Loyiso MacDonald is a South African theatre and television actor. He is also my husband and friend. Asaman sits down with him…
What was your favorite story as a child growing up?
The three musketeers. A story filled with adventure, recklessness, courage and action. It’s the perfect ‘boy’ story really
If you could describe the art of acting in one sentence, what would it be?
Acting is fully and unselfishly submersing one’s self into your imagination, in order to serve the telling of a story.
In many interviews you have explained how you quit your day job in order for you to pursue acting. Is there any other career path you would have been willing to follow?
The simple answer is no. It was acting or nothing.
Asaman discusses the influence of men on a younger generation of men. Which male figure influenced who you are today the most?
My father. I learnt a lot through his honest approach to life. He was never shy about the mistakes he had made in life, and I choose to live my life in the same way.
People are more familiar with the chatacters you play, more than who Loyiso really is. Which chatacter can /do you relate to and how?
In a way all of them. I have a unique connection to the characters I play, for many different reasons. Mainly, being an actor or rather playing a character is a very emotional experience, and even though I may not relate to a character’s specific experience, I can relate in some way to the emotion experienced. In other words I can empathize with all the characters I have played.
You got married at what some would consider a young age, any regrets?
No, I have no regrets.
How has married life altered what would typically be your choices in terms of work and your social life?
What social life?
Married life comes with its own new and wonderful experiences, which can only improve how I work and how I approach my work.
Why did you agree to be part of the Asaman campaign?
Asaman is a unique venture, in that it seeks to galvanize men to work together, by sharing experiences and knowledge for the betterment of the community.
I will limit my comments about Loyiso because I am mostly bias for obvious reasons. What I will attest to is his work ethic and his being grounded.
This industry breeds all sorts of personality alterations. Loyiso has remained constant.
Asaman is not a platform for me to share in my heart’s joys, so I will end here.
Photography by Aaron & Hur