Aspiring actor and rising star Ashkelon Megnath lands new role in the highly acclaimed Durban production Imbewu: The Seed. Prompt Side caught up with him to find out more!
Hey Ashkelon, thanks for chatting to us at Prompt Side. Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and what you do?
Hey guys!! I’m 34 years old I work in the family business and I act part time
You’ve recently joined the cast of Imbewu: The Seed. When did you get the role and how did it all happen?
Got the role in early March my agent called me about the audition I went in and here I am as the character of Jitu.
What got you into acting and when did the love for it begin?
I got into acting to boost my self-confidence but ever since I was a little kid watching movies like Rocky thinking I’d love to be like that.
Can you tell us a little more on the character you will play ?
I play Jitu he’s an Oxford graduate and comes from a wealthy family. He’s quite confident in himself even a little conceited given his privileged background.
What would you say has been the highlight of your career thus far?
Getting this role has been a biggest highlight of my career, It feels amazing to be a part of something as big as this series.
What do you do in your spare time?
I’m a single dad so I love spending time with my 2 year old son. I absolutely adore him. I also enjoy watching movies and series.
What are your views on opportunities for new acting talent in SA currently?
With the launch of this new series there’s plenty of opportunities for new acting talent I’ve noticed the industry has grown rapidly in the past few years. Now is a great time to be involved.
What keeps you motivated?
My son is my main motivation and now with this new role I want to work harder and grow my career.
Who would you say is your biggest role model and why?
Christian Bale his work ethic is second to none which is why he’s such a brilliant actor.
If you could choose an actor to work with, who would it be? Why?
It’s tie between Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger they take acting to another level.
What else are you working on? What can we expect from you in the future?
Currently I’m working on an independent movie called dear Jasmine. My future plans are to land more roles and be alot more involved in the film industry.
If you won R 5 million tomorrow, what would be the first thing you would do?
The first thing is do is buy a 1967 ford mustang GT 500 the one from gone is 60 seconds. It’s my favourite car of all time and I’d invest the rest.
Any words of wisdom for aspiring actors out there?
I’m still learning and growing as an actor but what I can say is focus on your passion, be prepared to hear no ALOT have a professional and positive attitude a high level work ethic but most importantly is to stay humble.
Tune in to Imbewu: The Seed weekdays at 9.30 pm only on Etv and look out for Ashkelon as he takes on the role of Jitu, acting alongside Jailoshni Naidoo and Mishka Gounden.
“One side of the Bhengu family has been keeping a secret from the other for many years, with treachery and tumult never more than a step away.
Brothers Ngcolosi and Phakade are both honourable men, but one will feel betrayed when he learns of a deep secret that could leave a stain on the legacy he hopes to leave for his four children.
The potential fallout is certain to provoke controversial questions about values and legacies, relevant to all South African cultures.
The world of Imbewu: The Seed is a reflection of the unique interaction between rural and urban lifestyles in South Africa.
It will also showcase the struggles and conflicts between home and corporate settings and the emotional tension created by the economic gap between the haves and the have-nots”.
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Thembi Mtshali-Jones as MaNdlovu
Mpumelelo Bhulose as Ngcolosi
Rafael Griffiths as Zithulele
Fundiswa Zwane as KaMandosela
Nqobile Ndlovu as Kanyo
Xolani Mfeka as Nganono
Sandile Dlamini as Phakade
Nokwanda Khuzwayo as Futhi