It's almost time. The much-anticipated Blood & Water season two is still being filmed and the cast members are hard at work.
The original Netflix series featured stars such as Ama Qamata, Khosi Ngema and Gail Mabalane and was such a hit it was renewed for a second season in June last year.
The new episodes promise more excitement and a number of new faces. These include the handsome Leroy Siyafa, who will play Sam. He'll be mixing things up in the Parkhurst after-school scene.
“Being a newcomer in the acting industry with Blood & Water being my first production, it really helped to have sufficient support from directors that understood where I was and who were very willing to help me settle in and get better by the day. The whole experience was absolutely amazing," Leroy tells Drum.
“My greatest experience has been working with an incredible cast and crew, with special mentions to the directors Nosipho Dumisa, Daryne Joshua, Travis Taute and Thati Pele who are not just well experienced but are also extremely skilled and beyond equipped to produce quality work such as Blood & Water,” he says.
This season fans will also be introduced to two new characters – Pauline, played by Katishcka Chanderlal, and Zayd, played by Alzavia Abrahams.
“Acting has been my dream since about 10 years old," Alzavia tells us. "I performed in many church plays growing up and a part of me knew my gift was entertaining audiences.
"I guess society sometimes makes you believe that having a dream to be an actor, singer or dancer is unrealistic but I fully discovered my art during the first few weeks of hard lockdown. It helped me discover myself. It helped me to spend more time with God. It helped me discover that acting is my gift.
"I am thankful to my parents and brother for always believing in my abilities, and thank God for blessing me with these gifts.”
The best thing about being on Blood & Water was meeting her fellow cast members who have turned into friends, she says.
"They are such amazing and talented individuals. It was once just an imagination to be acting among them. From producers, directors, actors, writers to crew members, they are all such amazing individuals, which creates an amazing environment to work in because of the unity,” she adds.
Acting has also been Katishcka's dream, she tell us.
“I’ve wanted to be an actor for as long as I can remember. It was always the only thing I pictured myself doing. Although it was a scary thing to jump into initially, I’m so glad I followed my passion and I’ve grown so much on the journey thus far. It’s mind-blowing I now get to work as an actor for a living,” she says.
“Right now, I’m really looking forward to exploring different kinds of characters and stories and getting access to different parts of myself to find those characters. I’m excited about new challenges and to be involved in more projects that I’m passionate about.
"When the casting announcement was made that I'd be a new character entering season two, I got many incredible messages from people who were happy I was representing Durban, KZN and the South African Indian community on this platform. It has always been a huge focus of mine to be able to contribute to representation in this way and my goal is to continue to contribute to representing people and stories that are underrepresented in the entertainment industry.”
Season one favourites like Khosi Ngema, Ama Qamata, Natasha Thahane, Gail Mabalane, Cindy Mahlangu, Thabang Molaba, Arno Greeff, Mekaila Mathys and Dillon Windvogel will all be returning to the show and the fun that is Parkhurst High.