ACTRESS, Lorraine Mphephi, who plays Pam on Isibaya, says acting has always given her joy. Being raised by her grandmother while her mother was working as a domestic worker, Lorraine says they were very supportive of her decision to venture into the entertainment industry while she was still in high school. But they also wanted her to complete her studies.

THE IMPACT OF MOTHERHOOD

Lorraine says her grandmother taught her to be a responsible person.

“I have 12-year-old twin daughters who mean a lot to me. Being a mother has been a great experience and it has taught me a lot of lessons. I am no longer involved with the father of my kids, whom I don’t want to talk about,” she says.

Lorraine says it wasn’t really that hard to raise her children alone and that like her daughters, her father was also absent in her life.

“I don’t want to dwell too much on my father, he was not there and that’s the end of the story. People should not give up on raising their children alone. There is always support and hope in any situation.”

HER BIG BREAK

Lorraine, who grew up in Soweto, always wanted to be an entertainer. She explains to Move! that she was in her teens when she starred in the drama series, Yizo Yizo, her big break.

“I portrayed the character of Mantwa on Yizo Yizo and it was one of the most amazing experiences. But it was a little difficult for me because I was still in high school and my family wanted me to complete school because there were no guarantees of where my career might end up. I am thankful for their guidance.”

She then completed her schooling, but when Yizo Yizo ended, her career went quiet. “I didn’t put myself down after that. I went to which was do short courses in the beauty industry, while I was waiting for something to come along. And then Isibaya came along. I am happy where I am now and I am not planning on leaving the Isibaya cast anytime soon,” says the former Muvhango actress.

WORKING WITH HER FRIEND

She says she is grateful to work with one of her best friends Zakhele Mabasa, who plays the character of Skhaleni on Isibaya, adding that she doesn’t see herself working without him on the soapie set.

“I remember meeting Zakhele when we were still on Yizo Yizo and that’s where we became best friends. He taught me a lot about the entertainment industry and on improving myself. I know that a lot of people find him funny, but in real life, Zakhele is a real gentleman,” she says.

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