Gcina Nkosi all set for ‘Scandal!’

2012-10-29 00:00

UMLAZI actress, Gcina Nkosi, will be making her screen debut on e.tv’s soapie, Scandal!, at 7.30 pm tonight. She is playing the role of Zinzile, nanny to Shakira’s daughter, Michaela.

Nkosi was spotted at the Scandal! auditions, which took place in Durban in April this year, and was described by series producer, Ilse van Hemert, as “phenomenal”.

So impressed was the team by Nkosi’s audition that they felt compelled to write her character, Zinzile, into the long-running series.

Zinzile is a very traditional Zulu woman and becomes something of a matriarch in the lives of Shakira (Dawn Matthews) and Daniel (Sello Maake ka-Ncube). She soon finds, however, that she has to tread a fine line with the latter when it comes to giving him her advice on the need for little Michaela to be raised with both traditional and modern values.

Next year, viewers will get to meet Zinzile’s husband and children when they move from rural KwaZulu-Natal to join her in Johannesburg.

“I never expected to get a role like Zinzile,” Nkosi told The Witness during a brief visit home on Friday.

“I originally auditioned for the role of Nomcebo [Kila’s wife who hails from rural KZN]. It is an honour to be part of Scandal!. I feel like I am being given the chance to show the people that I have looked up to for many years what I can do.”

Asked what it was like to work with ka-Ncube and Matthews, Nkosi, who has relocated to Johannesburg, said: “They make you feel like you’re at home … they don’t only show their talent.”

South Africa’s newest soapie star studied drama at the Durban University of Technology in 1995 and did a course on television and film in 2009 to get a better understanding of the industry.

She has also performed at the Playhouse in Durban and worked on theatre shows like Welcome Msomi’s Umabatha: The Zulu Macbeth, and has had roles in a number of government information films created through Durban Motion Pictures.

Working on a soap opera poses a new and very different challenge, but Nkosi says it’s one she is thoroughly enjoying. “I’m learning so many things in one day,” she added.

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