Dear di­ary

Actress busi mt­shali cracks open than­deka’s di­ary for us.

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than­deka’s di­ary Sea­son 1 Mon­days SABC1 19:30

We got our first glimpse in­side than­deka’s (bu­sisiwe mt­shali) di­ary on mon­day 9 fe­bru­ary, and what a shock it was. school­girl than­deka may look meek and mousy on the out­side, but in­side, the girl is crazy. we needed more in­sider info on our new tv bestie, so we went to the per­son who knows ev­ery­thing about than­deka. no, not her mom. actress bu­sisiwe mt­shali (you may re­mem­ber her as scarra’s hooker girl­friend shirley in sea­son 1 of the mzansi magic se­ries mshika-shika in 2012) has the scoop…

how old are you and how old is Than­deka? i’m 23 turn­ing 24 this year and than­deka’s 16. What’s it like to go back to that time of your life? it was a lit­tle dif­fi­cult in the be­gin­ning be­cause i tried to take it back to how i was when i was 16. but once i re­alised that we’re two very dif­fer­ent peo­ple, it be­came eas­ier. than­deka is so­cially awk­ward and she’s al­ways try­ing to fit in. she doesn’t re­ally stand up for her­self ei­ther, whereas i’m very out­spo­ken and very forthright in my be­liefs. What have you changed about the way you move to play her? i had to re­ally draw into my­self. where i have what many peo­ple would call a mas­cu­line walk, i have to tone that down to make her smaller in pres­ence. my body frame is small but her pres­ence is a lot smaller than that. she’s very fid­gety and i’m not. i’ve had to find and deal with those things as a ref­er­ence point to re­mind me that right now it’s not about me – it’s about than­deka. have any of her ex­pe­ri­ences brought you back to that time? there’s a scene of her try­ing to fit in with the cool crew and she changes her look and short­ens her skirt and wears make-up to school in episode 1 (it aired on 9 fe­bru­ary). it took me back to when

the fam­ily (from left): malume (babsy selela), sihle (lwazi lubanzi), ayanda (katlego dinka), than­deka (bu­sisiwe mt­shali), sli (tumi mar­i­tile) and bheki

(skhumba hlophe).

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