One on one with Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa

Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa
Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa

Why did you want to be a part of Loving Thokoza?

It was a compelling storyline, and I believe that it was an important role to portray in this day and age, to really remind citizens of the incredible sacrifices made by ordinary men and women in our communities. It’s also a reminder to prioritise education and protect our democracy.

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How did you prepare for the role, and what were the highs of portraying Charlotte?

We shot the film in nine days, so preparation was an ongoing thing. I did, however, rewatch Sarafina! and took inspiration from Mary Masombuka, played by Whoopi Goldberg. The works of prolific women such as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Albertina Sisulu and Charlotte Maxeke, who the character is based on, really helped me contextualise the character. It was eye-opening, and allowed me to revisit the experiences of the women in my life who lived through that period.

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How was it filming in just nine days?  

You have to be agile in this business, and we had to put in the work to produce this important work. Not only as entertainment value, but as a reminder of the struggles we continue to face in the new dispensation. 

What life-long lessons did you get from the movie? 

The two most important reinforcements for me were black lives matter, and that education remains the most important tool to empower our people. 

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What advice do you have for aspiring actors?

Study and work for your craft! Don’t stop. Have work/life balance, and maintain your professionalism. And, don’t forget to have fun!

Future plans? 

Growing as an actor, and building my fashion line.