'Lithapo's' Lorraine Moropa on how she got her big break

Lorraine Moropa. (Photo: Move!)
Lorraine Moropa. (Photo: Move!)

- This article previously appeared in the print version of Move!

She’s known for playing Pabi, a young lady who is accustomed to the fancy life provided by blessers, in the popular SABC2 Sesotho telenovela Lithapo. But in real life, Lorraine Moropa (23), is a woman who enjoys the simple life.

BEHIND THE CHARACTER

Lorraine, who was born and raised in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni, has always been intrigued by the art of acting. She just didn’t know if it was possible for her to become a professional actress.

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She always thought the idea was far-fetched. However, when she told her mom about what she wanted to do after high school, her mother was supportive and even got her a life coach to help her prepare for the new journey.

After matric, Lorraine went to Johannesburg, where she studied television, film and theatrical production at CityVarsity. 

“I was involved in a number of productions at the Joburg Theatre as a student, such as the Sophiatown, Strike Back and The Forbidden Knowledge to name a few,” Lorraine says. For her it was a way to pass time and be social. It has also afforded her the skills to become the actress she is today.

PLAYING PABI

Pabi, her character in Lithapo, came at a time in her life when work seemed to be in short supply. This period is one that she describes as a rough patch in her career. When word got out of the new Sesotho production that was currently in the works, Lorraine knew she had to be a part of it.

“I remember negotiating with God, saying if this opportunity misses me, I will never forgive myself,” she recalls. She then asked her manager to push her details, so she would get exposure for this specific production, but they flatly refused to hear anything about her.

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When she was eventually called for an audition, Lorraine gave the performance of her life. “I left my heart in that audition,” she recalls. As she was getting ready to leave the auditions, the producer called her back to try a different role.

“I did my best yet again because I told myself that I really want to be here,” Lorraine says. Her level-best auditions paid off, as one morning Lorraine got the call she had been anticipating for the longest time: to her surprise, she’d landed the lead role, which was not even the role she had originally auditioned for.

KEEPING GROUNDED

Lorraine strongly believes that being a spiritual person and coming from a spiritual family, has helped to keep her grounded in this fast-paced industry.

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“I go home very often and being home with family always reminds me of who I am and where I come from,” she says.

Like many actors, Lorraine aspires to land international roles. However, for now she is content and is working towards maintaining relevancy in the industry and career stability.