Amrain Ismail-Essop, plays the role of Saluni in TheWhaleCaller
How did you prepare for such a complex character? I experienced a devastating heartbreak just weeks before auditioning. I was able to tap into that raw pain – a pain we all experience at some point in our lives. So in preparing for the role, I opened myself up to all the wounds and allowed it to flow through. What about Saluni speaks to you? I adore Saluni; I love her passion and her insane moments of inhibition. Yet I was drawn to her so magnetically because of her girlish vulnerability and the struggle she goes through living with it. She’s an immensely complex character, and I loved that. What was it like working with the director Zola Maseko and actor Sello Maake Ka-Ncube? Zola is deeply introspective and understands the sensitivity of the piece. Sello is graceful and calm. Both were deeply committed to the project. The schedule was gruelling; however with the team we had, we made a beautiful film. Other than acting, what are you passionate about? My daughter. I was blessed with her and she is my passion. I love tennis and nature; I spend weekends on the court, by the sea or on the mountain.