Bianca Le Grange’s life, career continue to sparkle

From a young Idols wannabe she has matured into a woman of substance – dabbling in music from Afrikaans liedjies to taking on big stage productions.

The 33-year-old now enters another phase of her life as she prepares to wed actor David Johnson at the end of this year.

Le Grange burst onto the music scene as an 18-year-old on the first season of M-Net’s Idols.

Not one to follow the crowd, the Idols finalist decided to rather experiment in the Afrikaans music genre, which remains the most lucrative music market in SA.

She has four albums under her belt including two Afrikaans recordings.

But it’s on the theatre stage where she shines most.

She cut her teeth in the lead role in the pantomime Snow White at the Civic Theatre in Johannesburg in 2012.

She featured alongside theatre giants, Shaleen Surtie Richards and comedian Marc Lottering.

But it was her captivating role as Mrs Johnstone in David Kramer’s adaptation of the musical Blood Brothers that made critics notice her as a serious actress.

She was nominated for a Fleur Du Cap award for best actress in a musical and won a Naledi Award for best performance in a musical. She also gave a great performance in West Side’s District Six.

Le Grange then decided to tell her own story on stage – Bianca Revealed, a piece she wrote, produced and directed herself. It played out at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town last year.

“For the first time I had to dig deep revealing the deepest secrets of myself,” she says.

The sultry singer-cum-actress was born in Kimberley and is the eldest of three children.

“Both my parents are from Kimberley. It was only natural for my mother to leave Jozi when she was pregnant with me to go back home to have a baby” she says.

Although she spent most of her childhood and adult life in Bushkoppies in the south of Johannesburg, she has always called The Big Hole her home.

The accomplished musician completed her schooling at The National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, where she studied both classical and contemporary music.

But after bursting into the limelight with her little red crop, she says fame came at a price.

She dated famous singer Loyiso Bala and says their lives were never private. “The media always knew who I was dating even when things went wrong. It wasn’t always easy,” she says.

But in the same breath she says that love is real and everyone will find “the one” like she has.

Le Grange says she is so happy with her fiancé that she wants to scream out loud for the whole world to hear.

She revealed that she will be walking down the isle in December this year.

With that seductive twinkle in her eye, she gloats that she is looking forward to the day and having confetti fall from her face.

“So far I have over 150 dresses that I like. I told David every time we renew our vows I want to wear a new wedding dress,” she giggles before sharing her ideal wedding dream.

“I want it to be special and romantic with the picturesque Cape wine estate overlooking us. Having my best friend and sister next to me will also mean the world to me. I want to walk into a chapel, which is non-negotiable, with one of my best friends Claire Phillips (jazz singer based in Cape Town) singing me down the isle and my father holding my hand ushering me to my future husband,” says the blushing bride-to-be.

But in-between all the wedding arrangements she still finds time to star in another award-winning stage play West Side Story in Cape Town.

She plays Anita.

“It’s only a supporting role,” she says modestly.

“Anita is a character closer to my real life character, she is very loud and she is a Latina. The musical explores the Jets and the Sharks, two street gangs from different backgrounds.

“Coming from the south [of Johannesburg] and being in Eldorado Park I know about the gangsters and how they operate. I relate so much to her.”

“To survive in theatre you need to be physically and mentally as well as vocally fit. As an actress you have to find the right tools in order to sustain the performance where the audience see the production for the first time, even though you have done the same thing a million times, it must look fresh.

“Preparing for the role I had to learn contemporary dance and to speak like a Latina. Most of all I had to shed some weight because I get picked up and thrown into the air,” says the voluptuous beauty.

In her busy schedule Le Grange also shares her expertise as a judge to the new singing reality competition Transnet Rising Starz currently under way in the Northern Cape.

Source: sundayworld

Author: MC World

Share This Post On