By Jodi Jantjies
Jacques De Bruin has been cast as a high school head boy in the award-winning South African soapie Arendsvlei.
De Bruin is very chuffed with the opportunity to be cast in such an important show. “To be on set fills me with so much joy, I can't put into words how it feels to have my first ever professional job be Arendsvlei,” he said.
The 22-year-old mentioned how culturally important landing this role has been as his debut appearance in television. “It’s really special to me to be on a show that is loved by my people, a show with a cast consisting mainly of coloured descent.”
De Bruin aspires to work with actors like Gail Mabalane, Jarrid Geduld, Jill Levenberg, Will Smith and Zendaya amongst many others.
The young actor is also involved in several other projects this year, including the annual Zabalaza Festival at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.
On 31 March, De Bruin will take part in a theatrical play called ‘Blou’. On 27 and 30 April, De Bruin can be seen at the Suidoosterfees in a production called “Hastag en ‘Lastag” at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town.
Arendsvlei, which has quickly become a large platform for new talent, makes a point of casting up-and-coming people of colour, and portrays storylines unique to communities of colour and less privileged backgrounds.
This popular TV show airs Monday to Thursday on DStv channel 145, Kyknet & Kie at 8pm.