Generations The Legacy actor Donovan Pieterson says people often mistake him for his character, Brandon, and try to help him. Donovan plays Brandon, the character of an autistic person on the show.

Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Donovan said “people live for TV. They sympathise with me and ask me if I am okay. They ask if they can help. What frustrates them is that they don’t understand I am playing a character. When they see that I don’t have autism in real life they look at me as if I am trying to deceive them or that I am taking chances.”

Donovan Pieterson said he has international ambitions but he accepted the role because he wanted to prove to himself and others that he could play a difficult character.

The star further stated that he doesn’t want to play a character saying lines differently. This role pushes him emotionally and has helped him to grow. His goals and ambitions are to go international, but he’s so grateful for the opportunities he has been given with Generations.“It is a challenging role. I am always doing research for the role and haven’t stopped since I got the role. It is very interesting to tell a story about autism and that someone else’s story can be told through me. The reason I took on the role was to break down stigmas and to show everyone that people with autism are normal people, but with unique challenges.”

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