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Prompt Chat: High Roller’s Actress, Mayuri Naidu.

Known for her role as the loquacious, quirky and somewhat neurotic Dhanny on the Sabc 3 drama series High Rollers. Prompt Side got to chat to the star to find out more.

Thank you for taking the time to speak with us Prompt Side Entertainment! Tell us a little more about yourself.

My name is Mayuri. I am 31 years old and I originally come from Durban, South Africa. I love reading, writing, dancing and pretty much anything creative (including cooking when I am not being a lazy bum). I also love red wine but not in a drink it by yourself kind of way. I love food , so a good meal, great company and a glass of red is up there for ideal days.

When did the love for acting begin and did you get the support you needed at the time?

I don’t remember when I developed a love for acting, just that it has always been there. There is a decade between my sisters and I, and my parents worked, so in my formative years I grew up watching Thoroughly Modern Millie, Grease, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music and Fiddler on the Roof. Something just resonated deep within me, and I knew I HAD to do this for all the rest of my days. Thank God I had the family I did, who have done nothing but encourage and support (even during the times when there was not much to support!) I am even more blessed that I now have a fiancé who is as supportive as they are.

You have appeared on numerous theatre shows in around Durban. How has the transition from stage to television been?

It’s two different sets of skills with a similar foundation, so I have been lucky in both stage and television that I have worked with amazing actors and directors who have really taught me so much. It’s a constant learning curve, and I love that.

What is it like to work on High Rollers, with such a stellar cast?

I was so incredibly nervous the first day on set, as the calibre of people I am working with is really phenomenal. And it sounds so cliché, but they are truly the most giving, talented and humble people I have been on set with. These are people who have, despite the odds, made successes of their careers both here and abroad. And the best part is I consider a lot of them friends.

How did you get the gig?

I auditioned for the first season and the producers remembered me and asked me to audition again which I did and then Bob’s your uncle!

Tell us a bit more about the character you play Dhananpriya, and are there any similarities between you and her?

Dhanny and I are very similar- neurotic, slightly paranoid, talk a WHOLE lot, ambitious and (I would like to think) kind and sometimes kinda funny.

Now that you’ve made it to daytime television, what does that mean for your theatre career?

I have never seen TV as the end of my theatre career…I can’t wait to do another theatre piece as soon as I find the time and also something that really touches my spirit. I have done a lot of comedy in my theatre life, but as an actor I am looking to grow and see what else I can do that challenges me.

What’s next for you professionally?

Professionally I have a few things lined up this year, as well as getting a small role in Generations, I have other opportunities that you will see pop up when the time is right 😉mayuri

Any favourite actors or role models?

There are so many actors that inspire but it’s the same traits that run through all of them that I admire- those that believed in themselves no matter what, took huge risks that sometimes paid off and sometimes didn’t, and chose roles that challenged them and didn’t do it for the fame or social media attention but because it really spoke to them. (Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Daniel Day Lewis, Denzel Washington ) those kinda people. And Lupita Nyongo cos she is talented, but also bloody lucky!!

Would you recommend acting to young enthusiasts who are considering a career in the entertainment industry? Why?

I am sure they know it’s not an easy industry to get into, and if you do get into it, it’s not an easy industry to STAY in. So of course you have to follow your heart, but don’t put all your eggs into one basket. Keep yourself busy (and not depressed), by doing other things, although you can still be creating. If it’s writing, producing or directing, or even if it’s not in the field but still creative, like interior design or animation…This is so important to keep your spirit fulfilled. Work hard, but also know if it is meant to be nothing can stop it. And also along the way you might discover a passion for something else you never knew existed. Life is about balance so you have to make sure your personal and professional lives are fulfilled. Only then can you be happy.

What is your motto in life?

“Love All, Serve All” Shri Sathya Sai Baba 🙂

Find Mayuri on social media:
Twitter: @mayurinaidu
Instagram: @Maynaidu1

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