Not just a pretty face

One ac­tress, two soapie star­ring roles – how is that even pos­si­ble?

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Hi tv­plus! Is Phindi from Scan­dal! the same ac­tress who plays Ayanda on Skeem Saam? And does that mean that Ayanda is leav­ing? – CASSIE, SOWETO

Well spot­ted, Cassie! Pretty Ncayiyana, who now has a dou­ble role, re­veals, “It is ex­cit­ing! I’m a fan of soapies. I watch Skeem Saam (2011- cur­rent), Scan­dal! (2005- cur­rent) and Rhythm City (2007- cur­rent) all the time. I love them. On Scan­dal! I love the Romeo (Hun­gani Ndlovu) and Lu­cas (Sello Maake Ka-Ncube) sto­ry­line.” And lov­ing Scan­dal! doesn’t mean that she’s leav­ing Skeem. “It’s not like I’m fin­ished with Skeem,” says Pretty. “When I au­di­tioned for the role, I wasn’t shoot­ing and I needed work. So I au­di­tioned for Scan­dal! and I got the role. I am ac­tu­ally shoot­ing with Skeem at the mo­ment. And it worked out be­cause I wasn’t work­ing at Skeem for the first two months that I was work­ing at Scan­dal! And now that I’m work­ing on both, it’s not that hec­tic. I am on call [ie: not full-time cast] for both and they are able to share. I have an agency to make sure that there’s no clash.” Play­ing Scan­dal!’s Phindi is Pretty’s sec­ond soapie role. “It’s not that dif­fer­ent,” she re­veals. “But ob­vi­ously play­ing a new char­ac­ter is scary – that was the thing that re­ally kicked up my nerves. I was around new peo­ple and new stuff, but af­ter a day or two I got used to it.”

NB! See more on p19 and 21.

Pretty Ncayiyana is do­ing dou­ble duty on two roles.

Pretty as her Scan­dal! char­ac­ter Phindi.

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