Mother dear­est

Naledi’s glam­orous mom Yvonne Thebe comes breez­ing into New­town.

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When Naledi (Di­neo Moeketsi) calls an ur­gent Thebe family meet­ing on Fri­day 24 June, the last per­son she’s ex­pect­ing to an­swer that call is her own mother. Yvonne Thebe (Kgomotso Christo­pher) stayed away dur­ing the (off­screen) funeral for Naledi’s late brother Thateho and there was also no sign of her when Naledi was in a coma fol­low­ing her run-in with Them­beka (Masasa Mban­geni) in De­cem­ber 2015. But here she comes on Thurs­day 30 June, look­ing ev­ery inch the de­voted mamma…


The Thebes have been a class act and Yvonne is no ex­cep­tion the first time we see her, on Thurs­day 30 June. “Her wardrobe tells us that she’s a wo­man with a very ma­ture and ex­pen­sive taste. She’s a wo­man with style,” says Kgomotso. “Yvonne’s wardrobe tells you she loves the high life… money, sta­tus, luxury, op­u­lence. She knows the ef­fect her ap­pear­ance has on men. Her first out­fit will def­i­nitely have the au­di­ence won­der­ing who this lady is in a rusted-orange, low- cut num­ber.” But Kgomotso hints that “what I love about her wardrobe is also that it’s a beau­ti­ful mask and veil of the wo­man Yvonne re­ally is”.


Yvonne’s clothes are also a bit of a mask for a real-life trick too. Since Di­neo and Kgomotso are born about 10 years apart, Scan­dal!’s wardrobe and make-up de­part­ment have been care­ful to craft an im­age that will al­low Kgomotso to seem old enough to be her mom. “I had reser­va­tions as soon as I re­ceived the char­ac­ter break­down,” Kgomotso ad­mits. “I was con­cerned that the age dif­fer­ence may not make me the best can­di­date for the role. But af­ter much cre­ative con­sul­ta­tion with the team, screen tests, hair and make-up tri­als, I was con­vinced that we could make it work,” Kgomotso says.


On Fri­day 1 July, mamma Yvonne will sit Naledi down for a heart-to-heart in which she re­veals the truth about their family af­fairs. “I hope view­ers will read her as a mother who has come to re­con­nect with her long-lost daugh­ter af­ter years of liv­ing separately,” says Kgomotso. “As much as I know that Yvonne’s story is more colour­ful and lay­ered, I hope that the first time view­ers get to see her, they ex­pe­ri­ence a car­ing, lov­ing mother who wasn’t able to be in her chil­dren’s lives and is hop­ing to make amends.” And if at first Yvonne seems a lit­tle stiff, chalk that up to real­ity. “Even real-life en­coun­ters of that na­ture will per­haps, at times, come across as disin­gen­u­ous be­cause the mother and daugh­ter are, in fact, es­tranged and there is not nec­es­sar­ily a con­nec­tion be­tween the two of them,” ex­plains Kgomotso.


Soapie fans have only just seen Kgomotso “get the shaft” when her char­ac­ter Katlego was killed off on ri­val soapie Isidingo (1998- cur­rent) in late April this year – and go­ing from one ma­jor role to the next has taken some care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion. “I have had to try to look out for per­for­mance char­ac­ter­is­tics which be­come a trait of play­ing the same role for over five years; they hide them­selves very well. But when found, it’s a case of ‘search and de­stroy!’” Kgomotso laughs. And the char­ac­ters are two very dif­fer­ent peo­ple. “Katlego was ini­tially pitched as a vil­lain­ess whose world re­volved around the ma­nip­u­la­tion of the men in her life,” Kgomotso ex­plains. “Yvonne is a hustler. She has used men to have a life of leisure, but men aren’t cen­tral to her world. Yvonne strives for the ap­pear­ance of be­ing the lov­ing, sweet and in­no­cent party in most sit­u­a­tions – very dif­fer­ent from the undiplo­matic Kat who was no­to­ri­ous for her sharp tongue!”

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