A scene from Netflix’s Blood & Water season 2.
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- Channel24 talks to Blood & Water’s Leroy Siyafa who joins the second season of the Netflix series as the hunky surfer, Sam.
- “I had to kind of just centre myself and focus on the experience,” says Leroy about the pressure of joining the popular teen drama series.
- Leroy teases “lots of unexpected outcomes” to come from the show’s second season, saying there is still plenty of mysteries to be solved.
Channel24 speaks to the new kid on the block, Leroy Siyafa, who portrays the role of Sam in the second season of the Netflix series Blood & Water.
Leroy, who plays Fikile Bhele’s (Khosi Ngema) new love interest, admits that the excitement of joining the popular teen drama series outweighed the nerves. “After watching season one and loving the show so much and being a fan, I was just looking forward to working with really talented and experienced actors, who are just really good at what they do.
“I knew that there was definitely a lot that I could learn, and with all the nerves that were going on I had to kind of just centre myself and focus on the experience that I was having,” he adds.
Filming during the Covid-19 pandemic brought additional challenges, but according to Leroy, it also brought the cast closer together.
“I’m a very sociable person, and the way I connect with people is by having conversations. I like connecting with people, you know, greeting people with hugs and everything. So it wasn’t great that I couldn’t do that,” says the 21-year-old.
He adds: “We had to keep distance and all that. But I think, in the end, it brought us together because we were all together and we had to stay together for months. We got to know a lot about each other, and that really translated on screen. The same energy we had off-screen, we put into our performance, and I think it showed.”
Leroy, who stays in Cape Town, says he is excited for the world to see the city’s beauty, from the beaches and ocean views to the mountains and city architecture. Filming on location also allowed the actor to explore his home city and experience places and activities he hadn’t before – including surfing.
“I’ve always wanted to surf. I’ve always thought it was so cool to ride waves. I’m so glad that I finally got to experience it on the show,” he says. “Although I stay in Cape Town, there definitely a lot of areas that I haven’t been to and shooting Blood & Water, I got to go to see so many different places.”
About the success of season two, Leroy says: “Everyone knew what was at stake and the bar that was already set. We had to do better, and we definitely did it. The writers of the show, they did a fantastic job, the directors as well, we definitely made sure that we did even better than the first season.”
Leroy promises “lots of unexpected outcomes” and a lot more to uncover about the show’s big mystery for those who are yet to start watching the second season.
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