Actress Mbalenhle Mavimbela on why she’s the best person to play Hlomu on The Wife

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Actress Mbalenhle Mavimbela spoke to us about playing Hlomu The Wife.
Actress Mbalenhle Mavimbela spoke to us about playing Hlomu The Wife.

She is the right person for the job, she believes. She fits the description and can relate to the character. 

And she's really excited about being part of a series that South Africans are already talking about, even though it's not even on TV yet. 

Mbalenhle Mavimbela (24) has been cast as Hlomu in the telenovela The Wife. The telenovela is inspired by Dudu Busani-Dube’s bestselling novel Hlomu The Wife.

Fans of the book have flocked to social media to share their excitement and opinions on the cast. With only a few weeks left until the series hits screens, South Africans have been in a frenzy.

Mbalenhle is thrilled. The Lady Smith born actress is no stranger to television. She got her first on-screen debut on the drama Isipho, which was canned after 100 episodes in 2020.

She has since made an appearance on Isibaya and she is hoping that this role as Hlomu will open up many doors for her. “I fell in love with acting when I was in high school. I studied travel and tourism management at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) because I applied too late for drama. At first, I applied to study acting at AFDA but there was an enrolment fee after the registration fee we paid that my mom and I couldn’t afford so I had to let that go.”

She started modelling at university and spent her time at the Drama faculty, watching their shows and admiring the students that were studying acting. After making friends with the drama students, she was introduced to theatre and attended auditions and did short films and she hasn’t looked back ever since.

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She couldn’t finish her qualification in tourism as she chose to drop out as soon as she got her first acting gig. 

She says receiving the opportunity to play Hlomu has been a blessing and a dream come true. 

“I shot a video on TikTok playing around the character of Hlomu The Wife and I saw the brief and I went for the audition. I auditioned twice and when I got the call back it felt like all I needed. When the guy that plays Mqhele and I did the chemistry test, we were nervous, but the casting director made us feel comfortable. When we finally got the roles were excited and relieved.”

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“Shooting Hlomu was very easy, it’s a book that I have never read but I have only seen and read briefly on Facebook when I was in high school. I recently started reading it again. I felt like I was Hlomu and my sisters would tell me that I am Hlomu, maybe not the events but everything she is sounds like me.”

Mbali knows that playing Hlomu is a blessing and that it will give viewers the chance to witness her talent.

“This role is my big break; this one will have to get me my next role. It feels like I have made my mark in acting. It means that from here I can go international and it is on Showmax which is a powerful streaming channel. I can’t wait for my work to be seen.” Outside of being an actress, she is also a producer and director of no-budget films on YouTube. She enjoys being outdoors and she used to be a touch rugby player.

Although social media users had already decided on which seasoned actresses would have been the perfect fit to play Hlomu, Mbali says that she would like South Africans to give her a chance and they will see that she gives life to the character.

“People should watch what I have done with Ma Hlomu, they can just give me a chance and they will fall in love with my work and me afterwards.”

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