It is a widespread stereotype that a woman is incapable of building a family and juggling work simultaneously, Gail Mabalane recently reflected on a past event that shut her out of a possible job because she was pregnant.
Gail Mabalane has been in the entertainment industry for 7-years and throughout her career, she has given birth to two children. The actress recently revealed that she lost out on a gig she had bagged when she announced her pregnancy.
“I was cast, I got the role, and they called me in to just read with another actor and I went in, I was about five months and just out of courtesy, cause you couldn’t tell that I was pregnant at the time, I just thought ‘let me tell them’ but by the time I shot the film, [the] baby would be five months old so it wasn’t a big deal, I knew that I’d be able to get back to work, and I thought let me just mention it and literally the next day - my legal guy was going through my contract, I had already received the contract - they were like: ‘no sorry, we just not sure’...I went back to work two months after I had my first daughter so it wasn’t an impossible thing”
Gail expressed that she was surprised that it was women who shunned her for being pregnant and insinuated that she couldn't juggle both. The actress went on to add that apart from being an actress and growing her skincare line, being a mother and a wife are some of her favourite things to do as she is able to ‘switch off’ from the cut throat industry
“I love being able to switch off...the industry can be very...brutal and just being able to switch off and get into my mom mode, wife mode, it just brings me so much joy, it’s not always easy, motherhood is not all glamours...the support system is incredible, I have my helper and my mom in law and a dad who’s hands on…” She said.
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