ABookOf: Lesley-Ann Brandt open book.
Article and interview made by Irvin Riviera for ‘A Book Of’.
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PHOTOSHOOTS – SESSION #043 – A BOOK OF 2019 – BY IRVIN RIVERA

 

Like her tv character Maze, south-african actress Lesley-Ann Brandt is fiercely loyal, politically and socially conscious and can definitely cut you if you hurt the people she loves. Her first appearance as the leather-clad demon maze in lucifer’s first episode is magnetic and charged with a promise of an exciting storyline and she delivered. She exudes an aura of confidence yet you know there is gentleness and sophistication inside. In this exclusive interview, read how Lesley-Ann brings her innate cape town sass into her character, maze’s development throughout the seasons of ‘Lucifer’, why she would be a fanfiction book and learn more about her journey as an actress.

 

How did acting start for you?

I kind of fell into acting– I know which is weird of me saying because my husband went the completely opposite route. I had emigrated from Cape Town, South Africa when I was 17 years old. I was just never one of those kids who knew at 10 years old what they want to do- to be a lawyer, be a doctor or something.

I didn’t know how to harness this creativity that I had. And where I grew up in Cape Town, what I do for a living wasn’t an option for me. I was born in 1981 during apartheid in South Africa. So what my parents knew was just really survival to be honest with you. It wasn’t until I moved to New Zealand and it happened.

I would say I am always a bit of a clown as a child growing up in Cape Town but I use that creative big personality in commercials. And it was a casting director who pulled me aside one day and she said “you really need to take this seriously because I think you can have a career in acting.”

I was working as an I.T. recruitment consultant when I auditioned for my first acting role and I got it. I quit my job and I started acting and then my next job was Spartacus and I moved to Los Angeles. And it just happened like that.

What’s your most memorable audition?

Probably the first one when I came to Los Angeles when I took a giant dump in the room. In New Zealand, it’s usually The Casting Director and the Camera so it’s very intimate. And I’ve never been in a room full of producers and a casting director and just people who seem like they were looking for you to mess up and I was very nervous and I stumbled.

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Brief Take: Speaking to Lesley-Ann Brandt from the series Lucifer is not at all a devil-ish experience. She calls right on time on her way from the gym, and even pulls over to make sure that we can hear each other a little better. In fact, what is so remarkable about Brandt is how open she is to express her feelings and beliefs, after recently attending the opening of the Los Angeles LGBT Center as well as attending her first ClexaCon this past weekend. In addition, she shared exclusively with Brief Take what viewers, both first-timers and long-time fans, should anticipate from her character Mazikeen for this upcoming season of Lucifer.

The #SaveLucifer campaign working out must have been an incredible experience.

Lesley-Ann Brandt: Absolutely! These kinds of things don’t happen in our industry. But I think that it speaks to the times, the way that people view content now is so different and being able to have an ownership in content they watch and the shows that they want to see. The fans worked so hard to make sure that their voices were being heard, and even though we didn’t fit in the network model, they were finding ways to do it worldwide, so it makes sense for us to be on a streaming service. Particularly on Netflix, the biggest streaming service in the world, because we were on Netflix in a lot of countries already, and given the freedom that we have now, we obviously don’t want to lose our core audience or change the show so dramatically, that it’s no longer the show with which the fans fell in love—that being said, we do have some leeway to push boundaries. I just think that people are going to be really excited and I’m so happy for the fans, because they get to see the fruits of their labor and their tweeting and speaking up and will get to see that now.

And you now have a platform to explore the many sides of Mazikeen this season.

And that’s the thing about our show, in a weird way, even though we’re a light-hearted show that doesn’t take itself too seriously at times, which I think is part of the charm, that we have real, honest, human moments that really affect people. We see that when we go to the fan conventions – people come up and say “Oh my God, that scene in which you…” I had this Dad who came up to me in Australia, and he said “the scene in which Maze goes trick-or-treating, it touched me in such a way as a Dad, because I’m a Dad who struggles with these demons and I’ve always been scared to kind of share that with my kids. But when you unveil your demon face and went trick-or-treating, I think that no matter what are my demons, my kids are going to love me”. I mean… [gasps] Tears, down my face, the whole time. To have this scene resonate with a Dad in that way is crazy and so important for our writers to know, you know that what we do matters. So yeah, I’m excited too that on the other side of the coin, I do get to be a little more demonic, which is fun too.

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Lucifer is back! Mazikeen is back! and now on Netflix.

Release Date: May 8, 2019

Episodes Guide:

4×01 “Everything’s Okay”
4×02 “Somebody’s Been Reading Dante’s Inferno”
4×03 “O Ye of Little Faith, Father”
4×04 “All About Eve”
4×05 “Expire Erect”
4×06 “Orgy Pants to Work”
4×07 “Devil Is as Devil Does”
4×08 “Super Bad Boyfriend”
4×09 “Save Lucifer”
4×10 “King of Hell”

Women’s Health: Lesley-Ann Brandt, star of cult series Lucifer on Netflix, is 37 and mom to an adorable toddler. But you’d never guess that, looking at the May issue of Women’s Health. Lesley-Ann is naked on the cover, save for her signature Africa tattoo with the little heart over her homeland – Cape Town, SA.

“To do this after a baby, at 37 years old, feels good. I know I’ll look back at this one day, happy to have it done it.” Lesley-Ann says of the bare-all cover.

And honestly, who wouldn’t be, with such a sexy, sculpted bod? Here’s how she keeps it in shape.

When Lesley-Ann first appeared on the cover of Women’s Health, shortly after her son was born, she already wasn’t a meat eater. Now she’s cut out other animal products as well. So to make sure she still gets all the nutrients her body needs, Lesley-Ann consulted a professional.

“I’m fully aware there are are millions of vegans who aren’t always ensuring they’re getting everything they need nutritionally,” she says. “So I’m seeing a doctor in conjunction to ensure my body is healthy and I’m not deprived of anything.”

Lesley-Ann enjoys exercise, but that doesn’t mean she never has days when she doesn’t feel like working out. When she’s working towards something, she buys herself cute workout gear that she can rock in the gym once she’s achieved her goal.

“In fact, I bought clothes while I was pregnant, with the goal of getting into them post pregnancy,” she says. What she doesn’t do: stand on the scale. “That’s just a terrible way to play mind games with yourself,” she says.

She works out with her personal trainer Paolo Mascitti four or five times a week, but she also works with a movement specialist and does yoga. Even her workouts with Paolo are varied, with each session including a mix of steady-state cardio, strength training and high-intensity interval training. It’s not just about the workouts. Lesley-Ann plays Mazikeen on Lucifer – a demon with a habit of finding herself in sticky situations and butt-kicking her way out of them. That means a lot of time spent with the stunt team. “Roundhouse kicks after a baby are very different,” she says. Ok, Lesley-Ann, if you say so.