Hi, I’m Nadia! A South African who moved herself to New York City on the hope and the dream of interviewing Meryl Streep over lunch in the West Village one day. That lunch has yet to happen but I did give Ms Streep a brownie for afternoon tea, after which she declared me her new best friend, so I’m sure it’s well on its way to being realised…!
I call myself a Professional Name-dropper as a disclaimer of sorts, so as to excuse me when I start talking about what I do, which is interview movie stars about their latest projects. That’s not all I do though. I write and report on entertainment news and stories I think are worth talking about. It’s why my nickname is Miss Ntertainment. I like to talk about entertainment without the E! — that is, no gossip, no did-you-see-how-much-weight-so-and-so-put-on, no K-surnamed family antics.
Born in Benoni, the same little town where South African Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron is from, I’ve been a journalist for almost 2 decades, which makes me sound old, but somedays I feel like I’m only just getting started, what with all the TV, theatre, film, music and art that’s out there.
I’ve interviewed the likes of Oprah, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Jackman, Sarah-Jessica Parker, Joaquin Phoenix and yes, Meryl Streep. I’ve covered the Cannes Film Festival, the Oscars, the Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and San Diego Comic Con, as well as Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Concert in New York, and the Royal Wedding and the Queen’s Jubilee in London, to name a few.
In 2007, I received the Nedbank Arts Journalist of the Year award, and in 2013, I was a finalist in the National Arts Festival/BASA Arts Journalism Awards.
My writing has appeared in the Mail and Guardian, The Times of London, City Press, GQ, Marie Claire and the Sunday Times. I’ve produced and presented TV inserts for The Showbiz Report, V-Entertainment TV and the current affairs show 3rd Degree. For 13 years, I reported regularly for Eyewitness News, a major news network in South Africa, where I created the position of entertainment journalist. When I moved to the US, I found myself covering the US elections, hurricanes, mass shootings and UN gatherings, which has given me a greater sense of the world around me.
When I’m not working, I’m running marathons. I’ve completed 8 so far, with my best time of 3:26:52 achieved during the 2017 Boston Marathon – who knew! As someone who grew up hating running because I was so bad at it, this just proves that old adage that anything in this life is truly possible! I also bring my loves of running and entertainment together in a video series called The Rundown. So I’d like it very much if you come for a run with me – literally or metaphorically!