ACTRESS, Lorraine Mphephi, who
plays Pam on Isibaya, says acting has
always given her joy. Being raised by
her grandmother while her mother
was working as a domestic worker,
Lorraine says they were very supportive of her
decision to venture into the entertainment
industry while she was still in high school. But
they also wanted her to complete her studies.
THE IMPACT OF MOTHERHOOD
Lorraine says her grandmother taught her to be
a responsible person.
“I have 12-year-old twin daughters who mean
a lot to me. Being a mother has been a great
experience and it has taught me a lot of lessons.
I am no longer involved with the father of my
kids, whom I don’t want to talk about,” she says.
Lorraine says it wasn’t really that hard to raise
her children alone and that like
her daughters, her father was also
absent in her life.
“I don’t want to dwell too much
on my father, he was not there and
that’s the end of the story. People
should not give up on raising their
children alone. There is always
support and hope in any situation.”
HER BIG BREAK
Lorraine, who grew up in
Soweto, always wanted to be an
entertainer. She explains to Move!
that she was in her teens when she
starred in the drama series, Yizo Yizo, which was
her big break.
“I portrayed the character of Mantwa on
Yizo Yizo and it was one of the most amazing
experiences. But it was a little difficult for me
because I was still in high school and my family
wanted me to complete school because there
were no guarantees of where my career might
end up. I am thankful for their guidance.”
She then completed her schooling, but when
Yizo Yizo ended, her career went quiet.
“I didn’t put myself down after that. I went to
do short courses in the beauty
industry, while I was waiting
for something to come along.
And then Isibaya came along. I
am happy where I am now and I
am not planning on leaving the
Isibaya cast anytime soon,” says
the former Muvhango actress.
WORKING WITH HER FRIEND
She says she is grateful to work with one of her
best friends Zakhele Mabasa, who plays the
character of Skhaleni on Isibaya, adding that she
doesn’t see herself working without him on the
“I remember meeting Zakhele when we were
still on Yizo Yizo and that’s where we became
best friends. He taught me a lot about the
entertainment industry and on improving
myself. I know that a lot of people find
him funny, but in real life, Zakhele is a real
gentleman,” she says