Home­grown ac­tress lands TV role in US

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PEARL THUSI un­doubt­edly had a bet­ter 2016 than many other peo­ple.

She landed a role in Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion se­ries Quan­tico mak­ing her star rise even higher.

The tal­ented mother of one is not new to the act­ing scene as she has had sev­eral roles in shows such as Isidingo, Zone 14, Rhythm City, Soul City and fea­ture

film Kalushi: The Solomon Mahlangu Story, here at home.

She didn’t know what to ex­pect when she first started shoot­ing scenes with the likes of Blair Un­der­wood and Priyanka Cho­pra for the sec­ond sea­son of Quan­tico.

“Every­one is so down-toearth and per­son­able. There are ab­so­lutely no egos or weird vibes, it’s re­laxed but ex­tremely pro­fes­sional,” she said.

Thusi said the ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with a large pro­fes­sional group of peo­ple has con­trib­uted a lot to her ca­reer and her self-es­teem as there is so much to learn.

“Every­one just wants to have a re­laxed and good time at work and go home. There’s no hid­ing in trail­ers – every­one is sup­port­ive and re­ally in­vested in mak­ing sure the story works and the char­ac­ters are well-rounded and be­liev­able.”

Her char­ac­ter on the show, Dayana Mam­pasi, is a lawyer who strug­gles to fit in. She said she was ex­cited to see what hap­pens to her char­ac­ter as the sea­son rolls out and what it will mean for other ac­tors from South Africa.

“I feel like I’ve grown im­mea­sur­ably. I hope that we re­ceive and also cre­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties like this as a col­lec­tive.”

Liv­ing and work­ing in Amer­ica was quite an ad­just­ment for the ac­tress. But, even though she misses be­ing at home, she has re­alised just how much big­ger the world is and that there is so much to take ad­van­tage of.

She also said she felt ful­filled be­ing overseas.

“I had some teething prob­lems, but I am hav­ing an amaz­ing time. New York is such an in­cred­i­bly di­verse and mag­i­cal place with lots of vi­brancy and en­ergy. It feels like home.

“South Africa is just a mi­cro­cosm of what the world has to of­fer.”

She also said com­pe­ti­tion was “in­sane” in the US and this has pro­pelled her to work that much harder and main­tain a good work ethic.

Thusi has made many con­nec­tions through peo­ple from home while liv­ing in New York.

She be­lieves in the power of word of mouth and has made sure to al­ways re­spect peo­ple. “There is so much we can take ad­van­tage of out there if we just work hard and keep be­liev­ing.”

In 2016 Thusi ex­pe­ri­enced many ex­tremes, learn­ing that ev­ery high has a low and vice versa.

“You must have the one to ap­pre­ci­ate the other, and that’s okay. We al­ways nod to the the­ory of this but it al­ways feels brand new when ex­pe­ri­ence teaches you again.”

This year, Thusi hopes to achieve all that is meant for her. She has a plan, some­thing she al­ways makes sure she has in place, but she also knows any­thing can hap­pen.

“As I’ve come to learn, some­times some­thing greater is what I’m meant to achieve. I hope to find that out and be pre­pared for it.”

LEARN­ING CURVE: Pearl Thusi is ready for any­thing, now that she has suc­ceeded overseas.

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