– IMDb Mini Biography By: Ian Bredenkamp
Liaan Ferreira (born 2 July, 1986) is an international multi-award-winning actor. Ferreira has become one of the most talked-about actors in Hollywood and New York this past year. After starring in the hit Indie film original drama “Visor,” the actor went on to secure one of the most coveted awards of the past festival season.
2021 has been an exceptional year for Ferriera: Liaan won 13 awards of 20 Nominations for his role in the critically acclaimed independent short film, Visor.
He has received several accolades throughout his career, including “Best Lead Actor” at Top Shorts Los Angeles, Halicarnassus Film Festival located in Bodrum, Turkey, the Actor Awards Los Angeles, New York Movie Awards, New York Film Awards, New York International Film Awards, Festigious Los Angeles, Paris Film Awards and London International Film Awards for his portrayal as ‘Mason’ the lead role in the dramatic short film. His notable appearance and dedication to his craft landed him a spot on the Hollywood film festivals “Top 10 Actors to Watch for 2021” list. 2021 has been an exceptional year for Ferriera: he won 13 Best Actor Awards with 20 Nominations for his role in the critically acclaimed independent short film, Visor. Ferreira found his interest in acting at age eleven where he did stage performances and fell in love with the art.
Liaan Ferreira is one of the most exciting and electrifying personalities on stage and television today. In South Africa he is best known as Frank du Plooy, the no-nonsense handsome young lawyer. In KYKNET’s Getroud Met Rugby, the Cape Town star has a bright future ahead. Earlier this year he also starred in SA’s most iconic soap opera, 7de Laan. In his genius portrayal as Llewellyn Paulsen, he was part of local TV history when he played a vital and complex character on the show. The response from media and fans was overwhelming as 7de Laan continued. Ferreira has his sights on an international career. Rated as one of the top actors working today. He is represented by Talent ETC.
Owner and Executive Director Jennis Williamson were astonished by Ferreira’s “capability to adapt to any role regarding accent specifications and physicality, it is no wonder he is already a firm favourite with our clients.” Ferreira is known for his unorthodox acting method and how he would bring a level of professionalism with an electric intensity to screen that few actors can match.
Olka Bolka did an interview with Liaan to find out more about him.
Where are born and raised?
Born in Jozi but I’ve been living in beautiful Somerset West, Cape Town for the last 13 years.
Did you study something after school?
I’m known for my unorthodox acting method.
I think this comes from my unrelenting passion to consume knowledge and creating my own unique style by always learning on the job and be better than my last performance. I want to be the best actor I possibly can be. Personally, I don’t think you ever stop learning.
How do you prepare for a role?
Recite, Research, and Relax. I have my process, it constantly evolves.
How do you handle a difficult character or scene?
Methodically, I put myself in the situation and let it come naturally.
Have you ever had a wardrobe disaster?
Not yet. But I got a few laughs on stage while wearing extremely tight horse-riding pants as Tom Buchanan on the theatre production of The Great Gatsby.
When did you realise you want to be an actor?
At age 11.
How did you get the role in Visor?
I was contacted by the director on Instagram and he asked me if I would be interested in playing the lead role. And the rest is history!
When you started gaining fame, how did it affect your life?
Laugh. I get recognized and stopped to take selfies.
Whose TV Wardrobe would you like?
Harvey Specter (Suits)
What work would you like to do behind the scenes?
Directing has always fascinated me.
What is your nightmare scenario during filming?
To be honest. As soon as I’m on set I’m ready for anything. Especially when I hear those thrilling words(“ACTION!”)
Which TV series or movie would you like to make and be a part of?
Tv series – Supernatural – Film – John Wick 1, 2 & 3
If you could play any character, who would it be?
Billy The Kid / JOKER
Tell us about yourself in a nutshell?
I always follow my heart! Constantly busy setting goals for myself, so I have something to strive toward. I’m not comfortable with settling, and always looking for my next opportunity to do better and achieve greatness.
Tell us something nobody knows about?
I’m a hopeless romantic
What inspires you?
To be a great actor and an even better husband.
What was your most frightening moment?
Attacked by a spider
Was there a time that you don’t want an actor anymore?
If you can talk to anyone around a table with a cup of coffee, who would it be and why?
My Grandma, she’d be proud.
If you take a weekend breakaway, where do you go?
What is on your bucket list?
Win an Oscar, Helicopter pilot license, watch a Broadway play – maybe star in it, the list goes on…
What profession would you have pursued if you had not become an actor
I don’t want to be anything else but an actor.
Who inspires you?
My wifey (Ruwé Jana Ferreira) is such a strong and beautiful human being.
What was your most fascinated interview?
This one, of course;)
What do prizes and awards mean to you and what awards have you already won?
To be recognized for your talent in the craft that you love means the world.
BEST ACTOR – HALICARNASSUS FILM FESTIVAL
BEST ACTOR IN AN INDIE FILM – NEW YORK FILM AWARDS
BEST ACTOR IN AN INDIE FILM – ACTORS AWARDS LOS ANGELES
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA – ACTOR AWARDS NEW YORK
BEST ACTOR – NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS
BEST ACTOR – NEW YORK MOVIE AWARDS
BEST ACTOR – FESTIGIOUS LOS ANGELES
BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A FILM – INDIE MOVIES SPARK FILM
BEST ACTOR – ART FILM AWARDS
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – ALTERNATIVE FILM FESTIVAL
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE – BEST ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL
BEST DIRECTOR – ALTERNATIVE FILM FESTIVAL
BEST ACTOR – LOS ANGELES FILM AWARDS
BEST ACTOR – HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL GOLDEN AGE
BEST ACTOR – PARIS FILM AWARDS
BEST ACTOR – LONDON SHORTS
Do you like travel and where have you been and would you still like to go?
We have some amazing places right here, in Cape Town and the West Coast.
I’d like to go to New Orleans, New York, and Miami
What role opens doors for you?
Llewellyn Paulsen on 7deLaan
Do you like sport and what do you practice?
I like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
What are you favourite
Music: Depends on my mood
Singer: Elvis Presley,Billy Holiday
Band: Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bread, Kansas
Song: My Way(Frank Sinatra),
Movie: Indiana Jones, The Great Escape, Once upon a time in the west
Actors: Brando, James Dean, Denzel Washington, Vivien Leigh
TV Series & Character: Friends (Joey,Ross), Supernatural (Dean Winchester)
Series: Mandalorian, Friends & Supernatural
Food & drink: Ribeye & Fries with Sparkling Water
Relaxation: Playing Guitar / Netflix and chill with wifey
Book: The Little Prince
Holiday destination: Miami
What do you dislike – name 4 things?
Where can people follow you
Instagram – @liaanferreira
Twitter – LiaanFerreira23
FB – Liaan Ferreira