Pearl’s big move

Quantico’s sec­ond sea­son is bring­ing more ac­tion, more twists and a lo­cal face to TV.

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If you missed sea­son 2 of ac­tion show Quantico (2015- cur­rent) thanks to unan­nounced pro­duc­tion breaks and the show be­ing squashed back into the sched­ule ear­lier this year, it’s catch-up time. Quantico is air­ing dou­ble-bill bursts to give your Fri­days a much-needed boost of adren­a­line, as well some lo­cal flavour. We chat­ted to Pearl Thusi (host of Lip Sync Bat­tle Africa, 2016- cur­rent) to get the scoop on her role as lawyer Dayana Mam­pasi, work­ing on the in­ter­na­tional se­ries and what she learnt on the set…

Where does your char­ac­ter fit into the

Quantico puz­zle? She has hidden cards and is com­plex. Like the oth­ers, she is work­ing through her life story as the plot de­vel­ops. Dayana and Alex (Priyanka Cho­pra) are the strong­est fe­males and how they con­nect, or don’t, will be in­ter­est­ing to watch.

How did you land an au­di­tion on a big

name in­ter­na­tional show? They wanted an ac­tress to rep­re­sent Africa and had their own short­list. We were asked to send au­di­tion tapes and it was gru­elling. I did a lot of prep work.

Who told you that you’d been cast? My agent called me – it was very ex­cit­ing. It only sank in once the first episode aired; then in was real and no one could take it away. It was truly real! What did you know about the show? That it’s di­verse – char­ac­ter-wise – and has done well. I had an ap­pre­ci­a­tion and re­spect for Priyanka as an ac­tress and in­ter­na­tional fe­male fig­ure, as well as [pro­duc­tion com­pany] ABC for hav­ing such a diffe-rent take on mak­ing TV. How did you meet your cast? It was so cool – we did a ta­ble-read and it was great to feel part of a global fam­ily. Priyanka is from In­dia, there were Amer­i­cans ob­vi­ously, Cana­di­ans and ac­tors from Mex­ico. We went to din­ner and got to con­nect and meet. And what makes Quantico dif­fer­ent from your usual act­ing work? The ac­cents [Laughs] – and there’s a lot to ab­sorb. Like? Well we’d be on set from 06:00 and there is dy­namic ac­tion. It’s non­stop mov­ing and phys­i­cally tax­ing!

Pearl was right at home among her in­ter­na­tional co-stars like Jake McLaugh­lin (Ryan – far left) and Priyanka Cho­pra (Alex – cen­tre).

Pearl and her new co-stars bonded over din­ner.

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