In December 2010, as an eager young South African journalist, I moved myself to New York City on the hope and the dream of interviewing Meryl Streep over lunch in the West Village one day. Soon after, I had the chance to sit down with the 3-time Oscar-winner, although it wasn’t over lunch, but afternoon brownies were involved. Even better. Tommy Lee Jones was there too, but Meryl did utter the words “new best friend” to me, so you could say, mission accomplished!
I call myself a “Professional Name-dropper” as a disclaimer of sorts, because I spend a lot of time in the company of celebrities, mostly interviewing movie stars and musicians about their latest projects. I was given the nickname Miss Ntertainment by an ex-boyfriend-turned-dear-friend (another story, for another site) because I like to talk about entertainment — the good kind. The kind that likes to geek out on how a song was made, where a movie was shot, who inspired an artist. Basically, entertainment without the E! (*insert cheeky wink here*) More importantly, entertainment that has the ability to inspire, to encourage, to inform and to educate. Arts, culture, music, movies and theatre that moves us.
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, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Jackman, Sarah-Jessica Parker, Joaquin Phoenix and yes, Meryl Streep. I cover the Cannes Film Festival, the Oscars, the Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and San Diego Comic Con, and have covered one-off memorable events, like Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Concert in New York and the Royal Wedding (both Prince William’s and Prince Harry’s) 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 Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Deadline, Glamour, CNN, 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 created yet another role for myself — that of US Correspondent, covering the US elections, hurricanes, mass shootings and UN gatherings, which has given me a greater sense and understanding of the world around me (though, sometimes, I don’t think I’ll ever understand human beings).
When I’m not working, I’m running marathons and talking as much as I can about running. I’ve completed 9 so far, with my best time of 3:26:25 achieved during the 2019 Berlin Marathon – who knew! As someone who grew up hating running, this just proves that old adage that anything in this life is truly possible!
I have found a way to bring my love of running and entertainment together in a video series called The Rundown. I’d like it very much if you come for a run with me – literally or metaphorically!