From being a viral TikToker to acting on The Wife - Linda Majola on his journey to the spotlight

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Social media star Linda Majola made his acting debut on Showmax's first original telenovela, The Wife
Social media star Linda Majola made his acting debut on Showmax's first original telenovela, The Wife

There's more to him than what meets the eye. He's racked up a number of fans through his viral comedic skits on social media.

Now they get to see a whole different side of him after he made his acting debut on the Showmax original telenovela, The Wife.

Besides being a rising star, Linda Majola (25) runs a food business. 

When Covid-19 hit and lockdown was implemented, he started creating content for TikTok and it went viral.

"And then I started sharing it also on Instagram, which a lot of people appreciated. That was when people started seeing that I had a talent of being an actor and a talent to communicate to people. And so I auditioned for the role of uLanga. And after several months, I heard that I got the role. So from Tik Tok to TV," he shares.

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Linda plays Langa, Hlomu's flamboyant and outspoken twin brother.

"He's really just navigating the new world that Langa is in and dealing with a lot of homophobia from the Zulu brothers. He's not trying to fit in: he's really saying, ‘This is who I am and this is my voice.’ It's either, ‘You hear it or you just go away,’ you see. So Langa is honestly the embodiment of his name. He's the sun. He brings sunshine. He brings the brightness to the room."

The character is not far-fetched from whom Linda is, and they have shared similar experiences too, he shares.  

"The persona is similar, and the life experiences as well. I've had to also navigate the difficulties of being a queer man and being in rooms where people might not actually agree with my life and who I am. But I hope that we are able to address certain issues on the show and that people are able to just learn a person is a person, regardless of their sexual orientation, their race, their religion or anything along those lines. We need to start breaking those stigmas."

On his first experience on being on set, Linda says he is lucky to be surrounded by the people he works with.

"This has been my first experience and God has been so good because I've been around people that are very encouraging. I've had a lot of awkward moments, you know, when I'm like, ‘How do I navigate this?’ The lingo, the jargon that they use. I always have to ask, what are you saying?, What do you mean?. But I've had an amazing experience on set. I've been working with some of the most talented people, people that have been in the industry for so long, who have been very supportive and helpful in advising me how to do things. I don't take the opportunity I have for granted."

"I'm coming from working in my trailer, cooking and making fries for people every day, so now to be here with the kings and queens of their respectable fields, it's been an amazing opportunity for me."

When askes who he gets along with on the show, Linda says its Hlomu, played by Mbalenhle Mavimbela 

"Hlomu and I have been getting along very well. We go out dancing together. I've been getting along with everyone, even though I'm sometimes a very reserved person, which is opposite to my online persona."

His highlight so far is the wedding, "That was just amazing to shoot, it was beautiful and beautifully shot,"

Unlike many fans of The Wife, Linda has not read the books.

"I'm actually also very grateful that I have not read it. I want people to understand that the telenovela is inspired by the book; it's not the actual book. So I felt like for a lot of people that have read the book, it was so difficult for them to start understanding the story and what the writers and the directors are trying to push as the narrative. But I am going to read the book. I am going to support the Black Girl Magic that is Dudu Busani-Dube, because she is so brilliant and she's amazing."

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