Thishiwe Ziqubu gets candid about The Imposter
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The first episode of Ferguson Films’ The Imposter was
nothing but lit. The storyline follows Mantwa who escapes from jail and kidnaps
her twin, Matshepo, so she can steal her life. The main character in the drama
series is Thishiwe Ziqubu, who plays both Mantwa and Matshepo. DRUM caught up
with the actress to talk about the role.
Tell us more about
Mantwa and Matshepo.
The one twin has spent 17 years in prison while the other
has been living it up. She’s married to a wealthy man and has a family. Mantwa
breaks out of prison takes over Matshepo’s life, her keeps her locked up in a
cage and fools the family and Matshepo’s husband.
Are you getting paid
double for playing both roles?
How does this role
differ from previous roles you’ve played?
The characters are two different people so there’s a lot of
work going into crossing over between them. Matshepo is, on the surface, a bit
shallow and materialistic. Mantwa is a character I’ve never played this well – that
one’s crazy, she’s a psychopath, I’ve never played a psychopath.
How do you go about
preparing for the role?
I have drawn from personal experience. I did research and
try to go into the heart of the characters.
How is it working with
Connie and Shona Ferguson?
Oh they’re great! I like the space they’ve given us to
create this masterpiece.
And working with Mary
She’s amazing, a genius – oh I love her. It was a touching
moment when she came to me and said, “Uyinja
(you’re the top dog)” – it shows she was very impressed with my work. So to
get a compliment like that from Mary Twala is priceless.
What more can we expect
from The Imposter?
A lot of twists and turns, drama, entertainment and an unexpected
story about the twins.
What’s your secret
Acting itself is a talent. What people wouldn’t know is
where I am able to go to get into character, and those are things you discover
as you play different scenes and get into challenges.
What’s next for you?
I’m going to rest. It’s been the most exhausting job this
year. So I just need a lot of rest, but I want to have a discussion with some
theatre producers about doing a play.
If you weren’t an
actress, you’d . . .?
Write and direct so I would always be working in
storytelling. I don’t see why I wouldn’t be acting though because I love acting
– it’s my heart.