DO get to know Loyiso Macdonald
This charming leading man chose the arts over the corporate world. Aren’t you glad he made the switch?
Few careers go in a straight line, and this was certainly the case for Loyiso Macdonald, who began his adult life working in a call centre and then as a bank data capturer. Fortunately, for his many fans, it wasn’t long before he’d abandoned a life of admin to pursue his love of drama at Durban’s Creative Arts College in 2006.
It turned out to be the perfect decision, as his first performance in the play Tata machance led to roles that ranged from contemporary comedy to Shakespearean tragedies, and he spent four years lighting up theatres in Kwazulu-natal.
A move to Joburg – and onto the small screen – was inevitable and in 2011 he landed his breakout role as Ntando Sibeko in Isidingo. Then came Intersexions, Zabalaza and now, his part as Kagiso in The Queen. Contrary to his TV persona – a conflicted young man who has taken over his family’s drug business – the 30-year-old star is a quiet guy who enjoys reading, music and the outdoors. Let’s find out more. Your favourite actor? Gary Oldman. I first saw him in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and I was blown away by his performance. Your favourite movie? I’ve watched the masterpiece Seven Samurai more times than I can remember! And then there are the five Hollywood adaptations, including The Magnificent Seven. Describe your style? Unpredictable. I can be comfortable in sneakers and sweats, or look like I just stepped out of a James Bond film. Who is your style hero? Model David Gandy is pure class. Your favourite city? Joburg is where dreams can come true – with patience and determination. What do you love about theatre? No two performances are the same What do you love about the screen? Screen acting is challenging as there is nowhere to hide. But that’s why I love it – you get to learn and test your abilities. Your fantasy destination? The Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape. It’s surely one of our country’s most beautiful places. The best career advice you’ve received? When I was a young and inexperienced performer, the late actordirector Garth Anderson taught me the value of curiosity. I still ask lots of questions; it’s part of enjoying my work. Any hidden talents? I may be able to hold a note or two! Who is your WCW? Fitness model Jade Cargill. For gym motivation because she has an amazing body!