She missed it. The people, the scripts, the drama and the joy of bringing her characters to life.
Zinhle Ngwenya had to take some time off work to take care of her family, she tells us. Now she's back and ready for everything Sihle has to offer on Mzansi Magic's Isibaya.
The last time she appeared on the show, Sihle had been poisoned and landed in the hospital.
Sihle had become power-hungry, devious and nobody wanted her around and she vanished.
But after two years, Sihle returns to the royal house after being found by an underhanded sangoma, Mbodla. In the beginning Sihle seems to have changed her wicked ways, but everyone knows ‘once a villain, always a villain'.
Zinhle tells us why she took time off from the career she loves.
“Nothing is more important to me than family,” she says. “I needed to take time off to make sure that my husband and children have my undivided attention and just be a full-time mom,” she adds.
In the two years, Zinhle bonded with her husband and got a “renewed sense of love for her career”.
"Sometimes it’s important to walk away from what you love to be able to appreciate it. I will not lie, I thoroughly missed acting. I missed not knowing what the writers will be adding to Sihle’s script and I missed being hated for being able to portray Sihle well,” she says.
Zinhle has been married to businessman Robert Ngwenya for almost fours year.
“The time with my husband and kids made me realise that I am a good mother. But I used the time to pursue other business ventures. But what was most important for me was to take care of my children and my husband.”
Zinhle feels that sometimes having a full time career means sacrificing time with family.
“I got to cook more for them. I served my husband breakfast, lunch, and supper. We went on holiday and did all the things I could not do while on set. I made sure my kids got my undivided attention and I took care of the household and took care of myself and my mental state,” she adds.
But now that she has returned, Zinhle wants to learn to strike a good balance between work and family time.
“I want my kids to know that their mom was present in every milestone of their lives while she also made time for her career. That is all that matters to me,” she says.
“But I also want to be a great award-winning actress who goes the extra mile to deliver great stories.”