Five minutes with Tebogo Khalo

By Drum Digital
24 February 2015

She has become a household name since she stepped on our screens as Puleng on Rhythm City. What makes her smile and sad?

She has become a household name since she stepped on our screensas Puleng on Rhythm City. Now six years later Tebogo Khalo is still content being ‘Puleng’, a new wife and young.

So your character has been going through a lot lately, cancelled wedding, baby mama drama and witchcraft. How are you feeling about all of that as an actress?

It’s exciting! I love how my character has evolved throughout the years. Starting out as a young misguided girl now into a business woman Puleng has grown and I am proud of that. My storyline has also always been interesting and not stagnant and that’s a dream for an actress.

So how has your life changed since being on the show for this long?

Well it hasn’t changed much except a whole lot more people notice me. I am still a homebody who prefers a night at home with my husband or a house party with friends than going to events or ‘turning up’ at a club.

How long have you been married?

We have been together for eight years now. We started dating in 2006 after being friends for a while and we got married ‘traditionally’ in 2011.

You are 29, how old is your husband?

He is 30.

How do you stay happy as a young couple without the constant temptations and distractions that affect most couples?

We are honest and open with each other. We also make an effort not to be old in our marriage. We decided when we got married that we will not ‘age’ ourselves because we were now married.

How so?

Well a lot of times when people get married they start becoming serious as ‘the father’ and ‘the mother’ of the house. That kills the excitement in a relationship. What we is still behave like teenagers in love and that works wonders.

So any plans to start a family?

No not yet. We have sort of decided that we will not have kids. There are a lot of children around us our nieces and nephews so we will be parents to them. Having children takes a lot of time and sacrifice. We just feel we are not there yet.

You seem to be a very private person; you even refuse to disclose your husband’s identity and name. Why is that?

I believe my choice to be an entertainer shouldn’t be imposed on my husband. I am the one in the public eye not him, so I guard that closely. I am also generally not a very showy type of a person.

You said earlier that you now get noticed more, how do you deal with fans that approach you even you are not in a great mood?

I treat fans with respect no matter how I feel. I know that they ‘literally’ pay my bills. If they don’t like me or are not watching me then my storyline may die then I am out of work. So I never snub them.

Your dream for yourself going ahead?

To stay young and excited about life. I want to also go behind the scenes and become a television and film producer. And be a great wife to my husband.

What makes Tebogo happy?

Seeing other people succeed. That is at the core of my happiness.

And sad?

I am such an emotional person so a lot of things make me cry. I can pass a homeless person on the street and I start to cry.I can also see something sweet and lovely and I will cry.

Your dream for yourself going ahead?

To stay young and excited about life. I want to also go behind the scenes and become a television and film producer. And be a great wife to my husband.

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