Gold Dig­gers

New chan­nel, new show, new mine – Mr Gan­gaper­sad and his char­ac­ter Ajay are putting bad guys away on Gold Dig­gers.

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Gold Dig­gers Week­days e.tv (*194) 20:00 “Freeze or I’ll shoot!” Ashish Gan­gaper­sad is en­joy­ing his ac­tion role as CIA agent Ajay, a far cry from his time on Isidingo (1998- cur­rent) as timid IT guy Prada un­til 2014 and his short 2015 stint as lawyer Ar­rod on Scan­dal! (2005- cur­rent). Ajay slinked into town in Gold Dig­gers on Fri­day 24 Fe­bru­ary and “he’s deter­mined to re­veal the truth,” ex­plains 33-year- old Ashish. “And he’ll stop at noth­ing. He’s teamed up with fear­less de­tec­tive Jill [Schelaine Ben­nett] to find the men be­hind the il­le­gal gold dis­tri­bu­tion – and they will get their crim­i­nals.”

How did the Gold Dig­gers role come about? My agent said, “Ajay’s a cop,” and I was sold! I went for the au­di­tion. I only had a week to pre­pare for play­ing him but luck­ily I al­ready had ex­pe­ri­ence han­dling a gun – I played good-guy cop Lloyd [on lo­cal crime drama The Al­liance, 2016- cur­rent]. It’s been great fun be­ing on a soapie again. He’s very dif­fer­ent to the other char­ac­ters you’ve played. Was that dif­fi­cult? It was chal­leng­ing get­ting into his head. He’s got walls of steel and finds it dif­fi­cult to sep­a­rate his work and fam­ily life. Ajay of­ten hides his emo­tions and shuts down, which is dif­fer­ent from Prada, whose emo­tions could be writ­ten all over his face. What drives Ajay? It’s not just that he is good at his job; he’s car­ing and re­spects his col­leagues. He goes over and above for Jill, but that doesn’t mean she’s go­ing to stay out of trouble. Then he will have to save the day again. They seem to be bond­ing, Ajay and Jill… They’re just friends – re­ally [laughs]. Jill doesn’t just trust peo­ple. Her crim­i­nal ex-fi­ancé Zakes [Le­hasa Moloi] broke her heart and she’s scep­ti­cal and thinks that peo­ple are out to be­tray her. Ajay proves to be one of the only good guys on Jill’s side. And what have you en­joyed most on Gold Dig­gers? Shoot­ing on lo­ca­tion! Un­like a set, where most things are fake, we get to play around with nat­u­ral light. And we ac­tu­ally shoot night scenes at night, which is a dif­fer­ent world for me.

Ashish as Isidingo IT guy Prada. Ajay and Jill are hunting il­le­gal gold deal­ers.

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