Soap On A Rope

Sea­son 1 SABC3 (*193) 19:30 Com­edy

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Me­lanie Du Bois is no stranger to the smallscreen, but play­ing make-up artist Zee on com­edy Soap On A Rope (2017cur­rent) is a change of pace for the 42year-old, who played fash­ion de­signer and busi­ness­woman Felic­ity on 7de Laan (2000-cur­rent) un­til mid-2016. Gone are the trendy out­fits, re­placed by a far more re­laxed, toned-down ap­pear­ance.

Zee is po­lar op­po­sites from Felic­ity… I was tired of play­ing the goody-two shoes and I wanted to step into a new char­ac­ter, which is why Zee was per­fect. She’s re­fresh­ing to play and I was given so much creative free­dom to make the char­ac­ter as in­ter­est­ing as pos­si­ble. How did you pre­pare for your new role? Zee is the make-up artist on Hard Copy [the soap on show-within-a-show Soap On A Rope] and I had to spend a lot of time in the make-up room learn­ing tech­niques and tricks. Make-up artists are a big part of every film crew – they bring char­ac­ters to life with their vi­sion. What was your re­ac­tion to film­ing 13 episodes in 13 days? [Laughs] At first I didn’t think that it was pos­si­ble but ev­ery­thing moved along swiftly. The di­rec­tors were sup­port­ive and gave guid­ance through­out film­ing. It was fun, with pres­sure. There are a lot of peo­ple in the show from other soaps. That must’ve been in­ter­est­ing? For a big en­sem­ble cast, ev­ery­one got along and there weren’t di­vas or clash­ing egos. It was hum­ble and that’s why I’d do it again in an in­stant. Apart from en­ter­tain­ment, what else are you work­ing on? I’m work­ing on a busi­ness out­side the in­dus­try and we’re in the process of get­ting the nec­es­sary li­cens­ing, so I can’t say too much at this stage. What I can say is that it’s in buy­ing and sell­ing.

Me­lanie in her 7de Laan days.

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