Dolla is more than meets the eye

Eleanor Douglas-Meyers douglase@avusa.co.za


HAIR colour and height are the only attributes Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck will admit to sharing with her blonde bimbo onstage persona, Dowwe Dola.


 


Margit even has her own hair cropped short to make sure there is no confusion between the real actress and the lollypop loving Dolla.


 While Dowwe Dolla has audiences in stitches with her ditzy behaviour and often over-the-top outfits, Margit is a wife, mom and actor who loves her family and her job, and has found a way to balance both. She runs The Farmer Restaurant Theatre in Durbanville with her husband Jurgen Human, and spends as much time as possible with her two-year-old daughter Luca, even bringing her along to Nelson Mandela Bay on her latest tour.


La Femme caught up with Margit and Luca at Dulce’s at the Boardwalk and got to know the woman behind the flamboyant on-stage persona.


How did you get into the entertainment industry?


Drama was always a hobby of mine. After high school I went to Stellenbosch with the idea of doing medicine, but decided I’m not doctor material and switched to my hobby.


I did my BA in drama, with honours in children’s theatre and my masters in theatre management. Today I’m glad I chose my passion, especially since it takes up so much of my time.


Are there any similarities between you and the character you portray?


We have the same height and hair colour. But Dolla is far more funky, sexy, high pitched and frivolous than me. She is loads of fun and compared to her, I am quite drab.


What advice would you give to a 16-year-old version of yourself?


Follow your dream and work hard, very hard. Talent alone does not get you anywhere.


What makes you smile?


My baby girl, Luca, who is nearly two-years-old.


What makes you sad?


Abuse of children and old people.


Which mentor made the biggest impression on you, and how?


Marie Kruger, my lecturer at Stellenbosch. She taught me that you need to be an all-rounder in this industry. Also Trix Pienaar, my theatre mom.


What does money mean to you?


I see it as a means to an end. I don’t want to worry about it, but I’d rather have a little less and enjoy time with friends and family. Time is such an expensive commodity.


Do you ever hide the price tags from your husband on new purchases?


No. I’m not a big shopper. Although I can’t resist a new outfit for my little girl … you get the cutest outfits.


Are you are a reader, a viewer or a listener? What are your favourites?


I am a reader firstly, and am currently busy with The Ya-Ya Sisterhood. I also love DVD’s and recently saw The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo  – wow, what an amazing story. When it comes to music, I love Amanda Strydom.


Who do you share your life with?


My husband, Jurgen Human. We have been married for six years and run a theatre restaurant in Durbanville together. He is also my sound board, co-writer of many of my shows, biggest critic and best friend! Most of the time, men drive us crazy, but I cannot imagine my life without Jurgen.


What would you save from your home if it was on fire?


My daughter, my cats, my photo albums, my laptop, the jewellery I inherited from my mother.


Hopefully my husband can fend for himself and help us!


How many pairs of shoes are in your closet?


About 50. I have about 10 pairs that I wear all the time, and some are Dolla shoes!


Are you a stiletto or a Croc girl?


Stiletto (Dolla is definitely a stiletto girl). By choice I would wear stilettos, but with the practicality of having a two-year-old around, Crocs sometimes win.


If you had to perform karaoke, what song would it be?


I don’t like karaoke. That doesn’t mean I haven’t tried it after several tequilas. I know it sounds terrible, but that’s karaoke.


How old are you inside?


Most of the days 24, some days seven, other days 78. My grandfather always said: “Old is 10 years older than the age you are.” I think that is a good motto.


When was the last time you tried something new?


Whenever I cook soup, I try something new and if it’s a flop we can order take away. Have never had to pick up the phone. Hope it stays that way.


What is your favourite spot in Nelson Mandela Bay?  The beach, I love watching the dolphins!

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