Screen queen

More than just a pretty face, Khanyi Mbau’s rein­vented her­self and may just be the next queen of talk.

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Katch It With Khanyi

Sea­son 3 Mon­days e.tv 18:00

Three sea­sons ago, Katch It With Khanyi (2013- cur­rent) was an at­tempt for con­tro­ver­sial Khanyi Mbau to rise above her in­fa­mous for­mer life­style of gold- dig­ging and dat­ing mar­ried men with fast cars. To­day, with a view­er­ship of over half a mil­lion weekly, the re­formed spoilt lit­tle rich girl has be­come a house­hold name – for all the right rea­sons this time. Sit­ting down with the likes of first lady Tho­bela Madiba Zuma and con­tro­ver­sial pop stars like Mshoza and Tina Dlang­wana, she’s earned her stripes when it comes to get­ting peo­ple to talk. Now it’s our turn…

This is your first crack at talk TV – how’s

the ex­pe­ri­ence been? It’s like ther­apy. It’s heal­ing to help peo­ple off­load and it’s helped me be at peace with many things in my life. Any­one who knows me can see a calm­ness about me now.

What would you say is the se­cret to be­ing

a suc­cess­ful talk­show host? Bring your­self to the ta­ble and for­get about ev­ery­thing else that could in­flu­ence you. For­get about pop cul­ture, your fans and how big you are. Be open to opin­ions and dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives.

Do you be­lieve that you’ve rein­vented

your­self? Yes, but it wasn’t in­ten­tional. It hap­pened on its own as I grew both in years and ex­pe­ri­ence.

So how do your per­sonal is­sues af­fect the

top­ics that you ad­dress? Most of the top­ics are un­for­tu­nate and trau­matic, re­flect­ing the is­sues I’ve been through, so it’s easy to re­late. Whether it’s loss, sor­row or dis­crim­i­na­tion, I’ve been there and done that.

Is there any­one you think could do your

job just as well as you’re do­ing? Bon­nie Mbuli, with­out a doubt. Out of the three girls on Af­ter­noon Ex­press [week­days on SABC3 at 16:00 in 3Talk’s for­mer times­lot], she’s the belle of the ball, sim­ply be­cause she has a story be­hind her name. South Africans love some­one with a come­back story. I think that Os­car Pis­to­rius will also be an icon one day when he comes back. With this job, you can’t just rep­re­sent the light with­out hav­ing been in the dark­ness.

How are you tak­ing the over­whelm­ing

re­sponse to your show? It to­tally took me by sur­prise. If you’d told me four years ago that I’d be host­ing this show, I’d have laughed so hard. Peo­ple never thought that I had the sense or depth.

So how has your life changed over the last

five years? I’ve ma­tured and learnt the value of life, time and be­ing sen­ti­men­tal about things I took for granted. We were in­tro­duced to you as an actress in 2004 as Doob­sie on Mu­vhango. How are you find­ing your cur­rent act­ing roles? My old char­ac­ters were based on the life­style that I led at the time and now that I’m a more in­flu­en­tial per­son, it’s re­flected in the char­ac­ters I play. And which char­ac­ter’s been your favourite? Doob­sie, from 2004 to 2005. The pres­sure of fill­ing some­one else’s shoes in the role re­ally chal­lenged me [she took over the role from Lindiwe Chibi]. So do you be­lieve that you have the gift of the gab or have you honed your skills? It’s

a call­ing. I was born to do this. If you weren’t in en­ter­tain­ment, where

would you be? I’d be a psy­chol­o­gist. I’m al­ready an agony aunt in a Sun­day news­pa­per. I al­ways evoke emo­tion, whether neg­a­tive or pos­i­tive.

And would you ad­vise your daugh­ter to join the in­dus­try af­ter what you’ve been

through be­fore reach­ing this point? I’d cry and be very sad, but I’d bar­gain with her to get a good ed­u­ca­tion first. It would have to be a hobby.

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