Them­bisa’s hon­ing her act­ing chops

CityPress - - News - PHUTI MATHOBELA and BU­SISIWE MBOYISA phuti.mathobela@city­

Ac­tress and TV host Them­bisa Mdoda has a sim­ple, straight­for­ward ca­reer plan: to be the best in her field. “This has been my year of bless­ings, from scoop­ing awards and do­ing a ra­dio show on Touch HD to act­ing in a movie,” she says.

This shows that her plan is work­ing.

The 34-year-old walked away with a Golden Horn for Favourite TV Pre­sen­ter at the SA Film and Tele­vi­sion Awards in March, for pre­sent­ing the hit re­al­ity show Our Per­fect Wed­ding. And, last month, she clinched two tro­phies at the in­au­gu­ral DStv Mzansi Magic View­ers’ Choice Awards, win­ning in the TV Pre­sen­ter and Ul­ti­mate View­ers’ Choice cat­e­gories. Mdoda plans to re­turn to her first love: the­atre. So, when she is not learn­ing her lines from a script, she is slog­ging away at the gym “to gain some stamina” and pre­pare men­tally for ap­pear­ing on stage.

“It is go­ing to be a lit­tle tough for me now that I have left Our Per­fect Wed­ding af­ter nearly two years on the show, but I feel up to the chal­lenge,” she says, adding that she will al­ways cher­ish the wed­ding show for help­ing her build a name for her­self and giv­ing her the free­dom to ex­plore her tal­ent.

The ac­tress has been work­ing on a film with other big names such as Di­neo Ranaka, Salam­ina Mos­ese and Sthem­biso “SK” Khoza. Billed as a ro­man­tic com­edy, it tells the story of four women who are in var­i­ous stages of be­ing a “baby mama”. It is set for re­lease next year. Mdoda says she en­joyed be­ing on set and ap­pre­ci­ated the team spirit and fe­male ca­ma­raderie dur­ing film­ing. “It was so won­der­ful work­ing with my co-stars on the film,” she says. So much so that it gave the lie to the “stereo­type that women can­not work to­gether”. Mdoda adds that peo­ple will en­joy the movie as it deals with the themes of fam­ily, love, the ups and downs that women ex­pe­ri­ence in life and the value of friend­ship.

Mdoda, who is the for­mer wife of ac­tor Atandwa Kani, says she has moved on be­cause she still be­lieves in love. She ad­mits that the breakup of her mar­riage was rough, but is op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture – es­pe­cially now that she has a new man in her life. We press her for de­tails, but she re­fuses to di­vulge his iden­tity, telling us in­stead of her other pas­sion – fashion. “I used to watch my lovely mother, how she wore her dresses,” she says, adding that she used to help to style her mum when she was go­ing on a night out with her dad.

“I would love to have my own fashion line in the fu­ture and style women of dif­fer­ent sizes and cul­tures,” she says.

Them­bisa Mdoda

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