TV star Kabelo springs into a year of new beginnings
Actor picked up the pieces after a ‘chaotic’ 2016
Isidingo and The Queen actor Kabelo Moalusi is a new man.
He is the very quintessence of the lyrics “I’m born to love again” made famous by Brooks & Dunn’s 1991 song Brand New Man.
Moalusi says 2017 has been a year of new beginnings, professionally and personally. The father of two is the first to admit that last year was “chaotic” because of his divorce from his now ex-wife.
“2017 has been a fresh start. I think everyone should redefine themselves every five years. We were married for two years; we started separating on the third and eventually finalised the divorce on the fourth year.
“You look at your character. What could have caused certain things to collapse? You can’t blame everyone. It was very difficult, especially coming from a family that has never experienced divorce.”
The 33-year-old star has managed to pick up the pieces, and has found love again.
“I met someone else. I’m looking for a new life. Old wounds got healed, but there are lessons.
“You have to experience life as it comes. Even falling in love after getting divorced, I didn’t expect it. You have to let things go and accept things you cannot change,” he says.
On a cool spring morning, Moalusi arrives on a motorbike, 20 minutes early for our interview. It’s a rare virtue for an actor, since many are prone to chronic lateness.
He makes a great first impression and it’s not only because of his leading man good looks. He exudes a freespirited charm, good sense of humour and general likability. He’s unguarded, self-effacing and completely unaware of his celebrity status.
“I don’t enjoy the public atmosphere. That’s why I drive a bike. I hide my face and it gets me from point A to B,” he quips.
Moalusi is ready for his TV takeover as bad boy Ofentse Moloi on SABC3’s Isidingo.
When he’s not conspiring with his conniving mother Basetsana Moloi (Motshabi Tyelele), Ofentse is coming to blows with his cousin Sechaba Matabane (Motlatsi Mafatshe) or causing villain Barker Haines (Robert Whitehead) a cardiac arrest.
If he’s not wreaking havoc in fictional mining town Horizon Deep, Moalusi is providing some light comic relief as Roy Maake on Mzansi Magic telenovela, The Queen.
“Isidingo is the first production where I just fell into the storyline. I’m looking forward to how they open this character up,” he says excitedly.
Moalusi never dreamt of a career in acting. It was when he hit financial difficulty while studying that he tried acting for extra cash.
Subsequently, Moalusi got his first taste of fame on Backstage in 2006.
After his stint on the show, he travelled the globe as a model, ap pearing in adverts for Coca-Cola USA, T-Mobile UK as well as Nokia.
He eventually settled down back home and joined Generations: The Legacy in 2015 playing the character Siya Radebe.
“Certain things that I saw on Generations with other actors, I didn’t agree with. Certain people were engaged with other people, but they were doing stuff on the side,” he shares.
Born and bred in Kagiso on the West Rand, Moalusi has a twin sister, Keabetswe. Growing up, he dabbled in the property industry, which was a family business. He was expected to become a realtor.
When he is offscreen, Moalusi is an entrepreneur, running construction company Tlhabaki Projects – which is named after his paternal grandfather.
“I would like to grow in real estate and capture the Soweto market.
“With construction, I want to capture the Sandton market. The future is quite broad.”
‘ ‘ People were engaged but doing stuff on the side
The entrepreneur also also runs a construction company called Tlhabaki Projects.
Motshabi Tyelele and Kabelo Moalusi on ‘Isidingo’