THULA’S VINE

Sea­son 1 SABC3 (*193) 19:30 Episode 4

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Pa­tri­cia self­ishly docks the farm work­ers’ pay as she’s up­set about the land claim.

Triple-threat Emmanuel Castis’s year is off to a busy start – he has three roles fill­ing his plate. The 41-year-old plays wom­an­iser Jaco on drama Thula’s Vine (2017-cur­rent), as well as ex-soc­cer star Chris on new e.tv se­ries Bro­ken Vows (2017-cur­rent, see p21). He’s also repris­ing his role as spoilt rich kid Chris on drama se­ries Erf­son­des (2007-cur­rent) later this year. “It’s hec­tic! Get­ting into char­ac­ter takes time and I like to put in ef­fort pre­par­ing for my roles. I wouldn’t change it for any­thing,” he says.

What makes Jaco a change from your usual char­ac­ters? He’s some­thing else… [Laughs]. Jaco is an over­am­bi­tious chef who dreams of be­ing well-known in his com­mu­nity. He thinks that he de­serves ev­ery­thing he wants just be­cause he helped his wife Pa­tri­cia (Si­van Raphaely) run a suc­cess­ful restau­rant at their farm. A farm set­ting isn’t your usual fare ei­ther… [Laughs] I love find­ing my way through my char­ac­ter’s head. Work­ing here [the West­ern Cape wine­farm where the 13-episode show was shot] was ex­cit­ing and fresh com­pared to what I’ve done in the past – soaps. I’ve learnt new skills and every crew is dif­fer­ent, so you get to work with dif­fer­ent tal­ents and that can only en­hance your own ca­reer. Where do you find the time for your three shows? I have a sup­port­ive fam­ily and girl­friend Shar­lene – they un­der­stand that my job is crazy. I don’t mind the pres­sure that comes with act­ing, but I try keep a bal­ance in my life with the peo­ple I love and do­ing what I love. Does that leave time for any­thing else? It does, ac­tu­ally. I’m ei­ther at re­hearsals with my band Dal­lians – we per­form cov­ers – or I’m out of town, fly fish­ing and re­lax­ing in a far-away bush – that’s my thing [Laughs].

Jaco’s wife Pa­tri­cia (Si­van Raphaely).

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