Soso Rungqu on joining Generations: The Legacy and playing a detective

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Soso Rungqu recently joined Generations: The Legacy and she plays a detective named Zanele Nyathi.
Soso Rungqu recently joined Generations: The Legacy and she plays a detective named Zanele Nyathi.

She is known for her bubbly personality and always being authentic when it comes to her craft. Actress Sonwabise 'Soso' Rungqu (37) has made a name for herself in the industry and now has a new challenging role.

She is the latest face to join the cast of Generations: The Legacy and she will be playing a new detective in town, Zanele Nyathi.

Soso has just finished with hair and make-up and is getting ready to go on set when we chat to her. She seems quite excited about the new role.

“This character I play is very interesting because it is nothing like the characters I have played before, I'm very excited about that. She is quite strong and stern. Zanele is new in town and she is trying to figure things out and where its going to lead and what’s going to happen. She is the first female detective on the show,” she tells DRUM.

“The aim for me is for people to love the character, I am going to try to play her to the best of my ability and I don’t want her to just be a cop,  she is a woman at the end of the day. There will be some kind of softness within her, the viewers would have to watch to find out, we don’t know what might happen,” she says.

She enjoys working in an industry that is filled with new talent coming in all the time because her perseverance and hunger for what she does keeps her motivated.

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“I try to stay on top of my game, we are not all going to be doctors but we are all blessed in different ways. I always say that ask God what your purpose is. I preserve and try to be true to my craft. I have been inspired by many people in my life and work ethic. But most importantly I have learnt to be true and honest in the characters that I play” Soso says.

The Covid-19 lockdown was a test of faith for many artists in the entertainment industry with many having less streams of income or  no income at all.

“It was the worst thing to ever happen to any artist. We can't gig anymore, we can't MC and reach out to schools. It has been hell for a lot of artists, me getting a gig is a relief during these times, its tough and we don’t know how long it will be like this.”

Soso is also a singer and says that although she is vocally gifted, she is not working on any musical project yet.

“But maybe I should a make a amapiano track, I am actually starting to consider it now after all these years,” she jokes .

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