Jay jumps back into soaps

Jay An­stey is ready for a Scan­dal! now that she’s joined the pop­u­lar e.tv soapie.

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Jay An­stey’s clear about it: she’s left her Isidingo (1998-cur­rent) char­ac­ter Char­lie Holmes in the past af­ter the role was re­cast with­out Jay’s knowl­edge in Novem­ber 2013. Noww she’s prov­ing that noth­ingg gets her down by tak­ing on an ex­cit­ing new role on e.tv’s Scan­dal! (2005-cur­rent). Having started film­ing in late July, we caught up with Jay to find out more about her scan­dalous new role ahead of her first ap­pear­ance on Mon­day 11 Septem­ber.

How did you end up on Scan­dal!? I heard ru­mours about a new char­ac­ter be­ing cast, but no one had asked me to au­di­tion. A few weeks later, they did an­other cast­ing and be­grudg­ingly asked me to at­tend. They didn’t want any­one who’d been on an­other soapie be­fore but fig­ured they’d give it a shot. I got the call af­ter my au­di­tion; they ob­vi­ously changed their minds, so here I am. Tell us more about your char­ac­ter. Her name is Katie Els­don. She’s a univer­sity stu­dent who’s study­ing teach­ing. She’s ac­tu­ally a lot like Char­lie in some ways, always putting her foot into it but with a good heart and good in­ten­tions. Who’ll she be in con­tact with in the Scan­dal!-verse? She’ll be in­volved with the Nge­mas – Zinzile (Gcina Nkosi), Mlungisi (Pa­trick Mo­fo­keng), Scelo (Mbulelo Ndzazil­wane) and Lindiwe (Nomvelo Makhanya). There’s a lot of in­tense drama that set­tles into the strangest hu­man bonds. You’re also work­ing along­side your dad Nor­man An­stey (Joe). What’s that like? My dad and I are the best of friefriends. We don’t talk about work. When we’re on set, we sit with tea and talk about the world, pol­i­tics, spir­i­tu­al­ity… WhWhat’s it like on the Scan­dal! set com­pared to Isidingo? Wow! Scan­dal!’s ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble. I keep re­fer­ring to it as the 5-star ver­sion of soaps. It’s in­cred­i­bly pro­fes­sional and, at the same time, eveev­ery­one has such a sense of fun. So what else have you been up to since your dra­matic exit from Isidingo? I’ve been fo­cus­ing on broad­en­ing my knowl­edge of the in­dus­try and I started my pro­duc­tion com­pany, RA Pro­duc­tions. And what has fan re­ac­tion been like af­ter you left Isidingo be­hind? Ev­ery­one has been ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble. They keep beg­ging me to come back and I still get called Char­lie all the time. Do you miss Char­lie? Of course I miss her. She was such a great part of my life and I loved play­ing her ev­ery day. But now it’s time to say good­bye to her and make way for Katie. You re­cently posed for a photo with Michaella Rus­sell (Isidingo’s new Char­lie). Do you two get along? I met Michaella for the first time the other day and she’s such a sweet girl. We share a huge pas­sion for an­i­mal rights, so we had lots to talk about! NB! See what’s hap­pen­ing on Scan­dal! on p36.

New chan­nel, new soap and a new look – yes, that’s Jay An­stey un­der those blonde locks.

Looks like Jay’s al­ready deep in the drama in this scene.

Jay par­ty­ing with singer Ta­mara Dey (cen­tre) and her Isidingo re­place

ment Michaella Rus­sell (right).

Nor­man An­stey as daddy Joe.

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