Thuso Mbedu using her 'smiling energy to focus on staying awake' after whirlwind trip to SA

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Thuso Mbedu.
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  • Thuso Mbedu is visiting London for the first time, to promote her feature film debut The Woman King.
  • The South African actor flew to the UK from SA, where she returned to her hometown in KZN.
  • Having travelled worldwide on the film's press tour, Mbedu shared that travelling has made her feel exhausted.

Next stop… London.

Thuso Mbedu has spent the last few weeks travelling to promote her starring role in her feature film debut, The Woman King.

In a post on Sunday, the South African actor shared that all the travelling has taken a toll on her and apologised for "mean-mugging" anyone. 

After a whirlwind trip to South Africa, Mbedu landed in the UK over the weekend for the first time to attend a British Academy Film Awards (Baftas) screening.

"Jet lag has me by the gonads, so I might as well post tonight's Bafta screening look," she wrote in a lengthy caption on Instagram.

Mbedu then opened up about feeling so exhausted from her recent travels that she hadn't eaten the whole day, which, she added, is "biologically impossible" because "I live to eat".

"So if I don't smile at you (like how I'm mean-mugging in these pictures), just know that I'm using my smiling energy to focus on staying awake during the day," she concluded.


The Woman King press tour kicked off in Toronto in early September, where the historic epic, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, first premiered.

On Wednesday, Mbedu and her castmates, including John Boyega, landed in South Africa for the local premiere in Johannesburg. 

GALLERY | The SA premiere of The Woman King

The rising star then headed to her hometown in KZN, where she visited her primary school and attended another glitzy red-carpet premiere ahead of the film's nationwide cinematic release on Friday.

READ MORE | Thuso Mbedu and The Woman King cast receive warm welcome in KZN

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