Some people have called her the Brooke Logan of South African TV because her character on Durban Gen, Mbali Mthethwa is stringing along two men. But actress Nelisiwe Sibiya is not even a little bit bothered by it all.
“Oh my goodness no, I cannot be bothered by that. I am working here. I understand that there are people who take this too seriously and behave as though this is real life. I do not care about the negative comments and I appreciate the positive comments. Actually, this means I am doing my job right if the character is believable.”
Her character, Mbali is torn between two men - Dr Lindelani Zulu played by Mike Ndlangamandla and Sibusiso Dlamini played by Ntando Mncube.
“Mbali is the way she is because of the way she grew up. I do not judge her,” she says.
“There has been an overwhelming response from the public. Some love Mbali and others hate her for what she is doing. But I am not bothered by the negative comments on social media. I have grown to learn not to take things personally."
Nelisiwe tells Drum that viewers better get ready because many of them will not be happy with Mbali’s choice.
“But it is the best choice for her. You know when choosing a partner, you must be with someone you can be yourself with. You choose love, security and comfort, and not just for the sake of being goals on Instagram. You choose someone that will also choose you every day. Well, at least that is what I would do, and I know the women in my circle would do the same.”
Nelisiwe says she would like to get back into music and that people should not be shocked if they see her on a stage somewhere, dancing.
“I cannot be bottled. I mean I studied for this, even now I am doing my BTech in theatre art and I appreciate the mentorship and support of the likes of Meshack Mavuso who has been in the industry almost as long as I have been alive.
“My ultimate dream is to work on a Disney musical,” she adds.