5 Minutes with Xolile Tshabalala

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Famous for the role as Julia Motene on Generations, actress Xolile Tshabala is back on our screens as Angela Ndamase on SABC 1 drama series, Ingozi, airing Sundays, 19:30. Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 3.47.40 PM What is Ingozi about? The show centres on road carnages and creates awareness to that. It’s also about the story of a family that’s trying to put things together. I play Jet Novuka’s wife, it’s the second time we play a couple. On Jacob’s Cross we were also “married.” As a result of having acted so closely together, we became friends and regard each other as family. Tell us more about your character on the show. In the story line we (with Jet) have a powerful family and we are trying to raise our son. As it is with the world, our son does as he pleases so I play the matriarch of the family trying to hold things together. But at the same time there’s also so much love in the family, ours is one of those rare things on TV where you see a black family being close and loving one another. You’ve been away from our screens for a while, why? I would rather be absent than to not feature in a great story. I’m always seeking to be part of productions that support the African agenda. Luckily stories like that always find me. I won’t be on TV just for the sake of being on-screen. There always has to be integrity in what I’m part of and I must take pride in it. What do you think of the acting industry as a whole? I studied drama at the highest level you can get and I went overseas to even study even further. It’s sad to see someone regarded as an actress just because they have a certain number of followers on social media. This doesn’t anger me however because the stories I’m supposed to tell will make their way to me and no one will tell them better than me. I never fight for work. How has it been growing older in the industry? I turn 40 this year and I know I look great! I never get why people hide their age. It’s denying your true self and blessings. What’s the biggest highlight of your career? Every time I’m in front of the camera working with a cast that I have synergy with.

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