A saving Grace
Wandile’s control-freak attitude makes Grace rethink her deal to give Wandile her baby.
Pregnant new arrival Grace (Sisekho Vivelo) didn’t realise what she was getting herself into when she agreed to let Wandile (Chi Mhende) adopt her baby on Thursday 8 November. Because Wandile is transgender and can’t carry a baby of her own, she wants to experience every part of the pregnancy and micromanage everything that Grace does, explains Sisekho. “Grace feels like she’s under constant surveillance. Wandile is questioning her every move, from what she eats to what she wears. It’s too much,” says the actress. Wandile turns her controlling tendencies up a notch on Wednesday 14 November and demands that Grace moves into her apartment without telling her roommate and sister Zitha (Zoe Mthiyane) first. “This living arrangement is an awkward experience for Grace. Zitha doesn’t really want her there, so Grace feels out of place and she despises that Wandile nit-picks everything that she does, which drifts them apart when they should be closest,” adds Sisekho.
Why did Grace agree to give up her child? Grace wants to give her unborn son a chance at a better life. She’ll do anything to ensure that her child grows up in a safe and loving environment, which she can’t provide. What is the deal that Grace has with Wandile? Initially, their contract was straightforward: Grace was going to get a pay-out after her baby is born. But Grace quickly realises [in early December] that Wandi isn’t fully prepared to be a mother and she considers an escape plan to protect her baby. So she’s not entirely happy with Wandile? It’s a turbulent relationship to say the least. Wandi doesn’t want to raise eyebrows after Grace leaves her with the baby, so she asks Grace to pretend that she’s her girlfriend. Again, Grace is uneasy but she bites her tongue because she needs the money. Why is Zitha opposed to Grace moving in? Zitha and Wandi are hiding the fact that they’re sisters as they are still searching for their dad Zola’s (Mutodi Neshehe) killer. The last thing that they need in an apartment full of secrets is a stranger. You’ve just arrived on the soap; what has stood out? Working on Generations! My heart skipped a beat when
Abigail Khubeka, who plays Zondiwe, walked into the make-up room. It’s a miracle that I managed to even say “hello”.
Grace (left) keeps her doubts about Wandile to herself.