Faeron Wheeler Interview


Faeron Wheeler was born in 1984. This South African actress started off as a dancer but soon realized very early (in her tweens) that she would never be able to go professional, so she turned to acting. She loves story telling and she also got into writing. She did drama through high school and then went on to study film and English at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

She has her Honours in Film Production. Since then she got back into acting and re-discovered her love of the stage. She’s done 4 shows at the Masque Theatre in the last 2 years. Another one is set to start rehearsal in August. Faeron Wheeler also toured with a children’s theatre group in 2009, performing in primary schools around the country. She’s inspired by old-school Hollywood actresses like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren. She loves fashion and she loves entertaining people. Her dream is to have her own production company and to write and direct films for a living. She also wants to act in at least one huge epic fantasy film as some kind of warrior princess. She would also love to own a school for the performing arts, specifically for underprivileged kids in South Africa.

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Running Wolf’s Rant recently had the honor of interviewing Faeron Wheeler

What’s your favorite part of South Africa?

Cape Town. Without a doubt! Where else in the world do you get such beauty in the middle of a city? We are spoilt rotten here and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I love the fact that we have so many interesting and beautiful places to visit right on our door step here.

Have you ever dated a guy with a moustache or a beard?

Sorry boys, I have sensitive skin so I tend to shy away from facial hair. I do think there are some  men can pull off facial hair… Viggo Mortenson springs to mind…

What is the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you on stage?

There are two moments that spring to mind but neither of them have anything to do with acting. At my university graduation the heel of my shoe got caught and I very nearly fell backwards into the Vice Chancellor’s lap. Luckily after years of catching myself from falling I managed to remain up right this time. The most embarrassing thing that happened to me on stage was in Std 5, at our prize giving. I tripped on the way up the stairs and landed at the principal’s feet as he tried to shake my hand and award me my prize. Yes, I’m a nerd and a clutz!

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Who is your favorite male Hollywood actor and why?

Johnny Depp! He is incredible! He approaches acting in a way that I find mind blowing and I can only aspire to be like him! And he is sexy even when dressed as the Mad Hatter!

What are your thoughts about the South African entertainment industry?

We have so much talent here that isn’t being used to it’s full advantage. I am hopeful because the local film industry does seem to be growing and there is a lot of noise about change and growth happening. If we continue to take these steps we could be making films that the world will sit up and take notice of. But mostly South Africans need to stop ragging on our own films and actors, if I hear one more person saying “it was alright, for a South African film” I may just hit that person. (Put a flag on me, I’m Proudly South African!)

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened on stage?

Okay, this one was in a play… I was playing a jilted and fed up housewife and my husband kept leaving his socks on the floor which upset me no end. In the middle of a heated argument on stage I grab a pair of tongs and pick up the socks with them. I was supposed to throw the socks in the bin but one of the socks got caught on the tongs and as I flicked the tongs back with a flourish, the sock went flying across the stage in a perfect arc. The guy playing my husband cracked up laughing on stage (but his character was allowed to) and I could see people backstage laughing and the audience were killing themselves. I had to bite my tongue to stop myself from laughing, I think I tasted blood. After that the sock seemed to spring to life and it took me a further three goes to get it into the bin. I nearly died from holding in the laughter. I would love to have seen what I must have looked like furiously stomping after the sock as it practically ran away from me!

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Faeron Wheeler has done a lot acting on the stage at the Masque Theatre and it means the world to her. She has learnt so much from the participating actors and directors that pour out their hearts on stage and she’s made life-long friends. The Masque Theatre desperately needs support. The Masque Theatre is not getting the support it deserves. If any of you Cape Townians reading this post are looking for something different to do on your weekends you should pop down to the Masque Theatre and see what’s happening. You can find info about the shows at this link or at this link. Most of the shows at the Masque Theatre are not professional but that doesn’t mean that they’re not of professional quality. You would be surprised at how many fine actors and directors are willing to work for no money to put on a great show. The Masque Theatre is all about the love of showbiz and the love of theatre and well worth supporting. You can check out her blog at http://faeronwheeler.com/.

Running Wolf’s Rant would like to thank Faeron Wheeler for answering our questions and wish her the best of luck with her future projects.

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