“I no longer hold back, nor do I doubt myself,” - Zoe Mthiyane

Zoe Mthiyane
Zoe Mthiyane

The South African entertainment industry is notorious for being cutthroat, and leaving many actors jobless and desolate. Zoe confirms this. “You can go through six months of auditioning and not land a single gig. During this time, your bills just pile up.” She admits to having had many career highs while touring in Europe, such as singing at the opening of the Legend of Tarzan and travelling with other theatre productions. Now, she’d like to replicate some of those international career highlights back here at home. “Internationally, artists get benefits like medical cover, insurance and the freedom to join a union. I miss all of that,” she says.?

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With that said, she lists acting on Generations: The Legacy as a big achievement. Following an audition and a few callbacks, Zoe joined the soapie as Zitha in September 2016. She was first signed up for three months, but as her storyline expanded, her contract was extended, too. Commenting on her devious character, Zoe says playing a villain has been an interesting turn of events — especially with the abuse storyline rolled out on the soapie earlier this year — because she’s mostly played the good girl. “I’m lucky because there’s always been something challenging, yet enjoyable about each character that I’ve portrayed. With Zitha, for instance, she’s almost schizophrenic, so I’ve had to dig deep to bring her to life. I wish I was as bold as her – but I’m moving closer towards that goal. I no longer hold back, nor do I doubt myself. Before, I was the queen of self-doubt. With time, age and experience, I’ve shed those negative layers,” she enthuses.


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