It’s a nippy Sunday morning in Joburg, he’s at home cozy and chilling with his lady and would not have it any other way. After all, he needs to rest because he's had a crazy few weeks after his exit from The Queen.
We catch up with actor Xolani Mayekiso (29). South Africans are still talking about his epic exit from the much-loved Mzansi Magic telenovela.
Xolani tells us he cannot believe the response from viewers.
“Oh man! It has been out of this world,” he says. “You know what, I actually think I got more love from viewers for the exit than I did for the entire performance over the passed seasons. I had been on the show since season 2,” he laughs.
His character recently left the show and more than anything else, he says he is overcome with gratitude.
“The Queen was my first long form project, it was my big break. I thank God and the Fergusons for the opportunity. I grew up with the character and I mean Thato has been through a lot that many people can relate to. He is a typical outi yase kasi (guy from the township) and his life has not been easy.
“From substance addiction right up to having strained relationships with parents or other loved ones. I think for me the biggest take away is the reminder that family is everything. In a lot of black families, it is never just the nuclear family but there are a lot of other relatives that are around. Can you imagine where Thato would be if it had not been for his uncle Jerry and Sis Vee? Only the Lord knows,” he says.
Speaking of Sis Vee, played by Zandile Msutwana, Xolani gushes over how much of a pillar and inspiration she has been in his life on and off set.
“Oh Sis Mazet,” he says with a smile. “She has been a rock in my life, both on and off set. When we talk about Thato and Sis Vee’s relationship there is just so much love there. She has been a mother figure for him and has shown him so much love, but also very quick to call him out on any of his nonsense. She is a disciplinarian and a perfect voice of reason for him.”
“She and I would sit and dissect the script talking about the different ways we can approach certain storylines. She has been a big sister to me personally and I am forever grateful for our friendship. She is one hell of an actress and a human being, she is amazing. In fact, as soon as we are done with this interview, I am going to call her,” he says.
Xolani is currently working on a movie called The Gang, which he says will be released soon.
On to more personal things, Xolani says he is very much in love with his lady whom he does not name.
“She is someone very special to me. She is amazing hey, she even rehearses my lines with me. I could not have asked for a better woman in my life. The plan is to one day make an honest woman out of her. I am with her now and all I can is that I pray that by God’s grace we can spend the rest of lives together,” he concludes.