‘OPW’ marks Ler­ato’s re­turn to the lime­light

Ac­tress au­di­tioned for wed­ding gig three times be­fore with­out luck

Sowetan - - Timeout - By Pa­tience Bam­balele

Ac­tress Ler­ato Zah Moloi says land­ing pre­sent­ing and act­ing gigs marks her re­turn to the lime­light.

Moloi, who has been fly­ing be­low the radar for a while now, is set to present Our Per­fect Wed­ding (OPW) on Mzansi Magic. She will take over from Nomsa Buthelezi in De­cem­ber.

The star, who also ap­pears on Rhythm City, is con­fi­dent that she will do well.

The pretty host is ex­cited to fi­nally present the show after au­di­tion­ing three times with­out suc­cess.

Moloi will bring vast ex­pe­ri­ence hav­ing pre­sented shows such as Gospel Gold be­fore.

“For many years I wanted to be part of the show. I de­cided to audition be­cause I love the con­cept of OPW. It has been my dream to be at the fore front of Our Per­fect Wed­ding.”

The out­spo­ken Moloi has al­ready started film­ing the episodes of OPW and is en­joy­ing ev­ery minute of it. She says she is aware that the show has de­mand­ing view­ers who can be vi­cious at times.

“I know the kind of com­ments that pre­sen­ters get. I know that black Twit­ter can be so mean.”

Moloi ar­gues that she is com­ing into the show with an open mind, and she un­der­stands what is ex­pected of her.

She hopes to do well be­cause she is mul­ti­lin­gual and can

‘‘ You get to meet dif­fer­ent peo­ple from dif­fer­ent cul­tures

speak Venda, Tsonga, Zulu, Sotho and Pedi flu­ently.

“I am quite aware that the show is not about me. It is about the groom, bride and their fam­i­lies. My job is to make sure that I bring joy and fun to them,” she ex­plains.

“My big­gest weapon is that I know how to com­mu­ni­cate and re­late to dif­fer­ent peo­ple. I am go­ing to be re­spect­ful and I bring a pos­i­tive vibe.” Moloi is pleased to be part of

OPW be­cause it fo­cuses on wed­dings of or­di­nary peo­ple who are not pre­ten­tious.

She says the part she en­joys most is that it in­tro­duces her to di­verse cul­tures that ex­ist in SA.

“When do­ing this show, you get to meet dif­fer­ent peo­ple from dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

Un­like deal­ing with elites, these peo­ple love and care for you gen­uinely.”

The former Mu­vhango star does not mind trav­el­ling ev­ery week­end to shoot OPW since she deems her so­cial life as nonex­is­tent. She says she spends most of her week­end in the house with her ac­tress mother, Candy Moloi, and her five-year-old son. “I know that when I am trav­el­ling, I will miss my son. I hope that one day he will re­alise that I was do­ing this to make sure he has a bet­ter fu­ture.”

On her Rhythm City char­ac­ter, Moloi ex­plains that she is ex­cited that she has landed such a role. She plays a po­lice of­fi­cer. Moloi says it’s a prom­i­nent role and that she will be on screen for a while. She adds that she has learned to ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery op­por­tu­nity that comes her way and use it ap­pro­pri­ately.

“As you grow older, you learn to ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery op­por­tu­nity that God presents you. You be­gin to un­der­stand that if it was not for God, none of this could have hap­pened. What is hap­pen­ing cur­rently in my ca­reer, it is God’s work, it is not me.”

Moloi launched her name with the role of Re­filoe on the SABC2 soapie Mu­vhango. Since then, she has ap­peared in a num­ber of tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tions such as Skeem Saam, Rockville, Thola, Gaz’lam, Home Af­fairs, Izoso Con­nex­ion, Mtun­zini.com and Room 9.

Ler­ato Zah Moloi is the new pre­sen­ter of ‘ Our Per­fect Wed­ding’.

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