RETURNING TO WHERE I’D STARTED MY CAREER REALLY RATTLED ME.
A few months ago, I got a call from Scandal, telling me that they wanted to bring my old character back. To be quite honest, I had mixed emotions about it. So much about me had changed, and I wondered if going back would do the character any good, and how it would be perceived by the public. The show had also changed since I was last there, and naturally, Thembeka would also have changed. During my last days at Scandal, I was personally going through emotional turmoil. That, I suppose, assisted in how I played the character. Therefore, I knew that how I approached Thembeka this time around would have to be different. I sought counsel from a number of people that I trust, including my mom, my boyfriend, and an industry friend. My boyfriend reminded me that this was the same role that I had put so much work into, got a SAFTA for, and that I was getting an opportunity to revisit. He advised me to approach the job with a sense of joy, gratitude, and peace, to have fun with it, and not put too much pressure on myself. Actors tend to be too harsh on themselves, and the pressure is even greater now with social media. I wasn’t fully aware of the viewers’ excitement. I think I suffer from a serious case of Imposter Syndrome (a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success), and was worried about how people would react. Now that the episodes have gone on air, I realise that viewers are genuinely thrilled to see Thembeka back on their screens.