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