Garnering a lot of praise for her character as Winnie on Mzansi Magic’s iSithunzi, the 23-year-old chats about her budding acting career and what goes into playing the popular role.
Your character Winnie on iSithunzi gets great reviews. What’s your comment on that?
I’m grateful the character is so well received because she’s been my most challenging character to date. The show’s director, Amanda Lane, walked me through Winnie and guided me on how to master her. I had difficulty with the scenes I do with Sdumo Mtshali who played my brother in the drama series, Saints & Sinners. Now he’s my creepy love interest. And so it was a little weird those scenes with him.
How does it feel to lead a show as popular as this Isithunzi?
I don’t feel like I’m the leader; together with the other three main actresses, Zikhona Bali, Makgotso M and Yolanda Msingane we balance each other out. The cast in its entirety is great and weighty with Nandi Nyembe, Sdumo Mtshali and the likes.
How do you prep for the characters you play?
I put myself in the world of the character more than anything. It has to make sense to me before I perform it for an audience. I have a vivid imagination too so I delve into that to make all the characters I’ve played – including those on e.tv’s Scandal!, Saints & Sinners, Isibaya, Snake Park 2 – come to life.
How did you get into acting?
I was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg. I did drama while at Pietermaritzburg High School and after matric I enrolled at Wits University for dramatic arts. I was also lucky enough to go for a five week acting course at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. I started acting professionally in 2014.
If you weren’t an actor, what would you be?
I had a lot of allergies growing up and for some time I thought I wanted to pursue dermatology as a career.
Do you have new projects we can look up to?
We’re currently shooting the third season of Saints & Sinners, I’m not sure when it will air though.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career?
Definitely sex scenes! The irony with Winnie however is that she hasn’t slept with anyone, she just uses her sexuality to get ahead so people must stop slut-shaming her.