‘Don’t judge me by my looks’

Khanya talks about the strug­gles she faced to break into the act­ing in­dus­try

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Atha­bile Mrasi

ALTHOUGH the gor­geous ac­tress and Se­li­math­unzi pre­sen­ter, Khanya Mkhangisa (29), strug­gles with not be­ing taken se­ri­ously in the act­ing in­dus­try, she has used the set­back to her ad­van­tage. That’s why she can re­late eas­ily with her char­ac­ter, Tshep­iso, on e.tv’s Har­vest.


Tshep­iso is a young and naive tro­phy wife who knows noth­ing about her hus­band’s il­le­gal busi­ness deal­ings. Af­ter her hus­band’s death, she finds her­self hav­ing to take over his busi­ness. Most peo­ple do not be­lieve that she can pull it off. Khanya’s life was ex­actly the same when she de­cided to ven­ture into the act­ing in­dus­try.

“The pro­duc­ers thought I couldn’t re­ally act the first time they saw me with­out even giv­ing me the chance to prove my­self,” says Khanya.

“Be­ing judged be­fore peo­ple even knew me has al­ways been my strug­gle. I had to prove my­self extra hard be­cause peo­ple saw the YO.TV girl. But I for­tu­nately got a chance to prove my­self.”


Khanya got her break into the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try 13 years ago and she has turned into a colour­ful but­ter­fly. Look­ing at her now, one would swear she has had a smooth ride but she says the in­dus­try is not as rosy as it ap­pears.

“Even though I have never been in a po­si­tion where I wanted to give up, it has not been that easy for me. I re­mem­ber the chal­lenges I faced when I started act­ing,” shares Khanya.

“At times, I would nail an au­di­tion but would not un­der­stand why I didn’t get the part.” FIND­ING FRIENDS AND LOVE Though she is re­luc­tant to talk about mat­ters of the heart, Khanya tells Move! that if she finds some­one she will em­brace it be­cause she does not be­lieve in be­ing cal­cu­la­tive.

“I can­not con­firm whether I am in a re­la­tion­ship or not be­cause once you an­nounce it, you put your­self un­der the pub­lic’s scru­tiny,” says Khanya.

Although celebville can be cruel with com­peti­tors and back­stab­bers, Khanya says she is for­tu­nate that she gets along with al­most every­one. Her bub­bly per­son­al­ity is surely help­ing her in this re­gard.

“For some rea­son, I re­late well with most peo­ple. I don’t re­mem­ber hav­ing a beef with any­one in or out­side of the in­dus­try,” she says.

“But if I have to choose one per­son I would say is my best friend, it will be Boity (Thulo) be­cause she is the one per­son I al­ways speak to. But I love and re­spect my friends for who they re­ally are.”


Apart from be­ing an ac­tress, Khanya is also a ra­dio pre­sen­ter at youth sta­tion – YFM.

She has been flour­ish­ing and bless­ings have been pour­ing like rain in her life. Many won­der how and where she gets her in­spi­ra­tion.

She says want­ing to be great at all times is what keeps her mo­ti­vated and go­ing.

“I ac­tu­ally in­spire my­self. Want­ing to do great things and make my mother and my­self proud is the rea­son I work re­ally hard,” she says.

“But while grow­ing up, I al­ways looked up to Khanyi Dhlomo (busi­ness woman) when she was read­ing the news on tele­vi­sion. As a re­sult, I also wanted to be a news reader at some point in my life.”

Ac­tress Khanya Mkhangisa says what mo­ti­vates her is the de­sire to be great

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