Connie Ferguson looking back

By Drum Digital
29 September 2010

My Start

Generations wasn’t my first job. I’d already done Soul City; I was one of the “Super Eight” presenting on CCV (now SABC1) and I presented the magazine show Mamepe. So I was doing all sorts of things when I auditioned for the show.

Creator Mfundi Vundla has told me he remembers the day he encouraged me to audition. I was waiting for my lift after work and I replied that I was already planning to try out for the show. I’m such a perfectionist so I learnt my lines backwards and forwards. When I got to the auditions I saw Sello Maake ka- Ncu­be – he’d aleady got the part of Archie Moroka and I told myself I could definitely play his sister. I guess I claimed the role just like that and two days later I got the call saying the part was mine.At first I multitasked and worked all those jobs at once; I was in a transitional phase after my daughter Lesedi’s dad, Neo Matsunyane, and I had separated. After a while I decided to do Generations only and quit my other jobs, which meant a stable income. The show gave me stability.

Favourite Storyline

There are so many memories. Karabo, like me, grew up on the show and she had moments when she was still trying to find herself. Playing Connie the drug addict who dated drug dealer Max Naidoo is definitely up there with my favourite storylines – and not because I agree with it! Snorting glucose was hilarious and I laughed every day.

I also loved the storyline when I dated Glen Majozi (played by Roderick Jaftha) and his ex poisoned my eye drops which made me blind. I wore opaque contact lenses that didn’t have a hole in them, so it felt like I really was blind. I had many bruises on my legs to show for it from knocking into furniture!

Most challeging scene

It definitely has to be the storyline when I lost the baby I had with Sibu­siso Dlomo – it was very real and personal because I’d gone through the same thing. After Karabo lost the baby she lost the plot and went crazy. I understood that because I know you’re at your lowest point but you need to pick yourself up and move on.

That storyline helped me deal with my pain and loss after my miscarriage. I cried so much during those scenes and when I watched them afterwards I got goose bumps. They had an impact on so many lives and many women sympathised with me.

I thought it was an important issue to deal with on the show because in black culture people associate a loss like that with bad luck or being cursed. It’s a very real biological problem; these things happen and we need to deal with them.

One character I'd have loved to bring back

He died, so I know that it would’ve been tricky but I loved working with Fana Mokoena, who played Dr Mandla Sithole. He’s one of the funniest guys I know and I don’t think he ever took anything seriously.

My storyline with him where he went crazy and stalked and kidnapped me was hectic – he turned into a nut job with his emotional abuse. But we worked so well together. Once I had to slap him and before the scene he said, “Just go for it”. And I did – so hard I left behind finger marks on his face. His reaction was priceless and so genuine because he didn’t expect it to be so hard. Mandla forced Karabo to grow up but then he got sick and that messed things up completely.

Read the full article in DRUM of 10 October 2010

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