Actress Nokubonga Khuzwayo of Imbewu: The Seed (PHOTO: NOKUKHUZWAYO TWITTER)
Corporate superior, Zakithi is intimidating and not
even Nokubonga can handle her.
“My character is stern and dedicated to her
job. Brave and bold, best describe her and she sometimes scares me,” she laughs.
Having grown up in the township of Umlazi,
east of KwaZulu-Natal, 35-year-old Nokubonga says she never saw a lot of people
who were in corporate and enjoys playing a role she isn’t really familiar with.
“I enjoy playing a character that is not
me. I love that she is a corporate giant and leads in a male dominated space in
her pencil skirts. Growing up in Umlazi I saw a lot of teachers and policemen.
I didn’t know of any CEOs and CFOs,” she adds.
“I had been in theatre all my life and was
looking forward to a new challenge. I got nervous when I realised I would be
playing a big role and freaked out a bit more when I realised I would be
working with the likes of Leleti Khumalo, Mpumelelo Bhulose, Thembi
Mtshali-Jones and now Tony Kgoroge. It was surreal,” says the gifted actress.
Even though she has been on the show for
more than a year, Nokubonga says the feeling doesn’t gets old.Fans of the show already know that Nokubonga has an identical twin sister,
Nokwanda, who plays Futhi. The pair plays sisters on the show and are hard to
tell apart. Nokubonga says she has always wanted to act with her sister and is
glad the opportunity has availed itself.