'I will never get married again'
Mary Twala shares why she still holds her husband’s memory close to her heart and her secret to success
VETERAN actress, Mary Twala, has been in showbiz for about 50 years and says she sees no reason to retire. She has made a success of her life, even after she was left alone with her famous son, Somizi Mhlongo, after her husband, Ndaba Mhlongo, passed away many years ago.
NO OTHER MAN FOR HER
The 78-year-old legend says even though she shot to fame a long time ago, she never saw herself doing anything else other than acting.
After the passing of her husband, who was also an actor, Mary never remarried. She says this is a conscious decision. “I will not remarry. What will a man do for me? I need no man next to me,” she says.
When asked why she never used her husband’s surname, she says she was already famous when she got married and well-known as Mary Twala.
A LOVING MOTHER
Mary’s acting has brought her into many homes across the country for decades, with roles on many popular shows such as Sarafina, Undenzani Mmelwane, Generations, Muvhango, Yizo Yizo and now Imposter on Mzansi Magic.
She promises that she’ll act as long as she still has the strength to go on.
“I was born to act. Age doesn’t matter, as long as I can still read and walk, I will carry on acting.”
She says her character loves her son, but is not getting on well with his wife. This is because the son is the breadwinner and she feels like the daughter-in-law will replace her.
Mary is different to her character because although she loves her son Somizi, she is not overprotective of him.
“He has to be free to enjoy his life,” she says.
THERE’S NOTHING STOPPING HER
Mary attributes her success and longevity in showbiz to the love she has for her craft.
“When you love something you will do it. Have the love for it so you can do it well. Don’t force matters. When you don’t know something, just ask. There are people who are still helping me to this day. I learn something new every day. I don’t act as if I know everything,” she says.
She says showbiz runs in the family as her granddaughter, Bahumi, is also venturing into the industry. “We’re all very supportive of her. She has it in her. So why not give the child a chance?”
HE HAS TO BE FREE TO ENJOY HIS LIFE
Mary Twala says her parents never got in the way of her pursuing her acting career as they saw her talent from when she was a child