South Africans must stop being so hard on themselves when it comes to nudity, says SK Khoza

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SK Khona makes his debut on The Black Door
SK Khona makes his debut on The Black Door
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Talk about perfect timing. Just weeks after he set social media alight with a video of him performing sexual acts on a woman, he's landed a role in an adults-only drama series. 

SK Khoza is joining e.tv's The Black Door and while he's excited about the new role, he's also a bit anxious. 

The award-winning actor says he hopes for a more open minded South Africa, where viewers aren’t just comfortable with nudity portrayed by the international films only.

“I want us to change something about ourselves. We are comfortable with watching naked scenes done by people from overseas. When nudity is done by Americans, we are okay with it but the minute South Africans tap into that, we then feel some kind of way, because of traditions we have.

“As a result we tend to be very hard on ourselves when it comes to being naked and being out there. I love the Black Door and I love Mandla N for breaking the boundaries of our country with this show, it is something that we needed in this country.

"Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia, don’t have strip clubs, but we do. It is about time to tell stories to people who don’t know exactly what goes on behind strip clubs and, thanks to Black Brain, for making it possible. ”

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SK Khoza makes his first debut on the show on 8 August at 9.30pm as Sabelo Cele, who he described as someone who can sell ice to an Eskimo.

“I have many mixed emotions about this character, because [it's like] when you mix a bit of personal life and professional life. Already people know in South Africa that SK is like ‘the sex freak of this country’ if I can put it that way, obviously because of the videos that have spiralled up in terms of my personal life, but I am excited, I am happy, I am anxious, it is just an all-round but a great feeling at the end of the day.”

And the storyline? “Sabelo Cele AKA Beast, he is a very cunning, calculative kind of guy, he is good with his words. He got ulterior motives, and two sides to him, the intelligence and the sexy side but he is at Black Door because he's got ulterior motivates.”

SK laughs when he starts talking about whether or not he and his character have any similarities.

“I’ve never stripped before in my life, but I have been to strip shows, and strip clubs. I’ve never seen a guy strip before but the best thing that I could have done was to watch Magic Mike again, you know.

SK Khoza
SK Khoza as Sabelo Cele

"And for me when I think of the confident side I can put it there, Sabelo and I have that in common. I can dance and I think the stripping part the ladies and some gentlemen will be happy with it but more than anything, I am a free spirited guy.

“So with the stereotype of how life in general where people are saying, ‘you know you got a big penis, small what what etc.’ you know how people talk about it?

"For me I have always been about this is the body I have, this is what God gave me, and this is what I can give to the people and when I have scenes where I have to be naked, I am actually comfortable in doing so because there is nothing I can do to physically change myself unless I go to gym or eat healthy,” he says. 

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He has learnt so much, and admits that his views towards being naked have changed.

“That is how we came into the world, we came in it without clothes, you are born naked even when you die, you will still be naked because of the autopsy. We came into this world as naked and I think we should embrace what we have, that’s life.”  

SK Khoza clarifies that he will not be replacing his brother Abdul's character. There was a bit of a scheduling issue as he is shooting on other productions. 

“The best way I can put it is that it’s a brother being there for his own brother. We were celebrating this past weekend, we were both saying look how great you’ve worked, we worked so great that I could easily tell a production that ‘guys I can’t carry on with this production but my brother can and that’s amazing. We never compete.

“This is God’s structuring and at the same time with the viral video that came out for me, I think it was just God saying, everybody else let us keep quiet, here is SK working, let us support his work and forget about everything else.”

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