In­gozi

Sea­son 1 SABC1 (*191) 19:30 Drama

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At 45, Mma­batho Montsho has learnt a thing or two about the world and she’s en­joy­ing her role as do­mes­tic worker Magotso on In­gozi (2017-cur­rent) as “she’s so re­lat­able”. The ac­tress started her ca­reer as trou­bled salon boss Snowey on youth drama Yizo Yizo (1999-2002), fol­lowed then by strug­gling mom Bot­sh­elo in sea­son 1 of ed­u­ca­tional drama Heart­lines (2006-2013). For In­gozi, she adds that “Magotso is the same as any woman. I’m in­spired by ev­ery­day peo­ple and that’s who she is”.

Tell us more about your char­ac­ter. She’s a hard-work­ing sin­gle mom who strug­gles to make ends meet. She’s find­ing it dif­fi­cult to re­con­nect with her daugh­ter Zikhona (Luthani Mam­pofu), who lived with her dad in the Eastern Cape un­til she goes to var­sity in Joburg and reaches out to Magotso. Who in­spired your por­trayal? My 85-yearold mom El­iz­a­beth, who was a do­mes­tic worker. Like Magotso, she worked to the bone and while shoot­ing, I thought of how she would han­dle the sit­u­a­tions thrown at her and I was good to go. Is there part of you in your char­ac­ter? Yes. We both love our daugh­ters and would do any­thing for them. I have two teenagers, a 17-year-old and the other is 14. They’re my pride and joy. How is she dif­fer­ent from your other roles? Noth­ing keeps her down. Although it’s tough for her to build a re­la­tion­ship with her daugh­ter, she keeps try­ing. Act­ing isn’t your only tal­ent though… Funny enough, I’m good at teach­ing other peo­ple how to act. I run a film and TV learn­er­ship pro­gramme called the Na­tional Broad­cast In­sti­tute with my busi­ness­man hubby Sello Molefe. We have 20 stu­dents grad­u­at­ing this year alone and we’re re­ally proud.

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