She graced our screens as the goal orientated Angela Mogale on the popular SABC 1 soapie Generations The Legacy. Lebohang Mthunzi had a chat with ZAlebs and gave us her true thoughts about the South African acting industry.
Fresh faced Lebohang left South Africans wanting more of her talent when she departed the revamped Generations The Legacy and now we find out what Lebohang has been up to lately.
Since you left Generations, what have you been up to with regards to your career?
Since I left I've been occupied with a few things, feature films, and some theatre work, watch out for a film called 'Alone' produced by Picture Tree and a short film for Mzansi magic called 'The black widow' that will air sometime next week, between the 24-29 October.
The character you used to play on Generations The Legacy, Angela Mogale stole many hearts with her humble, hard working and sweet characteristics. Are there any similarities between the two of you?
Glad to hear that, absolutely humbled. Definitely. There was a huge part of me in that character, everyone that knows me, knows me to be very hard working and business minded. A month after I left Generations, I opened an African cuisine restaurant in Melville on 7th street. Please check it out.
Who do you look up to within the South African industry?
I look up to all women in the industry that are not just actresses but are Divas (hustlers). To name one, I'd say Connie Ferguson, who is phenomenal. She is an actress, producer and a business woman and I admire hard working ladies.
We've heard many calls of #OpenUpTheIndustry what is your thought on this and the South African acting industry as a whole?
Yes, lets #OpenUpTheIndustry. It's difficult for drama graduates to find work without connections or agents that want experience, and how will they gain experience if they are not given a chance?
Most end up working nine to five jobs to make ends meet. Let's not hire people because they have a huge social media following, let's hire people because they are talented and are deserving.
Employing our fame-hungry family members or friends is an unacceptable, improper behavior. We ladies get in uncomfortable situations because both men and women in the industry have made it okay to sleep your way to the top.
Give people a chance, new faces a chance to work their way up. The South African audience is not stupid, they know the industry and they can tell between a good performance and a bad one. We are misleading our people.
I wanted to be an actress to carry a message across, an important one and change an audience's life or at least make them relate and interrogate; but nowadays it's about a flashy lifestyle that our audience go through extremes of 'blessers' and bankruptcy to follow. Where are the real people? Real stories that define us as South Africans? let's be unique and stop copying the American lifestyle. #NoShade to some of our sisters and brothers that are doing very well.
If you were not doing what you are doing today, what would be your profession?
When I was still in school I wanted to be a tour guide or a tourist, travel the world, visit historical places and learn different languages and cultures. But I think I would probably be a business woman, it has always been my calling.
What has been the highlight of your career?
Being on Generations The Legacy, the first black South African soapie produced by the legendary Bab' Mfundi Vundla and performing at the Soweto theatre. Theatre is my first love.
In one of your Instagram posts you have a ring on your wedding finger, are you engaged or married?
You have a Dramatic Arts Diploma, is there any chance of you furthering your studies in the future?
Definitely, I want to major in script writing and directing.
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