Cele’s pa­tience fi­nally pays off

Lesotho Times - - Weekender -

RING of Lies star Baby Cele has been wait­ing for more than a decade just to get the chance to act in Isidingo on SABC3.

Cele said the chance al­most hap­pened years ago when the soapie was just start­ing, but it never ma­te­ri­alised.

At last, the star who ap­pears on the Mzansi Magic drama series joins the Isidingo cast as Colonel Si­bongile Nene.

She de­fined her char­ac­ter as a fear­less women and cru­sader for jus­tice, who will do what­ever it takes to make sure jus­tice is served.

Nene is the po­lice of­fi­cer who has been men­tioned in con­ver­sa­tions for the past three years, and will fi­nally be re­vealed on Au­gust 12.

Cele ad­mit­ted the char­ac­ter has pushed her out of her com­fort zone.

She had to dig deep, which in­cluded learn­ing po­lice ter­mi­nol­ogy.

“I feel like I am act­ing for the first time, though I have been act­ing be­fore,” said the ac­tress who boasts 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence.

“When I landed the role of Ruth in Ring of Lies, I thought that was chal­leng­ing, un­til I took on this one. I have re­alised this is the most chal­leng­ing char­ac­ter in my ca­reer.”

Cele said Nene is a wo­man who sees her po­lice ca­reer as the ul­ti­mate ser­vice to the pub­lic, which she would will­ingly trade her life for.

“She has great com­pas­sion for hard-work­ing mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. She will never al­low her moral in­tegrity to be com­pro­mised.”

As much as she knows that she was born to act, Cele ad­mit­ted that shoot­ing two shows (Ring of Lies and Za­bal­aza) a day was hec­tic.

Cele’s sched­ule was so hec­tic she even de­vel­oped mild de­pres­sion.

“My day would start with Za­bal­aza, and af­ter lunch I would be re­hears­ing my lines while driv­ing to the Ring of Lies set.

“We were shoot­ing even on Satur­day. My body just could not take it.”

The ac­tress whose ca­reer be­gan with Sara­fina!, has been able to bal­ance her ca­reer and be­ing a mother.

Cele mar­ried Mandla Mabuza in 2009, but they have sep­a­rated.

The sea­soned ac­tress said it just did not work out. — sowe­tan­live.co.za

Ac­tress BABY CELE joins Isidingo CAST.

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