Up close and personal with Xolani Mayekiso
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He first hit out screens in Generations: The Legacy in a supporting role and now he’s playing Thato in The Queen.
Xolani Mayekiso was born in Harrismith in the Free State and studied acting at Afda.
DRUM caught up with the 25-year-old to find more about his role in The Queen
From primary going through into school I’ve always loved acting, but I feel like acting chose me in a way.
How did you feel when you got the role in The Queen?
I didn’t believe it. I thought I was being pranked. This is a dream come true and I realise everything in life is coming together and God has a plan for my life.
How do would you describe your character, Thato?
The character is a kasi good boy, ambitious and has a lot to prove and extremely eccentric. He’s trying to forget his past and creative a positive future.
Is Thato similar to Xolani in any way?
He’s a kasi guy who’s more out there and louder, while I’m not from the kasi and I’m slightly discreet.
Are there any challenges you’ve faced playing Thato?
Yes. I’ve never been in the types of situations he’s been in, so I need to embody the character and that takes a lot out of me.
How does it feel to act alongside Connie and Shona Ferguson?
It’s very exciting, overwhelming and nerve-racking, but most of all it puts me on the edge of my seat and makes me want to do more.
Many celebs believe in building their brands on social media, but you’re not one of them. Why not?
I’m not quite sure about building a brand because I feel it’s still early for me to start thinking that far. Social media comes with a lot of complications. I just want to work and establish myself properly then build a brand, so there is no need for me to be on social media.