Cape Town - Starring in a production that she screenwrites, Wendy Gumede describes her work as “pretty incredible to be in both those world..”
She started off writing for Isibaya in October last year and now she’s starring in the Zulu series as Nolwandle. We had a brief chat with the optimistic actress.
Why screenwriting? Is it a passion? Of all the things I’ve explored creatively, writing came first. It will always be my first love. I started writing plays when I was 13 years old and would audition my friends to act in them. I would then showcase my productions at church and high school. I was a very focused teenager! The thrill of creating a world from scratch is what fascinates me about screenwriting – because you’re starting from absolutely nothing, absolutely anything is possible!
How did you end up acting? Did you write your character’s script? Acting only became part of my creative expression in university. I majored in drama along with film and TV production and media studies. After I graduated and realised how hard it is to get into the industry, I created an online presence and started doing satire. Two years later, my work got the attention of all the right people and ultimately, after having thousands of doors slam in my face, the right door opened at Bomb Productions for Isibaya.
What do you have in common with your character? Nolwandle speaks her mind! She is unfiltered and has an incredible sense of humour. I definitely resonate with those facets about her. She’s also single and very ready to mingle. Not to say I’m the same but . . . Prince Charming, if you’re reading this, hit me up!