Have you always loved acting?
Entertainment has always been my passion. I’m not restricted to acting – I also sing, dance and write, but I felt I needed to refine and focus on my acting, which is why I studied performing arts at Tshwane University of Technology in 2004. Ever since then it’s been hustling and getting jobs here and there, until I got a role in Isidingo.
Which other local shows have you acted in?
I’ve done a bit of everything. I had small roles in Sokhulu & Partners, Rhythm City, Scandal!, Cool Catz and Rites of Passage to name a few. I’ve even worked with the Department of Arts and Culture, where I did informal training in acting at underprivileged schools in the Eastern Cape.
All those roles were much needed because they prepared me for this big role. I’m a firm believer that God’s timing is everything. Although it wasn’t always easy and I’d lose hope sometimes, something kept reaffirming that my time was coming. It wasn’t an easy ride – there were a lot of trials and tribulations; there was a lot of hurt, pain and tears.
Is Isidingo a milestone in your career?
Definitely. I grew up watching the show and now I’m not only in it but I’m making waves – that for me is proof that God is real.
Tell us about your experience playing Morongwa.
Playing Morongwa has been the best thing to ever happen to me. I love the fact that in Isidingo you get so much freedom to make a character your own.
I love Morongwa’s interesting, unpredictable nature. I can’t get too comfortable portraying her because no day is the same. You never know what to expect – she’s feisty, lovely and a go-getter.
What has it been like working with the Isidingo cast?
The Isidingo family makes it so easy for you to be grounded and confident in what you’re doing. I’ve never felt so comfortable and happy; they’re always open and willing to help you grow. And that love isn’t just from the cast – it’s also the crew, production team and the top managers.
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What keeps you going when things get tough?
My faith keeps me going, and knowing that every day is a new shot at life and you can get better. I survive through prayer and my family – it sustains and keeps me sane.
Tells us about some of the highlights and challenges.
The highlight is that life isn’t the same. Finally, my career is moving in the direction I’ve always prayed for. People are paying attention and it’s all God’s work.
But I’m still getting used to fame – being in the public eye comes with a lot of pressure and can be overwhelming which can cause one’s downfall. I’m expected to act and present myself in a certain way, and it’s even more crucial because my family name is on the line.
Click below to watch the Isidingo scene of Soso that has everyone talking.
Ye wethu @sosovanderru ndi file struu ??????
Hayi maan – I give it all to you ????? https://t.co/yUWuaGZ3cE
— Lovemore Shikwambana (@Thandomore) February 18, 2017