Jigga: Generations' teen star

By Drum Digital
08 September 2010

HE’S the latest character to join the Generations crowd – a loud, school-bunking, badly behaved little guy who irritates the hell out of Ajax and Agnes and just about everyone he comes across. He’s Jigga, the teenager who recently got a job as a cleaner at the shebeen run by Mam’Ruby. In real life he’s Mbulelo Ndlazilwana – and he’s nothing like the annoying character he plays. He’s a well-spoken, wellmannered 15-year-old who’s fast making his mark on the Mzansi acting scene...

So what’s it like being on generationl?

It’s exciting! And different, too, because I’ve never done soapies. I’ve had stints on other TV shows, but this is something else.

Did the job change your life at all?

I’ve been more busy, that’s for sure! And it’s given me something to look forward to.

But it’s made you alot of new friends?

It has, yes. But I think if they’re only wannabe friends, then they’re the kind of friends I don’t need.

What about girls–Do they behave differently towards you now?Do they wink at you?

Yes, they do! Some even say things like, “He’s my boyfriend”. I guess there’s a groupie following in the making. I’m flattered, but I don’t do much about it. The reactions I get are kind of overwhelming.

Has fame brought you anyperks?

I was at Steers one day and they upsized everything I ordered. When I asked why, they said, “You’re that kid on TV”. But although more people are starting to recognise me, things haven’t got too crazy.

Do you ever get star-Struck by the generations actors?

I try not to be. I just see them as normal people. At the end of the day it’s a job and I’ll be seeing them all the time.

Tell us about other TV roles you've had

I played Lebo on Home Affairs in 2005 and I had a short stint as a presenter on Mashekleng [an educational show on saBc2]. Home affairs was great – I got to meet a lot of actors and the production was brilliant.

Did you always want to be an actor?

Not exactly. acting was the last thing on my mind. But I used to see my grandparents on tV and they coaxed me into tV work. [His grandmother, francis Ndlazilwana, is in the “clever Boy” Kelloggs commercial. His grandfather, Jeff Mbenge, plays a businessman on the saBc1 series after Nine.]

Read the full article in DRUM of 16 September 2010

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