Family, The Force Driving Rodelio Lewis

Exclusive: Aside from starring as the character ‘Adrien’ in the upcoming web series ‘Untitled’, Rodelio Lewis also stars in the upcoming feature film ‘Land of the Brave.’

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The NFTA-winning actor, describes his family as a reality show waiting to happen. The Lewis-family loves creating skits and doing impersonations, the actor says.

Rodelio, who is a full-time actor says performing runs in his blood. His first acting experience dates back to his Kindergarten years when and I starred in ‘Hansel & Gretel’ alongside one of his best friends, Danelle Dreyer.

At the time, around 4 or 5 years old, Rodelio says he dressed up in costume and recited lines from the movie ‘Death Becomes Her’ starring Meryl Streep, before the show went on.

“It was after that first live performance that I knew I was home, ” he says.

Being a learner at Walvis Bay Private High School, which has culture as one it’s four pillars of development, Rodelio crafted his performance skills. For this, he received 2 ‘Astra Aand’ awards, which is a award given to learners who excel in culture.

“In 2013 I was the first learner to receive the Principal’s Award for Outstanding Achievements in Culture,” the actor remembers.

Rodelio made his mark in that same year, when he took part in the ‘Trustco Be A Star Performer’ talent competition, where he was in the Top 8 Namibians Selected to attend the Applause Rising Talent Showcase in the United States of America.

“I received call-backs from BET Studious, Abraham Artists and a partial scholarship to study at the New York Film Academy,” he says.

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The following year, he was nominated for Best Male and Newcomer actor at The Namibian Theatre and Film Awards, winning the best newcomer award. Since childhood, Rodelio has been in 17 plays and 4 films, so far.

 

ACTING:

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Q: What type of roles have you performed throughout your career? Are you satisfied with them?
A: As an actor I have been blessed to live the lives of so many different individuals. I’ve been a sheriff, and escort, a murderer, an Old Russian butler, a victim of correctional rape and so so much more. Am I satisfied, yes but I’m ready for more.

Q: What type of roles do you prefer?
A: I prefer roles that aren’t buttered up. People contribute daily and the roles I look for are the ones that are hard to swallow, because they contribute to change, increased tolerance, bitter truths and crispy fresh realities.

Q: How different is it to act in a movie and to act in a theater play?
A: I could write a book and teach a 12 month workshop on this question, but off the top of my head, theatre has a different kind of magic to it. There is a constant flow of energy between the characters, the set, the tech team and the audience. Everything present in that space is constantly reacting to what’s happening on the stage and it’s a kind of magic that cannot be captured or recreated. The movie world on the other hand brings the expression ‘the eyes are the windows of the soul’ to life. Here the camera is the medium of expression, whatever happens on the inside of your vessel is captured and dressed to fit the director’s vision.

Q: An area in which you would like to improve as an actor?
A: There is no specific area I want to focus on. I would like to improve all areas. As soon as you stop craving improvement you become stagnant and people aren’t stagnant.

Q: Few tips to be a successful actor?
A: Always be 15 mins early. Stay prepared. Trust and Love Yourself and know that you are enough.

Q: Thoughts on the local entertainment industry?
A: It is growing at a rate that makes me excited to see where we will all be in 5 years.

 

PERSONAL:

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Q: What is your perfect pizza?
A: One that I can eat alone.

Q: Do you diet?
A: I try to not indulge in sugary treats or dairy products too often. I wouldn’t call it dieting, rather a lifestyle choice. And no, I’m not lactose intolerant.

Q: Ugly and live forever or attractive and die in a year?
A: I don’t know, both sound pretty awful…

Q: Would you ever want to be in a reality TV show, what would it be called?
A: Yasss!!! Something like ‘Living Life With The Lewis’s and I put a trademark on that!

Q: Your favourite song?
A: Locally: Sally Boss Madam’s ‘Natural’. It still is my favourite. Internationally, Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York New York.’ I recently found out that my late grandmother used to love it as well.

Q: Do you have celebrity crush? Who?
A: Odile Gertze, through and through.

Q: What is the one thing people don’t know about you?
A: Well if I tell you, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore.

Q: Tell me a bit about your family.
A: My family is my life support. I can remember a time when 3 quarters of us all lived together for a really long time. Now you’d think that this would make us want to spend less time together, but not us. You can trust that any holiday time, birthday and free weekend that the tree my grandmother and grandfather made together will be dancing, eating, playing charades and laughing together. We have each other’s backs all the time. Without them I wouldn’t be who I am today and that’s why I love them.

Q: What is your favourite word?
A: ‘Etse.’ I don’t know if it’s a Coloured thing, but I can start any sentence with “etse” and it will make sense.

Q: What holidays do you celebrate? Are you a religious person or not?
A: I follow the Christian Calendar when it comes to Holidays. I don’t like the term religion very much, but if you are asking me whether or not I believe that Jesus is my Lord and Saviour and that I am nothing without His guidance then YES.

Q: What is the one thing you dislike about humanity?
A: Our inherit ability to judge and spread intolerance.

Q: Briefs, boxers or trunks? Why?
A: All three actually, but I usually wear briefs. I know it’s weird but I like the feeling of putting on a fresh pair of briefs. I don’t know how to explain it, but I Know I like it.

Q: Favorite guilty pleasure?
A: Going into shops and saying: ‘I am very interested in buying your products, but first I’d like to try it out.’ Trust me it works *giggles.


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