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Sea­son 4 (*194) 21:30 Drama Episode 7 Mn­qobi drags preg­nant Thembi back to Jo­han­nes­burg and locks her in his house, while Du­mile finds a corpse in the foun­da­tions of the mall and starts build­ing her case against Mn­qobi.

How does Grace’s life go down the drain? I like to de­scribe her life as a “beau­ti­ful mess” be­cause we see this smart, ed­u­cated woman who takes drugs to numb her emo­tional and phys­i­cal pain. She reaches out for help but ev­ery­thing just falls to pieces. How did you pre­pare for your role? My fam­ily is in­volved in fa­cil­i­tat­ing drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tions. I did a lot of re­search on­line and off­line, plus I watched an ac­tual in­ter­ven­tion. Also, pre­par­ing for the role meant I needed to dig deep and find my vul­ner­a­ble place. And your kids are in­volved with the show too. Yes, my lit­tle boy Jesse (19 months) plays Grace’s son Sam and my el­dest son Jamie (5) is in episode 6 (15 Au­gust) as Noah. Grace sees Noah be­ing kid­napped and she’s de­ter­mined to find him. So are the rest of the cast “like fam­ily”? I was telling Bran­don Auret (Leon du Plessis in Isidingo from 1998 to 2005) who plays [drug ad­dict] Charles that this is the hap­pi­est cast and crew I’ve been around. It re­ally is like be­ing with fam-ily and every­one is so sup­port­ive and ex­cited to be here. What do you hope for the show’s fu­ture? We want to tell au­di­ences that ad­dic­tion isn’t a choice, it’s a disease. And you don’t need to get to rock bot­tom for help. We’d love to do a sea­son 2 but that all de­pends on rat­ings.

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