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Marie Claire (South Africa) - - @PLAY -

Tell us about your char­ac­ter in High Rollers. Jakes Xaba mys­te­ri­ously shows up at Kings Casino, where no one knows any­thing about him, ex­cept that he’s a whale (some­one who gambles big money). To pre­pare for the role, I had to un­der­stand the ba­sics of gam­bling, from play­ing roulette and black­jack to the ter­mi­nol­ogy and psy­chol­ogy be­hind the idea of win­ning. I spent many hours at Mon­te­casino! How does act­ing in a TV se­ries com­pare to movies? Film-mak­ing is the ul­ti­mate per­for­mance dream for me, but I love play­ing a char­ac­ter in a se­ries, such as my role in the soap opera Gen­er­a­tions. It gave me a chance to es­cape my own char­ac­ter and step into spend so much time por­tray­ing an­other per­son­al­ity. This has been a big year for you. Things are work­ing out well af­ter a trau­matic start to the year – in Jan­uary, I woke up in hospi­tal af­ter be­ing hit by a car while jog­ging. I’m lucky that I get to do what I love in my ca­reer. I’ve been in the en­ter­tain­ment industry for 15 years, and I’m still grate­ful every day. Watch­ing my two-year-old son grow­ing up and be­ing with my wife, Le­sego, also bring me joy. High Rollers is on SABC3 on Mon­days, Tues­days and Wed­nes­days at 7.30pm @mokoe­nalive

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