Five questions with rising star Lungelo Mpangase

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Lungelo Mpangase stars as Ntokozo in Mzansi Magic's Mzali Wam.
Lungelo Mpangase stars as Ntokozo in Mzansi Magic's Mzali Wam.
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You might remember her face from season 1 of eHostela as Khethiwe, Mndeni's (Thobani Nzuza) star-crossed lover.  

Lungelo Mpangase is back on our screens, this time as Ntokozo in the Mzansi Magic series Mzali Wam. 

Mzali Wam follows the inner workings of a human trafficking syndicate and shines a light on this illicit trade. It features prominent local actors like Masasa Mbangeni, Dumisani Mbebhe and Nolwazi Ngubane. 

DRUM spent a few minutes with the budding actress getting to know the actress and talking about aspirations she has for her career. 

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Have you always known that you wanted to act?

Actually not, I grew up wanting to be a surgeon, then I later studied Law (LLB), only for me to become a performer. God truly knows our journeys as acting has become something that's very close to my heart. I really love what I do. 

Take us back to eHostela, that was your first leading role right...

Yes, it was. Most of the time I was confused because it was my first big gig and I played lead so I was a bit lost. But it was such a surreal experience, I loved every part of it. The cast, crew and production team were very kind and patient with my learning.

I'm originally from Ezakheni, Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal but when I went to shoot eHostela, it was my first time going to Durban.

Tell us about your character on Mzali Wam

When I scored this gig, I got very emotional as it was an affirmation to me that whatever it is that I am doing, I am good at it. 

Ntokozo is a young a girl who gets entangled in an elaborate human trafficking ring involving her biological mother (played by Masasa Mbangeni).

She is a very emotional character, portraying her was emotionally draining! I wouldn't have survived had I not fully separated who I am as Lungelo and who I am as Lungelo the actor.

I think it’s a best to go for psychological treatment after such roles.

  

If you could say anything to your younger self, what would it be?

I’m very proud of you! Thank you for not giving up on yourself.

What are you manifesting as the next step for your career?

I take everything that I have done so far as only the beginning. I believe there’s more opportunities out there for me.

Most importantly, I can’t wait to wow people like I did with the acting with my other talents. I want to grow and tackle every challenge life throws at me and become an inspirational story of how a little girl from 105 took over the world. 

Mzali Wam airs Mondays on Mzansi Magic DStv Channel 161 at 20:00.

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