Masasa Mbangeni bows out of Scandal! after four years. She speaks to True Love about her decision to leave the soapie, and plans for the future. How are you feeling about your last few scenes on Scandal!? I shot my last seen about a month ago, and I gave it my all. It was such a beautiful scene. I’m very excited because I want people to enjoy the work. It’s finally dawning on me that my decision is actually happening. I’m very excited for people to see the story of Thembeka’s demise. How was the whole journey on Scandal!? It has been the most beautiful journey I could ever ask for. I joined Scandal! fresh out of varsity. I finished school, and the following week I was at Scandal!. That was four years ago, and the growth that has happened has been so beautiful and divine that I wouldn’t want it to play out any other way. Scandal! gave me an opportunity to grow as an artist. They gave me a stunning character and the writers wrote such beautiful work for me. I worked amongst the big guns in the industry. It was a really invaluable experience that I wouldn’t change for anything, but still, I wouldn’t want to prolong my character. Was the decision to leave the show an easy one? No, it certainly wasn’t. It took years for me to decide because I had to deal with all the motions that everyone deals with when they make a big decision. Soapies are a 9–5 kind of work, and leaving that to venture into the unknown can be unnerving. But the sooner you let go of your emotions, it becomes easier to make the decision. You left Scandal! when you were at your peak. Why? It just worked out that way. I believe that I’m just beginning. I know people have their concerns about ‘why leave something that works?’ But into engapheli iyahlola and I feel I’ve learnt everything I needed to learn. It was time for me to go. I needed to jump and fly, it’s exciting and everything is working out for the good. I don’t want my career to be the same forever, hence I’m taking time to explore a little. What’s next for Masasa? The most important thing is that I feel peace. I feel loved and nurtured. And, I’m going to have a great time exploring my talents and discovering new things. I have a few things I’ll be focusing on. I’m going back to basics – I’m going be on a play (visit my Instagram to find out more), and have a drama series that I’m very excited about. I’m also going to be doing my masters in Drama at Wits, and will be taking acting classes. While people think I should be teaching classes, I’m going to be taking classes because I believe I’m just beginning to understand my talent, and there’s still so much to learn from other people with the same passion for acting.
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