The ladies are back for less cleaning up and more man-hunting in season 2 of sitcom Abo Mzala.
Going to Jozi to become a domestic worker isn’t all faulty vacuums and bossy madams on Abo Mzala (2011current). For friends Thandi (Nomsa Buthelezi), Zodwa (Thembsie Matu), Thuli (Nqobile Sipamla) and Ella (Salamina Mosese), it’s the chance to escape their rural lives and find rich guys to sweep them off their feet and out of poverty. It’s been three years since the foursome hit our screens and we’re letting you in on what to expect with the ladies, along with Thuli’s eccentric madam Mrs Flamming (Jennifer Steyn) and her flamboyant son Jason (Wade Delagey). And there’s a new lady joining when Ella wins a trip to the US and gets her cousin Lala (Rami Chuene) to fill in…
You’re described as the “hurricane” of the
group… More like fire-cracker! Thandi is sexy, talkative and extraordinary. And she’s the biggest man-eater of them all.
How has she changed since season 1? She’s worse now [Laughs]. She’s ditched her Ronald McDonald eyebrows and now aims higher when it comes to men –
doctors, lawyers and even (model and actor) Maps Maponyane! So she’s evolving! Should we expect a
married Thandi in season 3? I think within two episodes of season 3, she will have what she’s after.
You’re a new face to the show. How are you
finding Zodwa? While I’m the complete opposite, I play a stern character on Rhythm City (Sis Bee), so I enjoy playing Zodwa the disciplinarian. Although I’m told to be less funny as my own personality sometimes comes through.
Do you find that challenging? I auditioned for Thandi in season 1 and we have similar personalities, but Nomsa and I can’t be loud and colourful at the same level.
How does Zodwa relate to the other ladies? She’s the only one who isn’t a maid as she owns a spaza shop and sees herself as an entrepreneur and therefore better. I think it creates a balance.
We last saw you as Muvhango’s Khomotjo. How’s the transition from drama to comedy
been? Your creative licence is bigger in comedy. You have to think on your feet because these ladies improvise a lot.
Describe Lala. She knows everything but cleaning. She’s misguided about fashion, lazy and is just after a good time. She’s not very streetwise either.
How’s she fitting in? She loves attention and thinks that she makes an impression on the other ladies.
What’s new for Thuli in season 2? She is fiercer, with a wild streak and she’s a lot more desperate to find a man. She’s more curious and wants to tap into the world by mimicking TV characters. So how is she dealing with new addition Lala? She’s tolerating her to a certain extent and doesn’t pretend to be happy about her presence as she misses Ella. And relations between Thuli and Mrs Flamming? Theirs is more of a friendship, not just a relationship between employee and employer. It’s strengthened and challenged. Thuli also bonds a lot more with Jason.
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