I’ll be back on TV soon - Masasa Mbangeni

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Masasa Mbangeni won Best Actress at the South African Television and Film Awards (SAFTAs) in 2015 for her popular role as Thembeka on e.tv’s Scandal! This year she’s nominated again for the same role. She chats to us about the nomination. Screen Shot 2017-02-17 at 09.15.13 You’re nominated again for Best Actress in a soapie, how do you feel about the nom? I’m feeling so happy; I had a wonderful time playing that character for five years and to be nominated for a finale and my ode to her as I was leaving is wonderful. Do you miss playing Thembeka? I don’t miss the character as such because at that time in my life I needed to play her. I do miss my collegues on Scandal! however, but then again being with them was for that season. I don’t have any hard feelings about that. Being nominated for the character is a good reminder of great work we all put in. I wouldn’t have played Thembeka that well if it wasn’t written and shot the way it was and also along such great characters who inspired me to so much. This nomination is also not just for me but them too. You won a SAFTA in 2015 for the same character, why do you think you’ve been nominated again? I think they recognised in me someone who is passionate and gives her all into her work. It’s so rare as an actor to get to play a character that’s as if was written for you. I felt that way about Thembeka especially because she was initially a cameo character and over the years grew to what she became. I’m humbled by the grace of God. Such nominations are a reminder and affirmation of where I’m supposed to be. It’s humbling too to be nominated among such greats as Tina Jaxa and Clemetine Mosimane who I grew up watching. Whether I take it home or not it’s a great feeling and an honour to know I’m put up against them. What are you up to now since you left Scandal! last year? I’ll be back on stage soon in a play later on in the year that will be touring in England; the details for that will be released at a later stage. I’ll be back on TV too soon, the last time people saw me was on SABC 3’s Hardcopy.

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