Lunga Shabalala on ignoring the haters and wanting to make his father proud

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Lunga Shabalala.
Lunga Shabalala.

Lunga Shabalala received a lot of criticism from The River viewers, with some social media users saying that he can’t act. But that didn’t deter the star, who has now landed another acting gig on M-Net's telenovela Legacy, where he plays Siyabonga Twala's on-screen son, Sims.

He tells TRUELOVE that he has always wanted to act even though his parents advised him against it.

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“From back in high school, I've always wanted to act. My parents were against it, but the heart wants what it wants,” he says.

The heartthrob says the hatred he experienced over his role in The River is proof that you can’t satisfy everyone.

“The day I made peace with the fact that I can’t please everyone, I found joy. It’s all about trusting my process and proving myself right. Everything else is white noise,” says the 32-year-old actor.

I don’t want to box myself, because I'm still learning a lot about myself
Lunga Shabalala

Lunga and his character, Sims, are similar in that they both want to make their fathers proud.

“The biggest thing for me is the desire to make my father proud. Sims lives for those moments, and so do I. He’s also extremely competitive and so am I. I hate losing,” he says.

Lunga is not ruling out the possibility of trying out radio. “I don’t want to box myself, because I'm still learning a lot about myself,” he concludes.

Catch Legacy on M-Net from Monday to Thursday at 7pm.

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