It’s been more than a year since South Africans have been waking up to Zoë Brown and she’s still as energetic as the first time she appeared on the small screen.
The 26-year-old from Kuils River says she “stumbled onto TV” and it was almost accidental.
Zoë has an Honours Degree in International Relations from Stellenbosch University and in her final year she did a short course in TV and Film.
“One of the guys at the college said if we’d heard of this SABC Presenter Search and then we all went as a group,” she says.
The rest is history and Zoë became one of the final three contestants and was offered the chance to join the Expresso breakfast team on SABC 3.
“My first day, everyone behind and in front of the camera gave me a very warm welcome,” she says.
Zoë is as bubbly and energetic just sitting and chatting as she is when the cameras are rolling.
“People come up to me and they will hug me and say: “I feel like I know you,” she says beaming with pride.
It’s also her voice that people recognise because Zoë is the lady behind the mic at KFM on weekends from 2-6pm.
She’s a busy lady and when questioned about her relationship status, she actually gets a bietjie shy.
“I’m single,” says Zoë. “If a guy wants to get my attention it’s never easy because I don’t get flattered by words.”
Zoë says she has to really get to know a guy before she lets her guard down.
But she jokes that she like Hollywood’s bad boys: “I like Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron and that is actually why I’m so careful. Because I do like bad boys.”
This pretty lady regularly receives love and invites to dates via social media but she says: “I’ve never accepted one [invite].”
Surprisingly, Zoë says if she had her own show it wouldn’t be a talk show, it would be a DIY programme.
“I mean what would I talk about all the time,” she says.
“The DIY inserts on Expresso are quite fun, I enjoy it. Although I’m so clumsy that once I threw a paintbrush into a guy’s face [he was standing behind the camera], I felt so bad.”
For now she says she’s happy waking up before 4am to ensure South Africans have a pleasant morning via the show.
“I’m in a good place right now, I’m exactly where I want to be,” says Zoë.