The newly released movie “3 Days To Go” has received great responses from cinema-goers across South Africa. The film features Leeanda Reddy, Lilette Dubey, Jailoshini Naidoo, Kajal Bagwandeen, Rahul Brijnath, Jonathan Boynton-Lee, Zakeeya Patel, Ashish Gangerpersad, Pranesh Maharaj, Rueben Naidoo and Kiara Govender.
When their father passes away, four grown siblings gather with their collection of husbands, wives, children and grandchildren. Together this crazy family needs to survive each other, for 3 days – under one roof, before they spread their father’s ashes and part ways again. As the siblings re-examine their shared history and their tattered relationships, they learn how miserable they have become in their lives and how they can no longer blame someone else for their decisions.
Here at TZ, we were lucky enough to interview Kiara Govender who plays Leeanda Reddy’s teenage daughter in the film. This was her cinematic acting debut, and saw her play a key role. Here she discusses her love for acting, her character in the film and what she has learnt from the experience about coping with loss. Thanks Kiara!
TZ: Tell us a bit about yourself. You’re a newcomer to the acting scene – and we’re nosy!
I’m a very out spoken girl. I’m loud and my confidence is as high as the sky. I love to have fun and most importantly I put God first in all that I do.
TZ: How did you get into acting in the first place? And how did you land this particular role?
I did the subject Drama in high school, and I absolutely adored everything about it. I found out about this audition and then went for acting classes to improve my skills, as this wasn’t a play in high school anymore. I auditioned and thereafter got the part. I was ecstatic
TZ: What made you decide that you wanted to be an actress?
It was my passion for the acting life. I love the effort, hard work, late nights, early mornings, the lights and the cameras. I’m also perfect in ‘by hearting’ my lines! I fell in love with all of this when I learnt about drama in high school .
TZ: What advice would you give to young people who are looking for a career in acting?
Practice and prayer makes perfect. Never give up on your dreams, because from personal experience, I can proudly say that dreams do come true. Hard work never goes to waste.
TZ: Tell us a bit about your character in the movie?
A teenager that’s trying to figure out life. She wants attention and love and is affected by many issues involving her family members. She is a very rebellious girl indeed.
TZ: Tell us about your experience making ‘3 days to go’?
I can honestly say it was an overwhelming, breathtaking, exciting experience. I worked with such talented actors. I’ve experienced so much and made amazing memories with everyone. I’ve always realised that it’s not just fun and games, and that to act takes a lot of dedication and hard work.
TZ: In terms of your character in the film, how did her grandfather’s death affect her?
Her grandfather was the only one that truly understood her and who was really there for her (besides her grandma). She felt neglected by everyone else and thought she would be all alone. This made her more rebellious and hurt. This also affected her attitude towards her mum and Oliver.
TZ: What do you believe helped her to cope with her loss?
Her grandma and her outlets in hiding behind a goth phase, and being rebellious.
TZ: Do you have any advice for teens and young people, based on your experiences in the role, about handling loss?
Don’t ever hide your feelings – bottling everything up only hurts you and means you take out your hurt on others. Always let the people consoling you know how you feel, so they can help you and also be a source of strength. Also look for comfort in God.