Salam­ina Mos­ese spreads her wings

Pro­ducer and ac­tor talks about her new film and cel­e­brat­ing 10 years of mar­riage

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Boi­tumelo Mat­shaba

EV­ERY­DAY WOMEN IN­SPIRED THE MOVIE

VIEW­ERS first came to know ac­tress Salam­ina Mos­ese (35) when she graced our TV screens at just the age of 14 on Soul Bud­dyz, an ed­u­ca­tional chil­dren’s show. She has moved up the ranks as she is now a pro­ducer of a trend­ing fea­ture film ti­tled Baby Ma­mas. Salam­ina also talks to Move! about cel­e­brat­ing 10 years of mar­riage with her ac­tor hus­band Tshepo ‘Howza’ Mos­ese (35).

A DECADE OF MAR­RIAGE

With the di­vorce stats sky high, it is still a sur­prise to see cou­ples cel­e­brate a decade in mar­riage. Salam­ina and her hus­band, who is also an ac­tor, have been mar­ried for 10 years and are still go­ing strong. They met on the set of old TV soapie, Back­stage. Af­ter a few months, Howza was ready to take their re­la­tion­ship to the next level. The pro­ducer, and mom to a daugh­ter, has noth­ing but good things to say about her hubby.

“Tshepo is a won­der­ful per­son. He is my best friend and this is our foun­da­tion. Our mar­riage is one where we al­low each other space to grow, change and evolve. We en­cour­age each other to bet­ter our­selves and we com­mu­ni­cate well,” she says. One of Salam­ina’s favourite things about Howza is that he is a won­der­ful fa­ther.

“He and our daugh­ter have such a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship. It’s like they are friends. When­ever we travel as a fam­ily, we have such won­der­ful times. He in­spires me daily,” she says.

BABY MAMA DRAMA

Baby Mama, which Salam­ina co-pro­duced with her friend Stephina Zwane, is a film about four women in dif­fer­ent stages of their own baby mama drama. It’s a com­edy drama that high­lights re­la­tion­ships, par­ent­ing, friend­ship, search for love, bal­anc­ing life, ca­reer, fash­ion, as well co-par­ent­ing and baby dad­dies. The for­mer Soul City ac­tress says reg­u­lar women in­spired the movie.

“Ev­ery­day women in­spired the movie, es­pe­cially sin­gle women rais­ing kids and climb­ing cor­po­rate lad­ders,” she says.

“We know so many in­cred­i­ble women man­ag­ing life af­ter failed re­la­tion­ships, and still do­ing all of this with dig­nity, love and still man­ag­ing to look great ev­ery day. This film was in­spired by those women and their sto­ries of mother­hood.”

The movie has an all-star cast, with the likes of ra­dio per­son­al­ity Di­neo Ranaka, ac­tress and pre­sen­ter, Them­bisa Mdoda, and Salam­ina, to name a few. The movie hit the cin­e­mas on Fri­day, 12 Oc­to­ber, and has kept so­cial me­dia a buzz.

When asked why South Africans should watch the movie she says, “They will not only see some of their favourite South African ac­tors, but they will also re­late to the char­ac­ters and fall in love with their jour­neys.

We have had the op­por­tu­nity to show the film to au­di­ences in Toronto, New York, La­gos and in Dur­ban dur­ing the Dur­ban In­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­val in July, and in all these places we had great au­di­ences who all con­nected with the story and laughed from start to fin­ish.”

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