Lib­er­ated

Sello’s feel­ing free on­screen as he takes on his first gay role.

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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.

NO SIB­LING RI­VALRY

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

TON­ING IT DOWN

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.

Mzansi Magic was un­able to pro­vide any episode syn­op­sis at the time of go­ing to print.

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