Zola Nombona, the queen of transformation

Zola Nombona
Zola Nombona

When I started out in the industry, I really enjoyed watching myself on TV. Now, not so much. The more I grow, the more pressure I put on myself. I’ve been so blessed to portray different characters, so now I’m unable to watch myself on TV while getting into someone else’s skin. It’s a weird state, but that’s how it is.

I have to be as authentic as possible when telling stories. There’s more to acting than just being on TV. As actors, we have to be the truest mirrors, because if what I portray is misconstrued, then whoever resonates with that story won’t see themselves. I usually choose projects with a storyline that speaks to me, and where I’m able to find my voice within it. I praise my God every day, and never take for granted the fact that I’ve brought many characters to life.

The motivation behind #TransformationIsMySuperpower is that it’s what makes me unique. I’ve always feared being boxed in and typecast. I pride myself in saying, ‘give me anything and I’ll become it’. That’s what I do – I transform.

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I never want to sit at home, unemployed. It’s a dream come true to be constantly busy and to work in between productions. I filmed eHostela while Lockdown was on a break. It can be strenuous at times, because I give my all in everything I do.

I prefer location to studio shoots. As corny as it sounds, we’re at the mercy of the Universe. So if the sun is out, then it’s out and you’re going to burn. If it’s cold, you’ll freeze. You factor in all those elements and inlcude them in making the art and energy come alive on screen.


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