Michelle Mosalakae on her role in The Queen: ‘She keeps me on my toes’

2018-10-03 15:02
Michelle Mosalakae. (Photo: Supplied)

Cape Town - Actress Michelle Mosalakae’s debut role as the prophetess Zakithi on Isibaya caught the attention of many viewers and instantly made her a household favourite. Now, she has viewers talking once again with her new role on Mzanzi Magic’s The Queen.

Michelle plays a Congolese woman by the name of Kamina who hails from the South Kivu Province in the DRC and was the first true love of Kagiso Khoza (played by Loyiso McDonald). The two met in Kamina’s home country where Kagiso was deployed as a soldier.

DRUM caught up with the actress to find out how playing the French-speaking Kamina really is.   

1. Did you have to learn French to play Kamina or have you always been fluent in the language?

I learned a bit of French during high school. I wouldn’t say I’m fluent but my French is at an intermediate level. I did get myself a Congolese translator to assist me with scripts in the preparation process. However, I have always been proficient in languages. I am able to pick up on languages and the various accents and dialects with sufficient practise.

2. What are some of the challenges (if there are any) you have encountered while playing the role of Kamina?

Playing Kamina has been extremely fulfilling because it is extremely challenging. She is very different from who I am and anyone I know. I had to do a lot of research about the DRC and the environment she would have grown up in and would have been exposed to and how that would then influence the way in which someone like her handles life and thinks about certain things. It was a very demanding role because it required constant research in order for me to make her as believable as possible.

3. How is the role Kamina different from your previous role of Zakithi on Isibaya?

There are many differences between Kamina and Zakithi. The obvious ones being that Kamina is French-Congolese whereas Zakithi is Tswana. Kamina has a completely different background and her environment was also in juxtaposition to Zakithi’s. Zakithi wasn’t looking for anyone to help or save her but Kamina has actively been searching for help. Having a child also draws differences between the two women – Kamina has a different kind of maturity and sensibility because of Jean-Pierre than Zakithi. 

The similarities are very present too. These two women have had to overcome a lot of pain, their lives have been filled with extreme challenges and obstacles that have shaped them and at times broken them. That’s where it all starts for these women, but their lives are very different as the story progresses. I love playing roles like that where the character has to constantly overcome obstacles and challenges, it’s real and relatable.

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FINALLY!!! I can scream it from the roof tops! Yes I’m back on screen ladies and gentlemen!! On the QUEEN! Thank you to the Ferguson’s and their entire team for this opportunity... thank you for trusting me to breathe life into Kamina. Thank you Thank you to the amazingly TALENTED and PROFESSIONAL cast and crew for accepting me and my crazy - lol I really don’t think y’all had much of a choice because y’all are all WILD too - crazy wild butts and heeeeeads to be exact!! ???? (keep swiping for a little butts and heads jiggy time on set) Mzsnsi I hope you all feel the absolute love passion and fire that went into making this storyline .... Join us every Monday to Friday at 21:00 on The Queen Mzansi (as I’m sure you already are ??) for an amazing wild crazy and gut wrenching journey. So much excitement and DRAMA is coming your way !!! à demain soir tout le monde! #thequeenmzansi #actress #kamina

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4. What do you enjoy most about playing Kamina?

I enjoy everything about playing Kamina.  She is so different to me and I love that. I’m definitely the kind of actress that enjoys crawling into the bosom of the character. I enjoy crawling deep within the character and nestling myself into the hopes, fears, dreams and objectives of this person who I don’t know. I enjoy sinking into the depths of what it means to be this person physically emotionally psychologically etc. She keeps me on my toes!

5. What can viewers expect from Kamina?

There is a lot in store when it comes to Kamina and this storyline in general. Kamina has been through unthinkable pain. She has had to survive and she will continue to survive in order to protect those she cares about and loves. She’s tender, complex and full of strength.

6. Are there any similarities between Kamina and Michelle?

I always gravitate toward roles that are very different to who I am. I want to scratch my head every time I get a script and think “woah, how am I going to do this?”. However, when I think about it hard enough I think Kamina and I are similar in that we always try to find hope in situations that often seem hopeless. 

Kamina found hope in Kagiso and vice-versa, she found hope even when he left and she was alone in the DRC, she kept on going. I find that to be a similar trait between the two of us. I always try to make the best of every situation and allow it to build me and make me a better person and artist.

7. What can Michelle’s fans expect from you next?

Well, I cannot give away too much but I am writing my own content and have been very inspired. I’m in talks with various directors and producers about new projects and roles for next year too. A lot more challenging roles are coming my way and I hope my supporters will enjoy the journey with me.

The Queens airs Monday - Friday at 21:00 on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161).

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