meet the local drama’s stars!
Vuzu Amp’s first local drama series ayeye is set in the high-stakes world of advertising.
Season 1 Mondays (from 19 January) Vuzu AMP 21:00
it might not be mad men (2007-current), but new drama series ayeye also takes place in an advertising agency. but there are differences: ayeye is 100% local drama, it’s set in modern-day joburg and centres around three pals and roommates jk, lebo and neo. the trio share a loft apartment in the heart of joburg’s maboneng precinct and work for a hotshot sandton ad agency. over the next 12 weeks, we’ll get to see what makes these ad execs tick as they try to juggle their work and personal lives. before that though, let’s get to know the mad main men a bit better…
played by thapelo mokoena tell us about jk. he’s the creative director and the head of the trio. he has a thorough conviction of where they’re going careerwise and on a social level. he’s from a rich family and he works at his dad’s ad agency with his friends neo and lebo. jk’s also a ladies’ man, a go-getter and a dreamer. so have you played anyone like him before? absolutely not. he’s a driven young man with a zest for life, but the alcohol and drug aspect of it is something new. they see him through the brightest of days and the darkest of the nights. he has a clear picture of who he is and where he’s going. he’s a balance of the other two guys and is slightly more serious. what’s the best part about playing him? there are a lot of similarities between the two of us. he is where i was two years ago, so i relate to his journey. he’s a young man about to become the best or the worst version of himself.
played by sthembiso “sk” khoza how’s the transition from vuzu presenter to actor been? it’s been awesome. it’s tricky though, once you start doing other things when you’ve already established yourself. people start to wonder if it’s talent or star power that’s getting you roles. so how did you get the part? i auditioned 17 times for this role and it’s my first lead role, so i’m glad it’s a relatable character. both neo and i are dads, but he’s a player, which i’m not. what attracted me to the character is that there’s more to him than just the fun side. who is neo and what makes him tick? he’s the creative photographer and the fun party guy who always knows what’s hot on the social scene. but he’s not always the freak people make him out to be because of his parental responsibilities and taking care of his grandmother. plus, he’s always half-naked [laughs]. i really don’t mind having my shirt off all the time. viewers are going to relate to him because they either want to be him or already are him. i think they’re going to like him the most of the three lead characters.
played by mpho “popps” modikoane you’re a comedian – does that reflect in lebo? yes! he’s a copywriter by trade but an undiscovered comedian behind the scenes, like i was before i was pushed into the limelight by my sister. lebo’s a geeky guy from a small family who’s quirky, shy and has elements of comedy in him. he’s quickwitted, creative and is a good friend. and he’s funny without even trying. do you relate to him? fully, because lebo was me a couple of years ago. for me to be here, i had to be pushed and it took a lot for me to do stand-up. lebo’s talented, but his conservative, staunchly christian parents have kept him on the straight and narrow life path, so he holds back when people say that he’s funny. why did you decide to audition for the role? bomb productions is the hbo of south africa, so just auditioning for them is awesome. i used to be a copywriter with stagefright and i’m geeky, so i was like “this is me!” neo isn’t a party guy, he’s unlucky in love and he’s broke. but at least he’s good at his job.
Jacaranda “Jk” (thapelo mokoena)
neo (sthembiso khoza)
lebo (mpho modikoane)