When she’s not busy playing the role of Qondi in Isibaya, she’s endorsing big brands. We find out what Jessica has been up to.
How have things been since leaving Isibaya?
I’m happy, and love exploring new avenues.
Why did you decide to leave the soapie?
Let me set the record straight – I haven’t left Isibaya. My character didn’t die. I just decided to take a break from the production, when Qondi dies that’s when I’ll be gone. The only reason why I’m not on Isibaya now, I have other work that I’m busy with right now.
Please tell us bit about your comeback into theatre, why now?
The last time I was in theatre was in my third year of varsity while I was studying theatre and performance. I’m nervous but I always push through the nerves and get it done. Nerves also help you do great actually.
How different is theatre from soapies?
With camera work, you don’t have to be over the top – nothing is exaggerated, but as soon as you step on that stage, everything is larger. You must be aware that the stageis big so you must project yourself well. Everyone must connect with your character and in order for you to achieve that, you need to exaggerate every movement on stage.
Please tell us about your current play, Maria.
As a young girl, Mary was tasked with this great responsibility of bringing the Messiah into the world, the one who was to be the The Saviour.
It could not be as simple as we sometimes make it out to be. Mary was misunderstood as a person and in the production, we are bringing back the attention to her.
Any chances of going back to soapies?
Definitely! Watch this space!
Other than the play, what else are you working on?
At the moment, all I can confirm is that I am a presenter on BET A-List, and the rest will be revealed in due time.