If you don’t know who she is yet, I believe you will soon. Amalia is, in my humble opinion, one of South Africa’s most talented young actresses. Her maturity, depth, empathy and intelligence makes her a great dramatic actress, but she is also blessed with a fantastic sense of humour and perfect comic timing. She played San-Mari van Graan in 7de Laan for almost 7 years, but has returned her attention this past year to her love for theatre. Recently she has also made her debut in an Afikaans movie, starred in various music videos, did some presenting, is the face of Francois Jewellers, and the list goes on and on. The future looks bright for this gorgeous, talented young lady! But above all of this, she is my cousin and I love her to bits. In my heart of hearts she is the sister I never had.
We’ve been talking about doing a shoot together for almost three years, but only got the chance this July when she was in Cape Town for 10 days doing a play. After going back and forth a bit, we finally decided to do a shoot in the city, with a bit of a “fashion feel” to it. At first we were going to use a stylist and make-up artist but decided to keep it simple. Amalia put together three amazing outfits just from what she had in her luggage for the week! (What I would give for a sense of fashion like that…!) On the morning of the shoot I asked Sherri, a friend who is a great hair-dresser, to come along and I am SO grateful that she could make it! She did a fantastic job with her hair, adding that extra finishing touch to complete each look. She also lend a hand with the make-up. Sherri, thank you so very much! From there, we basically just had fun! This was the first shoot I did with someone who is actually used to being in front of the camera and who knows a thing or two about posing. It was at the same time wonderful and a bit daunting! But as soon as I got into it, I loved it. Every minute of it. Each time she got out of the very luxurious changing room (also known as my car!) I would just say – “for this I want a GUESS ad look, and for that, give me something 5th Avenue, NY” and she would bring it!
Amalia, I cannot thank you enough for taking the time and fitting this into your busy schedule. It was a wonderful opportunity for me and I learned a lot from you. But most of all I appreciated all the extra time we got to spend together whilst planning and doing this shoot. In the end it just felt like a fun girl’s day out, playing dress-up and taking pictures. And the burgers at The Royal Eatery was the perfect way to end a perfect day. Hope we can do this again soon!