Eric Macheru plays the role of Leeto in Skeem Saam on SABC1. He was born in Botlokwa, Polokwane, Limpopo and attended Kuschke agricultural high school. At school he was very loud and was involved in all school activities including soccer and debates.
Eric has always known what he wants in life, when he was little he knew he would be a professional soccer player and a filmmaker. He grew up with his church going family; a father who loves sport, two brothers and his mother.
When Eric finished school he played soccer and then studied film at AFDA. Highlights in his career include playing soccer for Ajax CT, Platinum Stars and Tottenham Hotspurs in a friendly.
He says “getting the role of Leeto in Skeem Saam is also a highlight. I play a very mysterious character that loves his family and travelling. It’s a Pedi drama that tells an everyday story that’ll relate to the ordinary man.”
In his leisure time, Eric enjoys reading biographies, watching soccer and chilling with friends. His favourite movies are Troy, Gladiator, Braveheart and The Matrix. Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks are his favourite movie stars, “I love the characters they choose.” He somehow relates to his favourite TV shows Entourage and How I Met Your Mother.
Eric doesn’t really have any regrets “but there’s a past decision that I made and it still rings in my head from time to time.” He is inspired by people who are genuinely happy with their lives regardless of their situations. Eric’s only fear is failing himself. There is still a lot he wants to achieve especially to coach or own a soccer team one day.
If granted three wishes Eric would “reach all my goals, erase suffering in the world and wish for a million more wishes.” He also wishes there will be a season two of Skeem Saam and would love to land a big presenting gig.
Skeem Saam is a blend of stories about the journey to manhood. The local drama series examines the plight of today’s male children and the tough challenges they face transitioning into manhood.
Watch Eric Macheru in Skeem Saam is on SABC1 Mondays to Fridays at 18h30.