Cape Town - Larona Moagi (21) might be a TV newbie but her first big role as Itumeleng on The River is becoming quite popular.
Itumeleng is a feisty young rebel who refuses to be silenced or roll over when her family and community become casualties of greed.
When her father is murdered by enigmatic businesswoman Lindiwe (played by Sindi Dlathu) Itumeleng relentlessly seeks justice.
DRUM caught up with Larona, a final-year law student at Wits University, to find out what she loves most about her character.
She’s got spunk
“Itumeleng is feisty and I absolutely love that because it reminds me of myself. I’m also quite feisty,” Larona says.
She speaks out
As a law student it’s no surprise Larona loves how vocal her character is because she says she’s also very vocal and sometimes incorporates what she learns at school into her role.
She’s got fire
Larona can’t help but love how passionate Itumeleng is. “I love how she devotes herself fully to everything she does – when she sets her mind on something best believe she’ll execute. I relate with that spirit, that fire in her,” the actress says.
She’s a home-body
Believe it or not, one of Larona’s fave things about her character is that she’s home-oriented and quite domestic.
Larona says she’s a warm and loving person, and Itumeleng is the same. “I love that about her because I am exactly the same,” she says.