Mother of all moth­ers

Linda Se­bezo’s char­ac­ter Lil­lian is about to shake-up Isibaya and its Ng­wenya fam­ily.

TV Plus (South Africa) - - ISIBAYA -

Vet­eran ac­tress Linda Se­bezo’s seen and done it all in her ca­reer and the 52-year- old is tack­ling fan­favourite soapie Isibaya (2013cur­rent) now. She’s been cast as Lil­lian, Beauty Ng­wenya’s (Thuli Tha­bethe) mother, and tv­plus vis­ited the ac­tress dur­ing her first week on set for a quick catch up…

How did your new role on Isibaya come about? I’d ac­tu­ally just fin­ished film­ing Greed & De­sire (2016-2017), where I played con­trol­ling mother Sharon D, and like any artist, I was search­ing for work. The Isibaya team called me and told me that they had the per­fect new char­ac­ter for me – I didn’t au­di­tion but I know that Isibaya is a great show. And who wouldn’t want to work with ac­tors like Menzi Ngubane (Ju­das) and Thuli? We know that your char­ac­ter’s shrouded in secrecy, but what can you tell us about her? Lil­lian is a very lov­ing, strong woman. She’s a de­voted Chris­tian. She doesn’t take drama and she’s a hard char­ac­ter. Lil­lian is a long-term char­ac­ter and it’s quite a chal­lenge to play her.

Motherly roles are noth­ing new to you though – you’ve played Gogo on com­edy show Gaut­eng Mabo­neng (2011-2016) and Ma Josephine on com­edy Sam­sokolo (20132014). Plus there’s Ma Betty in te­len­ov­ela Za­bal­aza (2013)… [Laughs] I sup­pose I do iden­tify with th­ese type of older women char­ac­ters be­cause I be­lieve I can re­spect my char­ac­ters and do jus­tice to them. I also have the en­ergy needed to pull off th­ese roles [Laughs]. Has your first week been how you ex­pected it to be? It was re­ally good. I’ve been wel­comed by ev­ery­one, from the cam­era men to the lead stars and pro­duc­ers. Thuli es­pe­cially made me feel like I’m right at home and I’m happy that I’m work­ing with pro­fes­sion­als. You’ve been in the act­ing busi­ness for some time. Aren’t you tired? Go­ing to work is like go­ing to the gym – it keeps me fit. Theatre, which I try do at least once a year, is ex­er­cise and it keeps my en­ergy lev­els up. TV work on the oth­er­hand is re­lax­ing be­cause film­ing isn’t live. Are you busy with any theatre work now? I’m ac­tu­ally work­ing with [play­write and di­rec­tor] Ju­lian Seleke-Mokoto at the Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val [held in Gra­ham­stown from 29 June-9 July 2017]. I’ll be there do­ing a theatre show called Money Maker (2009).

Lil­lian’s ready to straighten things out for the troubled Ng­wenyas.

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