Skeem Saam's Buhle Maseko opens up about his struggles

2015-07-04 11:00
Buhle Maseko (Supplied)

Johannesburg- Being an actor isn't a walk in the park or all about the glitz and glam. 

Just ask Skeem Saam's Buhle Maseko.

Buhle, who plays Nimrod in the drama series, is a young actor trying to make his mark on the industry, opened up to Sowetan about the struggles he's faced. 

The budding actor told the paper that there was a time when he felt like the "weakest link." 

The first hurdle that Buhle had to overcome was the speaking in a different language- he is Zulu but his character speaks in Pedi. 

And, one of the other biggest challenges that Buhle faced was getting to grips with his self-confidence and being able to work with big names. 

"I walked into set and met Shoki Sebotsane, Lesego Marakalla and Masilo Magoro, it was overwhelming. I couldn't handle it, I completely froze. I can say it was the best and worst time of my life. I wasn't cutting it," he told the paper. 

Even though the actors were supportive and friendly, Buhle's self-confidence wasn't coming to the party. 

But the good news is that Buhle has slayed his demons. So watch out for the name, ya'll- Buhle is on his way to stardom! 

He says he even got sleepless nights reading the scripts and ensuring that he didn't delay production and his colleagues.

And now he is reaping the rewards. Things have changed for the better and Maseko, 23, oozes confidence as he shares news of his rise through the ranks, and his role as a card schemer.

"It's got to a point where it's exciting. I feel like I have been given a second chance in life at being a rebel (playing a bad guy), but the repercussions wouldn't be as bad because this is not real life.

"But I'm glad that I get people talking, make them mad and they are losing it with me. I'm happy because it means I'm pulling it off now," he says.

Showing his respect for the craft, Maseko says he did his research, talking to card fraudsters in the township.

"Now I wouldn't be so hard on myself and say I'm the weakest link. But there is so much more I can still do with language and acting. There is a room for growth."


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