Throw­back Thurs­day

Sea­son 1 SABC1 (*191) 19:30 Life­style

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Gabisile Tsha­bal­ala’s al­ways on her feet. When she’s not co-pre­sent­ing com­e­dystyled talk­show Throw­back Thurs­day (2017-cur­rent) with DJ Skhumba Hlophe, she’s mom to her one-year-old daugh­ter Sanchia with her hubby, who prefers to stay out of the pub­lic eye. The 27-yearold ac­tress, who made her name as cheeky stu­dent Pinkie on drama Hola Mpinji! (2010-2013), adds that “I wanted to come back with a bang! And Throw­back Thurs­day (TBT) is a great show to re-launch my TV ca­reer!”

Pre­sent­ing is quite dif­fer­ent from act­ing… It is! And in a word: fun! TBT is my first pre­sent­ing gig and I was ex­cited to work with Skhumba. We met a cou­ple of years ago and pre­sent­ing with him is like pick­ing up where we left off: it’s laid­back and easy, like hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with my brother. How did you hear about TBT? My man­ager is co­me­dian David Kau and he talked me into au­di­tion­ing. I’m re­ally ex­cited be­cause I get to “play” my­self. There are no scripts and al­most noth­ing [topic-wise] is off lim­its. What stands out com­pared to film­ing a show? Ev­ery episode is great – it might be the live au­di­ence [Laughs]. We make fun of ev­ery­thing, from fash­ion to dat­ing, and the au­di­ence makes it fun. Are you busy with any other projects? Be­sides go­ing to au­di­tions, not too much – my child keeps me busy. But I’d like to go into mu­sic though. I still go to act­ing classes, just to de­velop and brush-up my skills and get back into soapies, maybe even a Nol­ly­wood film or two!

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