"I had so much fun playing a boy"- Chi Mhende

By Drum Digital
28 April 2017

Chi Mhende who plays the gripping role of the bachelor Wandile Radebe on Generations recently sat down with Anele Mdoda to speak about what it's like playing a character going through a gender transition

Actress Chi Mhende who plays the gripping role of the bachelor Wandile Radebe on Generations recently sat down with radio DJ and TV personality Anele Mdoda to speak about what it's like playing a character going through a gender transition.

The actress says she feels "this was my calling. I am supposed to be performing and telling this story. I love playing roles beyond myself so this was a dream come true. I had so much fun playing a boy," she said.

She goes on to explain that she feels she has "some kind of responsibility." She says she always had that thing of; "I am not an authority on trans(genders struggles) so I will never declare that have all the answers. But I am one hundred percent a full supporter and activist," she says.

"The first director that I ever worked with said that it (getting into character) starts in the shoes. That is why I made the request (to wear men's shoes while rehearsing). Because once you feel the shoes the character is standing on, you feel the character," she added.

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