Five minutes with Tina Dlathu, who recently joined The River as Khwezi

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Tina Dlathu on playing Khwezi on The River
Tina Dlathu on playing Khwezi on The River
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She knows her sister in and out. But even she got intimidated when she first interacted with her as Lindiwe Dikana on 1Magic's The River. 

She's super excited to be part of a talented team, so much so that she has to constantly stop herself from 'fanning out' on the show. 

Tina Dlathu, who is Sindi Dlathu's sister, joined the crew recently and plays Khwezi Hlophe. She says it is challenging for her but she's embracing it.

“We both have a calm demeanor, love our families, and wear our hearts on our sleeves. Khwezi and I are actually quite similar except that she is sometimes too naïve and remains soft even under extremely aggravating circumstances. This is sometimes challenging for me.”

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On the storyline Khwezi is the youngest of the Hlophe children, she is the smartest and most obedient child. She represents a South African born free who grew up in a traditional Zulu home with a strict father, she tells us.

“Khwezi is adored by her parents and born into wealth and shielded from the truth of the origins of that wealth so much that she is oblivious to the fact that her family is a bunch of hardcore criminals,” she adds.

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Sindi and her younger sister, Tina Dlathu.

How does she find working alongside his sister on-screen? She says it was a terrific experience.

“Intimidating. I met Lindiwe Dikana for the first time and I was literally terrified lol.”

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Tina is always watching the The River. 

“I was very nervous to be honest but also excited and appreciative of the opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in the industry. I was and still am a dedicated viewer of the show, I watch a lot of South African television and love our storytelling. I’m still a big fan of many characters on the show, so much that I have to stop myself from fanning out and constantly remind myself to “act normal” when I’m around them, LOL.”

She has always loved expressing her creativity and is actively involved in doing digital content creation.

“Acting is another way of creative expression and storytelling, albeit more challenging and emotionally demanding.”

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