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.