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Screen legend Sandra Prinsloo on her leopard-print-loving character in ‘Koek’

Renowned actress Sandra Prinsloo has spoken candidly about her character in the Showmax Afrikaans series ‘Koek.


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Veteran actress Sandra Prinsloo plays a brandy-drinking, cigar-smoking, leopard-print-loving, and kidney-stealing mob boss and mother in Showmax series, Koek.

Of course, it’s hard to talk about a career-best performance for Prinsloo: Koek has competition there from films like The Gods Must Be CrazyHans Steek die Rubicon Oor, and Die Seemeeu, TV shows like Konings and Erfsondes, and, of course, the beloved soapie, Egoli: Plek van Goud.

But Prinsloo’s turn in Koek is certainly up there as her most memorable – and completely unlike anything that came before it.


Prinsloo said Moekie is great because she is so far removed from who she is, although what happens to Moekie happens to almost every woman, so it wasn’t hard for her to find common ground. 

“She starts out as a very ordinary housewife, but then she has a big disappointment in love and decides to take revenge and change her life. She completely changes from a bland housewife to this hectic woman in animal print who takes over her husband’s syndicate. 

The actress describes her character as a delightful, outrageous, over-the-top character. However, she also has a big heart and when she loves, she loves with all her heart. That’s why she gets hurt so often.

“She also has this complicated child, [Stephanie, played by Llandi Beeslaar]. But she loves her; it’s her child. No matter what this child does, she still loves her and she tries to protect her – until the point where she can’t anymore,” said Prinsloo.


Speaking about the relationship between Moekie and Christelle, played by Cindy Swanepoel, Prinsloo said: “Well, in the beginning, she doesn’t like Christelle at all, but then she sees Christelle’s dilemma. Christelle’s situation is actually exactly her situation – or at least, what Christelle initially thinks. And Christelle becomes indispensable to her; Moekie needs her in her business. So by hook or by crook, she wants to keep her there, but she also feels sorry for her.”

The Hans Steek die Rubicon Oor actress describes the show as just one of the most wonderful productions for her to work on.

“Working with a text that is so good and so out there is absolutely a miracle. It is not a very South African approach at all, especially not an Afrikaans approach (laughs). It’s outrageous, and that is a wonderful, wonderful thing. Of course this is a good thing! So that we ruffle our feathers a little, you know, so that we shake ourselves out of our complacency about what nice people we are when we really aren’t. It’s just to say, ‘Hmm, you’re all such goody-two-shoes on the surface, but look what you look like when you dig a little deeper.’

“The other great thing is that we are an incredible cast. It’s such a lovely cast. Ashley [de Lange] and Dawid [Minnaar] and I recently worked together on Die Moeder [a stage production directed by Christiaan Olwagen], so we know each other, which made it easy and fun. Dawid also played a completely different type of role here. He also plays something that’s against his nature.

“This is my first time working with Cindy, but it was wonderful. Cindy’s a very good actress, so easy to work with and such a lovely person. So the whole process was just incredible,” Prinsloo said.