Why did you move to Johannesburg and how important is the move? 

I believe I can achieve a lot more in Johannesburg. In my line of work, I can do more this side than I can do in Durban. Durban is amazing, and the productions in Durban are brilliant, such as Uzalo. But right now, I want to do more for myself and my career. I really want to challenge myself and make people take notice. I needed to be in a different space to do that.

With your move to Johannesburg, what will happen to your role on Uzalo?

While my character will be off screen for a while, I haven’t officially left Uzalo. I had the conversation about moving to Joburg with the producers at Uzalo, and they were very supportive of my decision. They told me that when they write me back in, they’ll be cognisant and respectful of whatever I’m doing at the time. They also assured me that we’d look at how to make things work. I don’t know how long the break will be, but my character hasn’t been killed off.

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How did your new role on The Queen come about? 

I got a call from Shona Ferguson who told me that he’s seen my work, that he’s very impressed with it and wanted to work with me. He told me about a character he’d been working on and asked if I’ would be willing to take it on. And this was after I’d intended to make the move to the big city. I didn’t make the decision because The Queen was there. It was almost confirmation that my decision to move to Joburg was the right one.

Tell us about your character on The Queen.

I can’t say much at the moment, but the character’s name is Kwanele Mthembu. He’s a 30-year-old guy from KwaZulu-Natal who was raised by his father who’d made him believe that his mother died while giving birth to him. One day Kwanele discovers that his mother is actually alive when he sees her on TV. This is when he goes out to Johannesburg in pursuit of his mother. This is where the story begins to unfold.

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How are you feeling about your prospects in 2017?

I feel like 2017 is going to be a great year. But I don’t necessarily subscribe to the “2017 is going to be my year” mantra. I believe in setting out your goals and working to achieve them. Goals are great, but what makes them happen are the actions that follow. I’ve invested so much in a lot of things; I have a lot of things in the pipeline that I’m still working on. I’m of the mind that one shouldn’t always announce their next move; sometimes it’s good to surprise people.

I like to remain the underdog and surprise people when my achievements happen. For example, I never announced my move to The Queen – the channel made the announcement.

What are your plans for the future? 

My long-term plan is to go international and to take this craft far. The likes of Pearl Thusi and Trevor Noah have shown South Africans that it’s possible. That’s what I want to do for myself.