On June 9th of this year, Caleb Ross (LEX), Meryl Cassie (EBONY), Dwayne Cameron (BRAY) and Michelle Ang (TAI-SAN) came to London for a 2 week promotional tour. They done a number of interviews for TV, radio and magazines.
Here is the interview with the fab four as taken from C5 teletext page 163. Interview done by Michelle Braham.
C5: WHY DO YOU THINK THE TRIBE HAS ACHIEVED SUCH A HIGH CULT STATUS?
DWAYNE: Has it in the UK? Because we’re not aware of it! In NZ it’s been shown for like 6 months, once a week for 1/2 an hour, so we get no recognition. But here in the UK it will be different.
C5: WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU EXPECT TO MEET IN SERIES THREE?
CALEB: I have absolutly no idea - we haven’t seen the script! Judging by the challenges we’ve had in the previous 2 series’, hopefully some pretty big ones and lots of action.
C5: THE TRIBES STYLE IS IMPORTANT IN THE SHOW. THERE HAS EVEN BEEN A STYLE VOTE ON YOUR WEBSITE. HOW MUCH DO YOU GET TO DICTATE WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE?
MERYL: The designer Gavin McLean just designs some awesome stuff for us - this is some of them anyway. Whenever we promote the show we promote our characters and what they wear.
I don’t know if this is my style personally, but it must be good as we get lots of compliments on our clothes which is cool.
C5: DO YOU THINK THIS WILL TAKE OFF ON THE HIGH STREET?
MICHELLE: Actually, to be honest, as Gavin designs this, I reckon he should put some of this stuff on the catwalks. Some of it is avant guarde. He takes elements of our characters. I think it will be high fashion in the future.
C5: DO YOU THINK YOU ARE GOOD ROLE MODELS FOR KIDS?
CALEB: I’m not! My character isn’t anyway. But the show gives across a positive and negative side, so that all teenagers can relate to stuff.
C5: THE TRIBE LIVE A RAW LIFESTYLE WITHOUT ANY OF TODAY’S HOME COMFORTS. COULD YOU DEAL WITH THIS LIFESTYLE?
DWAYNE: Right now, our lives are pretty much delivered to us on a plate. So I’d go with The Tribe lifestyle because you need to find stuff and really think about how you are going to survive.
Being on the show, it feels like we’re living that lifestyle. It’s all too easy to hop in the car and go to the supermarket to buy food. It makes you appreciate our real lives.
C5: DID YOU WISH THERE WERE NO ADULTS IN THE WORLD?
MERYL: To be honest, no. Doing the show you realise how hard life is with no rules and nobody to guide us - it is good to give it a shot but I think it would be hard.
C5: HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE TRIBE?
MICHELLE: I didn’t have to audition as I had worked for the company before and they said “Hey, would you be willing to be in The Tribe?” and I said “Why not?”. So that’s what happened to me.
MERYL: They said “You have a part, turn up on the day”! I didn’t know I’d be Ebony - who is such a bitch but is cool to play.
C5: ANY ROMANCE ON SET?
DWAYNE: Think we would tell you?
MERYL: Lets just say there are lots of funky guys anf lots of funky chicks, and we’re not all well behaved 24/7!