Sello’s feeling free onscreen as he takes on his first gay role.
Kgosi’s sister Harriet is the leader of the crime family. Mon-Thu Mzansi Magic (*161) 21:00
When Sello Maake Ka-Ncube auditioned for telenovela The Queen (2016- current), he thought that he’d be portraying an alpha male character like many of his previous roles, such as Lucas Nyathi on Scandal! from 2007 to 2016. And while Sello admits that he was surprised when he was told that Kgositile is gay just two days before shooting started, he adds that it was the least of his worries. “I wasn’t aware of my character’s sexual orientation until then. This role has been at the back of my mind for a long time and I am happy to play it. Since taking this role, I feel liberated,” he says.
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Another aspect of Kgosi that Sello’s loving is his complexity – Kgosi is the brother and confidant of Harriet (Connie Ferguson), who’s taken control of the family business. Kgosi is himself an important cog in that business: the drug trade. But despite his villainous demeanour, Kgositile is also a sensitive and caring man, especially to those near to him. “Kgosi and Harriet had a very close upbringing. Kgosi has always
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Kgositile has a rough exterior but a warm and loving heart. been effeminate, while Harriet has always been masculine in terms of how she approaches life,” Sello explains. “The two complement each other and that’s what makes them a good pair in both business and family.”
One of the biggest demands on Sello’s character is building as his family is under threat both from the police and past enemies. “He will do anything to keep his family safe and keep his sister Harriet happy because Kgosi knows where his bread is buttered,” says the actor. If anything happens to Harriet, Kgositile is second in command and as Sello teases, “Looks are deceiving, so do not mess with Harriet’s brother!” While slipping into character isn’t difficult for Sello, he says that there are challenges. “The most important thing to keep in mind when playing Kgosi is to not go over the top. It’s easy to get carried away and portray a stereotypical gay character. I was given direction on how to bring out the best of my character and how to bring my sense of self into him.” Sello adds that he studied people to get inspiration and “being an actor, I’m fascinated by people and I choose parts based on the intricacy of the human condition”.
[on Generations] Who could forget his role as Archie Moroka in the original Generations (1994-2014) from 1994 until 2002, complete with those famous dreads> [on Scandal!] Playing hardcore Lucas came so naturally to Sello that you’d swear it’s his real personality. So imagine viewers’ surprise when Lucas’s tough-guy façade crumbled in June this year as he bargained with Hector (Tumisho Masha) to save his son Mangi’s (Kagiso Modupe) life. [on The Queen] After years as a sly, cunning and downright devious criminal on Scandal!, we’re seeing a brand-new Sello in his role as Kgositile. It’s the first time that he’s ever played a gay man and in a newspaper interview he said that “I’ve been wanting to do this for all my life. I would have wanted to play this role in my youth”. [cleanshaved] And the most jaw-dropping is one that many fans wouldn’t know about – to play The Lion King on London’s West End in 2007, Sello shaved off his hair and beard! Would you recognise him if you saw him sporting this clean look? Sello in his Lion King days. Archie and his bride Zoleka (S’thandiwe Kgoroge) in 2002.
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