Cape Town - On screen she’s known for her flamboyant and outspoken character Beauty on 1Magic’s The River, but in reality Galaletsang Koffman is cool, calm and collected.
DRUM caught up with the actress to found out a little more about her and the inspiration behind her on-screen character.
Tell us a little more about your character Beauty and the inspiration behind her storyline?
My character Beauty is a young entrepreneur and she’s an aspiring beautician, salon owner and successor actually. She aspires to be a lot of things just as long as there’s money involved. Her biggest dream is to get out of where she lives and will take any opportunity she gets.
She is vibrant, she’s young, she’s loud and definitely misunderstood.
At the moment Beauty is friends with Andile. She’s likes going out, having a good time and finding the next opportunity.
How do you prepare for the role?
I have an actors’ journal. I journal entry every day so that every time I’m out, especially in public spaces, I like observing people’s interactions, gestures, drive and dialogue. I love going to places and doing research. I like to do thorough research on what makes these people special and finding women like Beauty, how they speak to one another, how they conduct themselves.
What sets Galaletsang apart from Beauty?
Reality. We have two very different realities, fortunate for me I had the opportunity to go to school, I was privileged enough to have a mother who provided for me to be able to speak English and Beauty doesn’t. She constantly has to find a plan for herself . . . our circumstances are very different and the way we handle different situations.
Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the actress
1. Where were you born?
Legae hospital in Pretoria.
2. What other TV appearances have you made before the River?
I like my work to be my voice, I have done a lot of things before this. I am more into movies than I am into series. I’ve done four mainstream TV appearances actually, The Road, Isithembiso to name a few. I’ve done quite a bit but I’m not the type of person who will be like ‘oh yeah guys go back to that episode I am on there,’ I like for my work to speak for itself.
It’s like meeting someone and then they’re like what do you do and I’m like I’m an actor and they’re like where do you act?
3. What was your first paying job?
I was a promo girl while I was studying. I did promotions for a living. I think my first actual job was promotions for JIK or something like that, I can’t remember. I remember we were in a taxi rank handing out brochures and telling people to buy the product.
4. When did your acting career begin?
In 2015, on The Road but for me I’d like to think that my acting career began when I decided to take acting seriously and I decided to go study the craft. I’d like to say that my acting career began because of a decision I made.
5. What is the one thing you cannot go a day without?
Love. I love, love. Love comes with family, it comes in craft, and it comes with a sense of being. I think everybody in my life knows that I love, love. The one thing I cannot go without is my family. Speaking to my family, finding out if they’re okay. I constantly need to call my family and find out if they’re okay.
6. What did you study and where?
I studied dramatic arts BA in live performance at AFDA. I also finished my postgrad at AFDA and I’m actually considering doing my masters next year.
7. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Five years from now, I’d like to think that I will be accomplishing everything in my vision board – indeed, yes! A an independent, financially free and content powerhouse. I’m about self-actualisation. I’m more about the inside than the outside. I want to see myself being okay with where I am at especially in this industry where people judge you and expect all the answers from you. So, I want to be in a place where I don’t owe anybody anything and my work is speaking for itself.
8. What two things would you say to your younger self right now?
Actually, let me read you the tattoos on my wrist it says here, ‘you are enough’ and the second one is ‘be kind to yourself’. I always forget I have these tattoos on my right hand but that’s what I’d say to my younger self.
9. Do you have siblings?
Yes, I do. I have six brothers. I am the first child from my mom and the middle from my dad.
10. What inspires your style?
The women in my life. My grandmother, my aunt and my mother inspire my style.