Thapelo Mokoena talks about his new role on Broken Vows
Thapelo Mokoena (Photo: Supplied)
Cape Town - We talk to accomplished local actor, Thapelo Mokoena, about his role in the brand-new e.tv telenovela, Broken Vows.
The new telenovela takes us into the world of wedding event management and follows two young women, Azania (Enhle Maphumulo) and Thandi (Jo-Anne Reyneke) as they juggle between running a successful wedding planning company and keeping their deep and dark secrets of their lives under the carpet.
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About his new partnership with e.tv the actor says, "As an actor, as an artist and a storyteller it's definitely a fresh new journey." "It feels like a new girlfriend," he laughs.
"It's my first big partnership with e.tv which is quit exciting. As artist we don't just service ideas or production companies. We partner up with broadcasters and it's a creative process," he explains.
"I'm selective about my associations and I value my work as an actor, but this by far is one of the most meaningful partnerships in my career."
Thapelo, who plays a journalist called Uhuru, was immediately drawn to the role," A great concept was presented to myself and my agent. A great character was put across and I couldn't ignore it. I was in a different production at the time, but I had to have my chance."
Thapelo, who has been on set filming for five weeks, says, "Needless to say, I think that everything has worked out beautifully and I'm part of a great team."
When asked about his character he says, "He is an amazing character to play. He is a journalist. He is constantly chasing the truth and chasing the story. At the top of the show you meet him just coming back from the Congo. Having escaped captivity in the Congo he makes it home. And what unfolds from there is quit dynamic."
Full of praise for the production team and cast he says, "This concept is not like something I've seen on TV before. The character is nothing like any other character that I've played before or that I've seen on TV. So immediately I was attracted to it. It was appealing to me. I got quite excited to play this character, Uhuru and I'm excited to be part of the world of wedding event management."
"If you saw the rest of cast, you would really be blow away. It's one of the most exciting journeys for myself."
"Original content and an original story, great and original script writing, riveting performances," he goes on to say.
"Every day on set when we're making this [show] we give each other this look that's 'oh we got on'. We know it and we feel it. And there is nothing more exciting than waking up in the morning to service a story that you believe in. I'm not just doing this for the cheque at the end of day. It's a calling, it's a purpose. Every day on this set feels like I'm part of the next big thing on TV," he explains.
He ends of by saying, "Let's consume our very own local product just like we consume international products. Especially with Broken Vows you'll be able to see that we have indeed arrived, African storytelling has gone global in its measure."Catch Broken Vows from Monday, 10 April at 20:00 on e.tv (Dstv 194) and eHD (DStv 104).