Suraya Rose Santos is from a small town situated just outside of Pretoria, she now jokes about her home being a suitcase as she has lived in over 17 countries and shows no sign of slowing down.
Suraya studied at the Michelle Ayden Dramatix, a private institute specializing in the performing arts, graduating with an international drama and speech performance diploma from Trinity Guildhall London and a South African degree in drama and speech.
Suraya has appeared in several feature films, short films, music videos and television productions across the world. To name a few; Bhais Café in 2020, Deep End in 2018, Last Broken Darkness in 2017, Free State in 2016. Suraya also made a guest appearance on the second season of the American TV series, Ice directed by Guy Norman Bee.
The South African beauty is always trying to find new ways to stay active in the industry, she has popped up in popular South African and international artist’s music videos, worked on Bollywood inspired promo’s, and shot experimental short films with Director and fellow actor Ryan Kruger to name a few.
Aside from her deep-seeded passion for the performing arts, Suraya’s modeling career is something else she can rightfully boast about and with frequent interest from international publications it’s only a matter of time before this gem shines bright under the global spotlight.
Q&A with Suraya Rose
Tell us something about yourself that nobody knows
But if I tell you, everyone’s gonna know.
What tips can you share that have helped to shape your career?
I can not stress this enough, you have to believe in yourself. You have to put your craft, your job, first. If that means turning off your phone to focus, not going to parties or missing your mom’s birthday, it is something that needs to be done. So, don’t be hard on yourself. Secondly, agents/agencies: I always wanted to be loyal to my first agent but I realised agencies are like shoes, sometimes you out grow them and you need a new pair and that’s okay. You still love them and at one point they were your favorite shoes.
Your performance to date.
Can’t narrow it down to one, so here’s my Top 3.
- In 2016, I was on “Ice Season 2” alongside Cam Gigandet , Jeremy Sisto and was directed by Guy Norman Bee, who directed “Supernatural”. Naturally, I was a fan girl, but on the inside, like the professional I am.
- Speaking of professional, this brings me to 2019 and the filming of the TV series, “The Professionals” which was shot in Ireland and South Africa. It was written by Michael Colleary. of “Lara Craft: Tomb Raider” and “Face/Off” fame. I also got to work with two of my childhood crushes. I remember pinching myself, just to remind myself, I wasn’t dreaming – the man I was about to share a scene with was Tom Welling and Brendan Fraser. I also got to work with Elena Anaya. Everyday on set was a surreal experience. I think by the second month, I was able to have a normal conversation with my co-stars, and the incredible producers, Jeff & Katy Most. A huge thank you to my fellow South Africans that made this show such a success – Michael Auret, Lwazi Manzi and the list goes on. I am so proud to say that I was apart of this production. So much fun was had.
- And, now over in 2021 I just wrapped up on #%^^* and … oh, that’s right, I’m not allowed to say. We definitely share with FWA Connect when I can.
What advice you would give to your 18 year old self in one sentence?
Dear young Suraya, one day you will turn your pain into a paychecks. No wait.. Dear young Suraya, it’s okay to feel like you don’t belong, because you don’t! Oh, no no… Dear young Suraya, pineapples do go on pizza.
And the best advice you were given when you started out?
I didn’t receive any advice per se, but when you spend time on set, you get loads of life experiences. Going from a lead character one month to an a character name the next, you learn to humble yourself, you learn from the experience that this industry is a marathon, not a race, go at your own pace. Train like an athlete, study like a doctor but most importantly – never take anything personally, cause it really isn’t about you.
With FAME Week Africa being hosted in the Mother City, what do you love about Cape Town?
I’m still trying to find what I hate about Cape Town – I feel as if that would be much easier to list as there is nothing on it!