TV Plus (South Africa) - - 18 FEBRUARY -

The first time that we took no­tice of Brenda Ngx­oli was in 2005, when the 35-year-old made her “se-ree-yas” de­but in the hi­lar­i­ous Polka in­ter­net TV ads. Since then, she’s had roles in dra­mas Home Affairs (2005-2010) as Vuyokazi and Rockville (2013-2015) as Gla­dys, as well as play­ing In­no­cence in the Spud (2009-2014) movie tril­ogy. The Cape Town-born ac­tress says that she likes roles that chal­lenge her – like her new gig as Kitt on mu­sic-themed drama Hus­tle (2016-cur­rent). Kitt is a mul­ti­award-win­ning pop star whose ca­reer tanked due to her reck­less­ness, but she is about to make her big come­back…

What is Hus­tle all about? The SA mu­sic in­dus­try at the mo­ment. It has its highs, its lows and its many shades of grey. How would you de­scribe Kitt? She’s a star in the mak­ing and is loved by ev­ery­one, but she has her weak­ness and she’s filled with very tragic flaws. The peo­ple who work with her wish that she would just come right. So how did you pre­pare for the role? My act­ing process is pri­vate, so un­for­tu­nately I can’t share that in­for­ma­tion. But I can say that I have amaz­ing sup­port and guid­ance from my friend Zolisa Xaluva (Syd­ney on Za­bal­aza – see more on p32), who also acts in Hus­tle, as well as über-tal­ented di­rec­tor Jah­mil Qhubeka, whom I call South Africa’s Spike Lee. What was it like work­ing along­side Dineo Ranaka, Zolisa, An­gela Sit­hole and Masello Mon­tana? I love my work and it doesn’t mat­ter who I work with. I al­ways strive to bring the most pro­fes­sional Brenda Ngx­oli to work in or­der to not un­der­mine the process. And what other projects are you work­ing on? I’m busy with SABC1 com­edy show SES’top La’s (2012-cur­rent) sea­son 3.

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