Love back

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with a south african film & tele­vi­sion award un­der his belt for his first act­ing gig at just 22 (for bay of plenty, 20072008), ac­tor, co­me­dian and tv pre­sen­ter thomas gumede has proven that he’s not just a funny guy. after work­ing on nu­mer­ous films and tv se­ries, in­clud­ing star­ring in and ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ing one of vuzu’s first re­al­ity tv shows, for­ever young (2012-2013), the 29-year-old is pre­sent­ing and pro­duc­ing love back. it fol­lows hope­less ro­man­tics who want a sec­ond chance from their exes.

be hon­est: would you be on the show if you weren’t pre­sent­ing it? some of my per­sonal life was aired on for­ever young sea­son 1, so peo­ple have seen my re­la­tion­ship with my ex. i’ve al­ready sold my soul in that re­gard, so i wouldn’t do it again. What’s been your most mem­o­rable episode so far? it’s a brand-new for­mat, so the en­tire se­ries is ex­cit­ing. each episode is unique, but i’d give episode 2 (on 18 jan­uary) full marks and the oth­ers 99 out of 100. anisa and ger­ald share a child and he lives in zim­babwe. that’s what makes her “love back” so emo­tional. Are you a hope­less ro­man­tic who be­lieves in sec­ond chances or a re­al­ist who be­lieves in mov­ing on? i’m a hope­less ro­man­tic who be­lieves in love and try­ing again. pride shouldn’t play a role in love. but at the same time, if your ef­forts fail, you should prob­a­bly move on. What’s the one thing that peo­ple will never find out about you – even on Google? i’m emotionally sen­si­tive and it’s not al­ways the best trait, but it keeps me in touch with my feel­ings, which is im­por­tant. You’re an ac­tor, pre­sen­ter and stand-up co­me­dian, but which are you most com­fort­able with? they all stem from act­ing, in my opin­ion. pre­sent­ing in­volves a script and com­edy in­volves be­ing on stage, so i re­ally can’t pick a favourite.

thomas gumede’s got stars in his eyes and he’s grab­bing

them with both hands.

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