zonika de vries
Zonika is currently in A.G. Visser Primary School in her home town Heidelberg. She has been taking drama lessons since she was in Grade 1. She participated in various Eisteddfods and has excelled. She was discovered as an actress by Jakkie Groenewald in 2013 and played in her first TV Series “Pandjieswinkelstories” Produced by Andre Scholtz. She played the role of Saar and was directed by the amazing Koos Roets. She played alongside actors Elize Caywood, Willie Esterhuizen, Deon Lotz and Frank Opperman. She also won the title of Little Miss Petite S.A. 2013 at SA’s national modelling contest, and had to do lots of charity work. In 2014, Zonika participated in the South African Championships for Performing Arts and won the Jnr Overall Acting Trophy as well the Triple Thread Award. She then participated in the World Championships for Performing Arts in Los Angeles where she was approached by the very well known Stein Entertainment Services at the Worlds Championship, to join their agency in the film industry. Due to Zonika’s age and distance to L.A. we declined the offer. Zonika won 7 Overall Champion Winner Trophies in her age category. After a nationwide search by Brittle Star Pictures, she was chosen to play the role of Ellie Jnr in the movie “’n Man soos my Pa” directed by Sean Else. Co-actors were Sandra Prinsloo, Neels van Jaarsveld, Elma Postma, Greg Kriek, Albert and Vilje Maritz and Deon Lotz. In 2015 she competed at SA’s again and won the Jnr Overall Trophy in Acting. She played in an Incense Production Movie called 70 x 7 (Sewentig maal Sewe). She played the role of Ivanka and enjoyed playing alongside her brother Zander that fulfilled the role of Justin. They acted with Gerhard Steyn, Markus Muller and Angelique Gerber. In 2016 Zonika won the Jnr Overall Trophy in Acting once again, competing with over 2000 contestants at the South African Championships in various categories, this was an amazing year, as she got the privilege of playing Anna-Mart van der Merwe’s daughter Paula in “Dis koue kos, skat”, written by Marita vd Vyfer, directed by Ettienne Fourie, She played alongside Elsabe Zietsman, Riaan Visman, Deandre Reyners, Frank Opperman and Deon Lotz. In 2017 Zonika played the role of Juanita, the daughter of Louw Venter & Juanita de Villiers in Kampterrein – directed by Luhann Jansen. She played alongside Jurgen Hellberg, Kaz Macfadden, Reine Swart, Ruan Wessels, Josias Moleele, Znande Mfenyane and many more. Zonika has attended the Beginners and Intermediate courses at “Act out Workshop” with Karin Retief, Johan Engelbrecht and Elma Potgieter as mentors. She also made time to participate in the South African Championships for Performing Arts this year and achieved 6 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze medals. She is very active at school participating in Tennis, Hockey and Netball. Academically Zonika was in top position for top 10 at the end of the 2nd quarter, she gives it her all, her other activities include singing, dancing,modelling and playing the guitar. She is very modest, interacts with all ages as is very spontaneous. She has a sunny personality and is incredibly driven.