On top of his game
Award-winning actor Warren Masemola leads a quiet life but his talent is the talk of town
WHEN SABC1's Tjovitjo hit our small screens, it was without a doubt that lead actor, Warren Masemola (34), was set to deliver yet another stellar performance. With a commanding stage presence and undeniable charm, Warren is always a perfect fit in his roles.
NOT INTO CELEBRITY CULTURE
He views himself as an artist and doesn’t put much energy into the extras that come with fame.
“I don’t know fame. I only see people celebrating me and my work. I continue to live my life the way I’ve always lived,” he tells Move!.
Unlike many people in the spotlight, Warren has managed to keep his personal life out of the glaring eye of the public. Nonetheless, he has confirmed that he has a stable girlfriend.
“I want to get married and have 10 kids.”
Growing up in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, Warren could have never imagined that he would one day be a celebrated actor. He was diagnosed with Alopecia, a condition that left him bald.
“Not having hair used to be an issue when I was younger, but I have gotten over it,” he told a magazine.
ART INSPIRES REAL LIFE
Despite his convincing portrayal of an over the top gay character in Ses'Top La, he revealed in a TV interview that he was once homophobic to a point where he was even kicked out of school at the Market Theatre Laboratory because of his intolerance. “I think I was just not informed. Growing up in Pretoria, I was very ignorant. Although we had Amon, who was gay and was making amagwinya (fat cakes), I think it was embedded at the back of my head that “gay” is not something we associate with,” he explained in the interview.
However, he realised he has to do some introspection and speak to both homophobic and homosexual people to understand and rehabilitate himself.
A VERSATILE TALENT
Warren has played many characters in his career, but his star is at its brightest in his role as MaFred in Tjovitjo. For his role in Tjovitjo, he has to balance being a thug with being a dancer, something that his training in contemporary dance helps with.
“Being able to switch between different characters has a lot to do with tapping into different rhythms, something I am able to do with ease because of my background in dance.”
He adds that taking on roles that challenge him helps to sharpen his skills. Unlike his squeaky clean image, his characters are often troubled and dangerous.
THE WORLD IS HIS OYSTER
When he is not working on his stage and TV productions, he is travelling.
“I love travelling and do it every chance I get. My last big memorable trip was Paris in 2012. I love languages and believe the best way to learn them is through travelling,” he revealed, adding that the travel bug bit him just after he graduated from the Market Theatre Laboratory.
“After graduating I worked in theatre and did European theatre which required intensive travelling between 2006 and 2008,” he says.
I ONLY SEE PEOPLE CELEBRATING ME AND MY WORK