Asanda Foji...with her sultry look, who can forget her? she is the super sexy actress who played the role of Simphiwe on Generation The Legacy before her sudden exit on the popular soapie. ZAlebs had a quick chat with the actress to get to know about her upbringing, acting and her future plans.
Give us a quick synopsis of your background, growing up in the Eastern Cape and a bit about your family
"I grew up in Eastern Cape (EC), family of 5 raised by a single mother. We were not well off but the essentials were there. We moved around EC a lot but finally settled in King Williams Town when I was 12. Growing up in EC was really humbling, the surroundings, the respect you have for everyone and not just your family, because it is quite different from Cape Town, where I studied and the complete opposite of Johannesburg in every way. I am a normal girl, peer pressured, but because we prayed a lot at home being spiritual helped me outgrow a lot of things."
Many people know you as Simphiwe from Generations The Legacy, when exactly did you begin your acting career?
"I did an acting Diploma in Cape Town, immediately moved to Johannesburg for greener pastures but it took me quite a while to crack into such a huge show as Generations The Legacy. I shot a short film on my 2nd year in Johannesburg called Walk Like A Man but it did not get as popular as we had hoped it would. I also did theatre for a few years and got to teach what I knew about theatre at Basa College in Johannesburg."
Apart from acting, what else are you busy with?
"Apart from acting I do motivational speaking, I speak to young girls acting is something I'm extremely passionate about and want to do for a very long time. Through prayer, maybe even own an organisation of female motivators in future. I do MC work as well, mostly corporate as I'm not too much of a "majaivane" (laughs) and I feel I have a brighter future there."
What has been the highlight of your career?
"Oh gosh! The highlight of my career was realizing I need to have and leave my own legacy. My team and I are working on a project that has nothing to do with acting (for now) which I was supposed to launch on my birthday, Saturday 10 December. But we realized that any launch in December is such a waste as people are busy planning on where they are going, how much to spend on their trips and not on anything else. So, it was kind of a business strategy to drop it from this weekend and hopefully by God's grace it will do well in 2017 and going forward."
What can your fans expect from you in 2017?
"This project is my biggest plan for 2017 which I will not rest until it is done and of course getting back on the big screen which has always been and will always be my 1st love and with God as my manager, I plan on making 2017 my most successful year as Bab' Benjamin Dube's wise words "If you leave everything to God and trust in His abilities, God will manage you."
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