Cintaine on the membrane: reasons we love this versatile star
You’re welcome for the earworm and apologies for my very kak attempt at a joke but honestly, Cintaine Schutte has such a unique name and nothing else with two syllables rhymes lekker with it.
Plus, that 1993 hit song from Cypress Hill is still catchy AF and OMG how old are we now?! While you’re still humming and singing “Insane in the membraaaane!” (possibly out loud by now), let’s have a quick sidebar about Cypress Hill – did you know that their music has so far featured in more than 100 movies and TV shows? South Park, Mayans MC, A Simple Favor, Silicon Valley, Pitch Perfect 2, Ride Along and 8 Mile are just a few of them.
Let’s focus back on Cintaine, who will undoubtedly appreciate the dadness of the joke. She cracks them herself from time to time. In a recent interview, the cameras were already rolling when she put on an old lady’s crackling voice and leaned over, saying: “One day when I’m older I can just press Showmax and say ‘Hey, look here! Grandmother’s work is on TV’”, and immediately cut herself short with “That’s kak, don’t use that,”, which, of course, we had to.
Her flawless comedic skills
That sommer brings us to the first reason why we love Cintaine – her appreciation, knack and execution for comedy in its various incarnations. She easily plays the role of a comic relief character in the rom-com Knsyna as the bespeckled Bloesie, but she is also no stranger to the sitcom world – in Kasteel she plays the role of Michellay de Wet and in Phil 101, another sitcom supported by some great writing, she really shines as Jeanne Le Roux.
She pulls no punches in short films
Her short film game is on point. Do yourself a favour and watch the sci-fi comedy Soos Gister, a local Afrikaans short film that was made on the budget of half a take away lunch. Cintaine and fellow actress Ilana Cilliers made that fact seem irrelevant and their craft lifted the project.
Swaaibraai is probably the most streamed Afrikaans comedy short film ever, and Cintaine has definitely played her part in that success, and not only on the acting front – she was also in charge of the continuity.
Cintaine and Carel complement each other
As fun as Cintaine is, she also takes her work seriously, as does her real-life husband and actor, Carel Nel. They really complement each other on screen – check out Hum, a seriously tense and emotional drama in which they play opposite each other as separated husband and wife, Tomas and Jana.
You should then also watch A Boere-Krismis right after that, because it is like someone flicked a switch and now Cintaine and Carel are brother and sister in a comedy about a dysfunctional Afrikaner family.
Flick the switch again and you find them both in Ekstra Medium, an endearing comedy about a bunch of people trying to figure out their lives.
Her role as a legal eagle in Afrikaans drama Fynskrif
Cintaine is probably most well-known and loved by South Africans for her role as leading lady Katrien Nienaber in the star-studded Fynskrif, a legal drama about a firm taking on interesting cases while all the players are struggling to keep the firm alive and their personal lives on an even keel.
I highly recommend this show if you’re a fan of Suits, Ally McBeal or LA Law. It is superbly well written and feels familiarly authentic and unforced.
She’s also a celebrated star of the stage
Actors are frequently asked whether they prefer TV, film or stage acting and the answer is almost always something along the lines of “that would be like asking me which of my children is my favourite”. I can’t speak on behalf of Cintaine, but if you take a look at the various awards she’s been nominated for and won over the years, you can at least come to one solid conclusion: Cintaine loves the stage and it loves her right back.
One is not often presented with an example of where you can experience theatre and theatrical movies at the same time, but The Seagull is a rare example, based on an Anton Chekhov play that’s been adapted and transported to South Africa of the 1990s. It is an absolute masterpiece, and Cintaine received a SAFTA nomination after winning a bunch of awards for her role in the theatre production of the same title.
If that Cypress Hill song is still stuck in your head, get it unstuck with these titles on Showmax, all featuring Cintaine Schutte: