Making magic together

By Drum Digital
18 November 2011

They  look like your typical glamorous, confident leading lady and man from a blockbuster movie. Bonnie Henna and Sdumo Mtshali sizzle in the outfits we’ve picked for them, but in real life they’re at opposite ends of the industry. Bonnie may be just 31, but she is already a fully-fledged star, a veteran of our screens who has just returned from the bright lights of Los Angeles.

Sdumo is an up-and-coming actor who won Class Act last year and until recently was dressing up in costumes to entertain guests at uShaka Marine World to earn extra cash.

They play Nozipho and Maidi on e.tv’s Rhythm City – the troubled couple caught in an agonising love triangle. When we meet them at the Balalaika Hotel in Sandton, north of Joburg, it quickly becomes apparent why this love triangle is so gripping – the moment the camera starts clicking the electricity between these two stars comes alive.

“You guys have really captured my character with these clothes,” says Bonnie who looks ravishing in every outfit we throw her way. Her character and Maidi have grown apart and Nozipho seeks distraction in Jozi’s party set; Maidi starts an affair with a student, Tshidi (Nokuthula Ledwaba). What makes the collapsing marriage so painful is that both sacrificed a lot to support each other.

“My character doesn’t make good choices when it comes to her marriage,” Bonnie explains. “Instead of communicating with her husband, she finds comfort in partying almost every night. ” Unlike his bubbly co-star, Sdumo is not as talkative but opens up the minute we talk about his work, especially when we talk about the theatre.

Read more about the two Rhythm City actors in Drum, 24 November 2011

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