rooibos tea, to how they wrote the standout track, Chateau.
3. Dakota Fanning
In a sit-down interview, stars of The Alienist – Dakota Fanning (Sarah Howard), Luke Evans (John Moore) and Daniel Brühl (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler) – talk about their tight off-screen relationship, filming in Budapest and dealing with the Netflix show’s dark themes.
4. Lucy Liu
In a South African exclusive Lucy Liu reveals the secret recipe behind the success of Marvel’s Luke Cage, of which she directed the first episode of the second season.
5. Liz Mitchell
Boney M returns to South Africa for what will be the most perfectly timed international concert to hit SA shores when they give audiences a taste of their famous Christmas CD on 23 and 24 December. In a telephone interview with Alex Isaacs, Liz Mitchell touches on the band’s return to SA and how she got involved with the iconic music group.
6. Rufus Sewell and Alexa Davalos
Man in the High Castle stars Rufus Sewell and Alexa Davalos tell us why the third season of the dystopian series is unlike any other.
7. Miles Teller
During a quick phone call with Hollywood star, Miles Teller, we get the scoop on war drama, Thank You for Your Service, as well as some details about his recent trip to South Africa.
8. Bobby Brown
To promote the release of the new two-part miniseries based on his life, The Bobby Brown Story, Bobby Brown speaks to Leandra Engelbrecht about why it was important for him to share his story.
9. Eddie Redmayne
During a press junket in London for the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Bronwyn McKay sat across actors Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston to find out more about their character development in the magical sequel.
10. Ezra Miller
Ezra Miller went to extreme lengths when preparing for his role as Credence in the Fantastic Beasts sequel. He shares with us the story of how he stole from a restaurant to get into character.
11. Stephen Moyer and Natalie Alyn Lind
Stars of Marvel’s family adventure series, The Gifted, Stephen Moyer and Natalie Alyn Lind gush over Cape Town and the new season of their hit show.
12. Tyler Henry
Hollywood’s medium, Tyler Henry, shares how things have changed two years, three seasons and over 173 readings later.
13. Michael B Jordan
Creed II star Michael B Jordan, along with his co-star Florian Munteanu and film director Steven Caple Jr, travelled to South Africa to promote the highly anticipated sequel in the boxing movie franchise. Nikita Coetzee caught up with the trio in Johannesburg to get the inside scoop.
14. Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira
It was one of the most anticipated movies of 2018 and it totally delivered. Ahead of its worldwide release on 16 February, we caught up with Black Panther stars Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira in Johannesburg to chat about the pressures of working on such a huge film
15. Brian McFadden
South Africa is one of former Westlife member Brian McFadden’s favourite countries to visit. In a friendly telephone interview, he reveals to us exactly why he keeps coming back.
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