Businesswoman and Kwa Mamkhize reality TV Star, Shauwn Mkhize is set to make her acting debut this week on SABC 1 soapie Uzalo.
Shauwn will play the role of a mysterious, wealthy woman, with her eye set on the charismatic Kingdom of Canaan Church.
Shauwn’s character will ruffle feathers, causing much destruction to the church.
Speaking to Drum, Shauwn says she resonates with her character's determination.
“Like me, she is a fighter. She lives on the edge and when faced with a challenge, she is determined to fight. So, I am extremely excited for my guest appearance, I can't wait for everyone to see another side of my many hidden talents,” Shauwn says.
Unlike those who queue at casting stations, Shauwn did not audition for the part. She was phoned by the producers of the show, and she jumped at the opportunity to be to be part of a soapie where two families battle for the soul of KwaMashu Township which provides the backdrop for the drama, betrayal, deceit, and discontent that unravels.
“People have been asking me for season two on Kwa Mamkhize reality show, and because I knew that would not be possible, I agreed to be on Uzalo for all time's sake."
Shauwn says there unfortunately will not be a season two of her reality show.
“I feel I have achieved what I had set out to do on season one,” she says.
“I want to keep season one as my legacy. It was an inspirational show to build my brand and reputation and I am happy. I did not expect that people would fall in love with Mamkhize but they did , and its time to let go. There is not need for season two. I was trying something new and I have achieved that goal, making season two would not make sense.”
Shawn says everything she participates in must be fun and filled with laughter.
“This is definitely not the end of people seeing me on TV. I have many surprises coming up in the next two months. But for now, I want people to see another side of me on Uzalo."
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Shauwn has never acted before but recalls the good old days as a teenager where she would participate in school plays.
“We have all done plays at school. That is the only acting experience I have, but with everything I do I make sure I do it well and have fun in the process,” she says.
She admits to struggling with learning the script but her son Andile came to the rescue.
“I am a good listener, but I have never been great at school when it came to reading lengthy documents. Andile helped to read the script, I memorised it, and luckily, I was given creative freedom to play around with the words and use a lingo that I felt would suit the role in case I forget my lines,” Mamkhize adds.
"People can judge for themselves whether or not I did a great job, but I had fun," she says.
Her favourite actors are Nomzamo Mbatha, who is like a sister to her, and Somizi Mhlogo-Motaung’s late father Ndaba “Mshefane” Mhlongo.
“I am an old soul and I still think Mshefane is the best we have had in the game,” Shauwn says.
The dramatic scenes on Uzalo will start to unfold this Thursday, 4 March 2021 at 20:30 on SABC 1.