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There’s no escaping Jason Greer’s charm. After all, it’s one of the traits that helped him make his mark as a presenter. Greer has shifted his focus to acting as bad boy Leo Miller in Mzansi Magic’s iNkaba and, more recently, as Edward Brown in e.tv’s Rhythm City. Debashine Thangevelo chatted to him about his guy-next-door writer character, who happens to fall for Gail October, the subject of his new book ...
Love him or hate him – you can’t take away from the fact that Jason Greer has a disarming personality.
That explains why he endeared himself to viewers as an SABC3 continuity presenter and how he bagged the gigs for All Access, The Loot, M-Net Movies Show and for a few inserts for Top Travel. And that tall physique and dark hair certainly work in his favour too.
What I like most about him is that he is so unassuming and sincere in an interview – rare traits in this cut-throat industry.
Last year, he made an unexpected foray into acting when he bagged the role of Leo Miller, a fashion event producer and a dangerously sexy bad boy, in Mzansi Magic’s first telenovela, iNkaba.
On his blossoming love affair with acting, Greer says: “Well, look, presenting is no longer a viable option. Acting is the next natural progression for me. I’m not saying I don’t want to present again.”
As for the abrupt ending of the M-Net Movies Show, which he co-hosted with Noni Gasa, he offers: “They (M-Net) pulled that. I don’t know why. It just ended. I think it was a promo thing to get people interested in the new movie channels and M-Net probably felt it had run its course.”
Greer says he is grateful for landing the opportunity in iNkaba.
“That was my first real acting gig. It was a huge eye-opener working alongside people like John Kani. The whole experience was interesting. It was also hard work because it was a brand new production.
“Being a rookie, I had no idea of what it all entailed and the teething problems. But it was a good opportunity for me to meet established actors,” he recalls.
And, as it is no secret in this industry, networking is a fundamental lifeline for any actor.
Steering conversation back to Rhythm City, he says: “I am still kind of new to the acting world. Originally, they (RC) didn’t know who they wanted for the role.”
His character, by the way, is attractive, charming journalist Eddie Brown, whose trailblazing career as a respected news writer and celebrity biographer ended with his second book about a neo-rock star. With his reputation in tatters, he is hoping to salvage it by writing a new book on Gail October. Think along the lines of a misunderstood Kelly Khumalo-esque story.
Greer says the writers gave him quite an extensive overview of his character, explaining Eddie’s history and his present situation.
“What’s interesting, in a way, is that I can relate to this character – purely from a romantic point of view. I didn’t have to try and be someone else like I did with Leo. Eddie is a normal guy.”
Greer says he had such a blast on Rhythm City, he would be open to the idea of being called back.
“Everyone was so amazing – those are the kind of people you want to be working with and for. It was a lot of fun being on set.”
In the meantime, that charm isn’t going to waste – he runs an events company, The ProduXion House, and is kept busy with corporate events.
Greer debuts on e.tv’s Rhythm City on Monday, October 7.