Jean­nie D

What’s go­ing on in your favourite ac­tress’s head?

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Bub­bly con­ti­nu­ity pre­sen­ter and TV host Jean­nie D (aka Jean­nie De Gou­veia) has been a main­stay on trendy mag­a­zine life­style show Top Billing (1996- cur­rent) for years and while she makes the job look easy, the 30-some­thing reveals that it’s a lot harder than we think and that re-takes al­ways help. “Oh there have been many pinch-your­self moments and laughs [dur­ing film­ing]. I have a mem­ory bank full of them – I sup­pose I’ll have to write a book at some point. With live TV, you just com­pose your­self, cover it up and rec­tify as hon­estly and humbly as pos­si­ble – these things hap­pen.” When she isn’t jet-set­ting around SA and the world or busy with her other work (ra­dio DJing, MCing and be­ing a brand am­bas­sador, among oth­ers), Jean­nie is all about the smallscreen, be­ing on it and in front of it… Who was your first TV crush? Luke Perry – he played Dy­lan McKay in teen drama se­ries Bev­erly Hills 90210 (1990-2000) and is cur­rently play­ing Fred An­drews in drama se­ries Riverdale (2017- cur­rent). What did you do when an adult mo­ment came on while you were watch­ing TV with fam­ily? I froze. I lit­er­ally didn’t move a mus­cle – not even a blink. What prod­uct have you wanted ever since you saw it on TV? The hov­er­boards that Michael J Fox’s char­ac­ter Marty McFly uses in sci-fi movie Back To The Fu­ture 2 (1989).

Whose TV wardrobe do you want? Lady Gaga’s from when she played The Count­ess in sea­son 5 (2015) of hor­ror an­thol­ogy se­ries Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story (2011- cur­rent).

Whose TV house would you love to live in? Ob­vi­ously a cou­ple of the houses we’ve fea­tured on Top Billing…

What shows are you fa­nat­i­cal about now? Epic fan­tasy se­ries Game Of Thrones (2011- cur­rent), his­tor­i­cal drama Vikings (2013- cur­rent) and pe­riod drama The Crown (2016- cur­rent). If you worked be­hind the scenes, what job would you want and why? Cast­ing di­rec­tor be­cause it’s fas­ci­nat­ing to watch tal­ented peo­ple trans­form into their roles with such con­vic­tion… or I’d like to se­lect sound­tracks to films or TV shows. What is one of your favourite plot twists from a show? In Game Of Thrones sea­son 6 episode 2 (2016) when Jon Snow (Kit Har­ing­ton) is brought back to life!

Which char­ac­ter is your favourite hero? Norse war­rior Bjorn Iron­side (Alexan­der Lud­wig) in Vikings. I could just watch him all day. What is your night­mare sce­nario while film­ing? Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a tech­ni­cal fail­ure on the red carpet right be­fore a once-in-a-life­time in­ter­view. With all the re­boots hap­pen­ing, which se­ries would you like to re­boot and be part of? Late celebrity chef and jour­nal­ist An­thony Bour­dain’s travel cook­ing show Parts Un­known (2013-2018). If you could play any char­ac­ter on any show, who would it be and why? Me on my other re­al­ity show Top Travel (2011-2016) – best ever! What show are you bing­ing on cur­rently? I’m still look­ing for a goodie; any rec­om­men­da­tions? What show and episode made you cry most re­cently? Ev­ery sin­gle episode of drama se­ries This Is Us (2016- cur­rent).

Your favourite TV icon is? Talk­show host Oprah Win­frey, chef An­thony Bour­dain and na­ture ex­pert Sir David At­ten­bor­ough. The magic that they cre­ate on­screen is some­thing to be­hold.

What was the first TV show you acted out with friends? An­i­mated se­ries The Flint­stones (1960- cur­rent).

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