Khaya Dladla: ‘Playing a gay character isn’t as easy as people think it is’
Khaya Dladla. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES)
Flamboyant Uzalo actor, Khaya Dladla, might
be a natural performer at heart but doing what he does isn’t a walk in the
Contrary to what people may think, being gay
and playing a gay character on the SABC1 drama series does not mean there is
not much effort he puts into his craft. In an interview with Move!, he opens up
about how changes on Uzalo will affect him, challenges in the industry and
plans of growing his brand.
BECOMES A FAVOURITE
Five years ago, after years of theatre
training, Khaya was given an opportunity to be on one of the biggest shows on
TV. Because of an undeniable, bold and funny character, GC soon became one of
the main attractions of the show.
“Playing a gay character isn’t as easy as
people think it is,” he says. Khaya says because of being loved for this
stellar role, it becomes a bit of a challenge for people to recognise him as
‘Khaya’ the real person when he is not on TV as many of his fans call him GC
when he meets them.
LEAVING THE SHOW?
As Uzalo enters its fifth season, there
have been many unexpected exits from actors. Also, with these changes, it seems
GC will not be a permanent feature on the show. While it has been confirmed
that Ntokozo Dlamini, who plays Mastermind, the criminal with a heart of gold
Mxolisi Mdletshe, played by Naymaps Maphalala, KwaMashu’s favourite hairdresser
Thobile, portrayed by Nokuthula Mabika, the troubled Pastor Mdletshe, played by
Glen Gabela, have said their goodbyes, GC’s stay on the show has been altered a
When asked about where he will be in the
show, he gives an uncertain response. “I will not be on the show a lot as I
will be a ‘call actor’ meaning they will call me when I am needed,” the Gagasi
FM radio host says.
Even though there is a lot uncertainty
about the future of his character, he says he will show up when he is called.
“I love the show. I have had a great time on Uzalo and a lot of growth has come
with being on the show,” he says.
For fans who are worried about how often
they will be seeing their favourite drama queen on TV, he says, “I can’t put
them at ease. I don’t I know how often I will be on TV.”
Apart from Uzalo, Khaya says he has other
plans in the pipeline such as a sneaker range which he is launching at the end
of this month. He has also made a name for himself as a radio host. “I
appreciate the love they give GC but I would also like people to fall in love
with the ‘Khaya’ brand because these are two different people,” he says.