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Gail Mabalane, like other women in the
industry, has said women’s careers are
often negatively affected by pregnancy in the entertainment industry.
Speaking in an interview on Afternoon
Express SABC 3, the 33-year-old mother of two said film creators once changed
their minds after casting her and giving her a contract…simply because she was
pregnant with her first child, Zoe (3).
“I was cast. I got the role. They called me
in to just read with another actor that they were busy casting. I went in and I
was about five months pregnant. I just thought out of courtesy, because you
couldn't tell that I was pregnant, I thought let me tell them,” she said.
“Literally the next day, my legal guy was
busy going through my contract, so I had already received the contract, and
they were like 'No. Sorry. We're just not sure. We don't know.' I'm not sure if
it was 'we're not sure that you're going to lose the weight' but I just
couldn't believe it," she explained to the show’s presenters, Jeannie D
and Bonnie Mbuli.
Gail added that she would have given birth
already and her daughter would be 5 months by the time the film was to be shot.
“But you know what was incredible for me
was that these were women that were saying to me ‘Sorry, we’re just not sure if
we’re going to be able to do this’. So I think going back to work two months
later [after giving birth] was also just proving to myself that we can do it
all – it’s not easy, it’s very challenging, but you can if you put your mind to
Gail later shared that despite all the
negativity, she’s grateful that her husband, Kabelo Mabalane is a very hands-on
dad to their two children.