‘I saw my own face when I was reading about her’ – The Wife’s Gaisang K Noge on playing Dr Naledi

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Gaisang K Noge plays Dr Naledi Montsho on The Wife
Gaisang K Noge plays Dr Naledi Montsho on The Wife

Very rarely does an actress appear on different shows and then adored as one character and loathed as the other. But Gaisang K Noge is in that position as she plays Mampho on e.tv’s House of Zwide and Dr Naledi Montsho on The Wife on Showmax.

“I love seeing people’s reactions to both characters and how they are so very different,” she tells Drum.

“I like them for different reasons. Naledi is a bit easier to play because I can relate to her, so I am more similar to her. I have gotten to know Mampho quite well because she has existed for over a year now, so I understand her.

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For now, at least, it is The Wife's character of Naledi whom she plays that has fans in thrall to her.

It’s not clear whether it’s in the way Naledi smiles or they way she struggles to say "Qhawe", but the chemistry between her and her love interest, Kwenzokuhle Ngcobo’s character, Qhawe, is amazing to watch.

While Mampho is hard to like, viewers cannot seem to get enough of Naledi and it's all a testament to Gaisang's superlative skill as an actress. “As a performer, I never judge my characters, but I agree with people, Mampho o stout. There are times when even I say, ‘aowa mara girl’ when she does certain things.

"She is dodgy and sometimes exhausting. But people must remember that she did not grow up under the best circumstances. She grew up as an unwanted child and you can see it in the way she lives. And Naledi is just a sweetheart. Even from the time I was auditioning for her, I fell in love with her.

“I think Qhawe and Naledi shock each other. He thinks this woman has some nerve blocking his car and not being bothered and that attracts him to her. On the other hand, she sees how charming and consistent he is. It’s cute, but boy stop it,” she giggles.

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Qhawe always seems to appear out of nowhere when she least expects it and he is already declaring his undying love for her. Stalker much?

“Yes, his approach is a little bit stalker-like, but she does not feel threatened in any way because he is so gentle and kind. So that soft energy that he brings is attractive to her,” says Gaisang.

Gaisang had not read Naledi His Love by Dudu Busani Dube when she auditioned, but once she started reading up on her online, she knew she had to get the book.

“I was on set shooting when my agent called me about auditioning for this role. After I was done shooting, I went to read up on her as much as I could. I was online until 2am the following morning. I remember telling my mom that we had to get the hardcopy in the morning. I went for call back twice and the rest is history.

“Reading up on her, I quickly realized that I understood her, and I saw my own face when I was reading about her.”

“There is a lot of love between Naledi and Qhawe and a lot of passion, viewers should keep watching to see how their story unfolds. For Naledi, just like any character I play, as Gaisang I personally have an idea or mind map of who she is, but I let her colour herself in.”

Going forward, viewers can expect more oohs and aahs as the story progresses and they will be feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, says Gaisang.

The actress is also a model for Lufi-D Designs and says it was one of her first jobs while she was still in varsity.

“I may be quite busy now, but I still make time to model for her. She’s my girl. My heart is in everything I do.”

Asked if she is seeing anyone or if she ‘s looking, she says she is single, adding, “I want what the Lord wants for me.”

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