Kate Vosloo's grandson and a character you'll love to hate, we meet the new Suidooster cast members

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Phillip Schnetler in Suidooster.
Phillip Schnetler in Suidooster.
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  • Two new characters are joining the cast of kykNET's popular soapie Suidooster.
  • Phillip Schnetler the breakout star from the hit South African production Priscilla Queen of the Desert will play Francois Vosloo.
  • Nathan Castle, a castaway from Survivor SA season 7 will play Samson.

The southeaster will be blowing in two new cast members on kykNET's popular soapie, Suidooster.

Phillip Schnetler, the breakout star from the hit South African production Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Nathan Castle from Survivor SA season 7, will soon be making their appearances in Ruiterbosch.

And as if the AB and Moena drama isn't enough, their characters Francois and Samson are about to stir things up.

Philip Schnetler is Francios Vosloo.
Phillip Schnetler is Francois Vosloo.
Nathan Castle is Samson.
Nathan Castle is Samson.

In this Q&A, we find out more about their characters, what brings them to the close-knit community an if the audience will love or hate them.

Can you tell us about your characters and how they find their way to Ruiterbosch?

Phillip: I play a 19-year-old guy, Francois Vosloo, who just finished matric and is on a journey of discovery.  He is from Pretoria and decides to visit his grandmother (Kate Vosloo, played by Annelisa Weiland) who lives in Ruiterbosch.

Nathan: My character had something of his go missing, which leads him to Ruiterbosch. He is completely new to the story and doesn't have any existing ties to any characters.

Without giving away too much, can you reveal a bit about your storylines?

Phillip: Francois comes into Ruiterbosh as the apple of his grandmother's eye. She would do anything for him. His journey is a crazy one. He tries his luck with the girls, and he is a wild-at-heart kind of guy. He is always keen for a party and makes a lot of friends and enemies along the way. He tries to prove to his grandma that he is able to look after himself and take care of himself, but most of all, he tries to prove it to himself. Sometimes money is an issue, so he gets up to a bit of trouble trying to get cash in his hands. He even gets a job, thanks to his grandma.

Nathan: I can't say much without giving things away, just that my character is not happy that his property has been taken from him, and he wants it back.

Francios is the apple of his granny Kate's eye.
Francois is the apple of his granny Kate's eye.

Suidooster fans are very vocal on social media; how do you think viewers will react and receive your character?

Phillip: I do think they will develop a liking to him, but he does cause some chaos in town, so they are going to be quite angry at him for playing with the hearts and feelings of so many beloved characters. The viewers will have a hard time forgiving him for what he does. I do believe he leaves on a very genuine heartfelt note. Hopefully, they believe his intentions are pure at the end.

Nathan: If I did my job properly, I might be the character people would love to hate. He is an intense character that should hopefully cause a stir.

You're making your soapie debut; was there anything particularly challenging for you about the role?

Phillip: It has been such an incredibly humbling experience. I got to work with some of South Africa's most prestigious actors and actresses. I had to pinch myself some mornings driving to the studio, to make sure it's real. The hardest thing for me was trying to keep a youthful internal energy. Many people don't know, but I am 30 years old, so playing a 19-year-old, that was very challenging for me. People tend to think that soap actors have it easy, but in actual fact, it's one of the hardest mediums of acting I have ever experienced.

Nathan: My role in Suidooster was a challenging one in more than one way. For starters, it was my first time acting in front of multiple cameras which I've been told is a skill in itself. I also had to learn Afrikaans for the role which was challenging and quite humorous for my friends and family who know how English speaking I am. The character itself was one I enjoyed playing because it's so far from my personality. I've become intrigued by playing characters where I do not recognise myself; that way, I know I'm challenging myself as an actor.

Samson has a score to settle with someone in Ruite
Samson has a score to settle with someone in Ruiterbosch.

What has the experience been like working on Suidooster?

Phillip:  I had the best time I could have ever hoped for. Being my first time on a soap, I had such incredible people helping me along the way and helping me find my feet around the studio. The directors were the most incredibly calm and respectful people I have ever worked with. They were so willing to help me with the medium of shooting with multiple cameras—a special shoutout to our phenomenal AD Jess for always being calm and collected. I had a jol working on Suidooster.

Nathan: The experience was incredible. From the crew to the cast, to the directors and producers, it felt like I was working with a family. It makes your life so much easier as an actor when the people you work with create an environment that's comfortable and forgiving. I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.


Suidooster airs Mondays to Fridays at 18:30 on kykNET (DStv 144) and kykNET & Kie (DStv 145).

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