Queen of comedy Tumi Morake says she has always wanted to get back into acting, she wanted her comeback to be in a role she would enjoy.
Despite having worked with producers Connie and Shona Ferguson before, Morake says joining The Queen was serendipitous, as the role wasn’t originally meant for her. She explains that something changed in her schedule and gaps opened up. Almost simultaneously, the show lost whoever the role was meant for and she happened to be available.
“After reading the script and learning about the role, I knew it was meant for me – it was meant to be,” she says.
Morake adds that the way she joined the show reminded her of the many times she’s wanted someone particular for a role while working as a producer, but for whatever reason, had to find someone else, who ended up being the perfect piece to complete the puzzle.
Morake said she shot her scenes a couple of months ago and is still very excited to be joining the show. “We’ve shot them and it was great, so I’m very excited,” she said.
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She says she has also enjoyed the working environment, as the cast feels like a family.
Without revealing too much about her character, Morake told DESTINY she will be portraying Aunt Dolly, who she describes as a wheeler and dealer. “It’s a fun role, she’s a survivor and I think the ladies are going to enjoy her,” she says.
Morake adds that Aunt Dolly’s purpose and relationships with other characters will be a surprise for viewers. “The relationships between myself and the other characters will be a lovely surprise for the audience. They will get to see a different side to the characters,” she says.
“What excited me the most was that I get to expose a side to some of the characters viewers didn’t know existed.”
Morake will also be hosting the South African Music Awards alongside Idols SA judge and choreographer Somizi Mhlongo.
The ceremony will be held at Sun City from 26-27 May and will be broadcast live on SABC1.