How do you keep a balance between being an actress and a musician?
It’s not easy. I am blessed with a very supportive partner who keeps me organised. I am also fortunate to be surrounded by three very dedicated multi-titled multi-taskers, Tlhapang, Clive and Motlatsi, who really move the earth for me to be able to be on set or on stage.
Your role as Lucilla in Rhythm City has made you a household name. How do you relate to the character?
I recognise the role she plays in women’s lives as she deals with her own struggles. Her issues resonate with a lot of women out there, eg struggling to conceive, relationships, operating in a corporate environment and so on. I love that while the character is fun, she’s become a sister that many relate to.
Rhythm City got nine South African Film Awards (Saftas) nominations. How do you feel about the nominations?
I’m disappointed that we didn’t get a best actress nomination. I’m also ecstatic about the nominations we did get, especially for the team behind the scenes. I can’t think of a better way for us to celebrate them for all the hard work they put into making the show interesting, fun, relevant, timeless, addictive and amazing.
Some feel like you were robbed by not getting a nomination for best actress in a soapie. Do you agree with them?
I pushed myself hard with the recent storyline between Naomi, Miles and Lu. I was expecting and looking forward to the nomination. At the same time, I recognise that the Saftas, as with any awards, have rules that determine the criteria for selection. So I don’t take it personally that I wasn't nominated.
You are one of the few artists who dance, sing and act. How did you master all three?
When I started out, my mind didn’t see them as mutually exclusive. The idea of being on stage fascinated me so much that I didn’t occur to me that I was doing three different things at the same time. It’s only when I went to study that I realised that I was able to do all three and that not many people could. I’ve held on to that since.
What advice would you give to singers who want to venture into acting?
It’s a business. Talent is easy. Study the industry and understand how it works and your objectives. When you’re ready, come out, go for gold, kick butt and have fun.