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Lo­cal star in new Net­flix show

- Tam­syn Jan­tjies Entertainment · Celebrities · Naya Rivera

Worces­ter na­tive Vanessa Nt­lapo is over the moon that the show she starred in has been picked up by in­ter­na­tional stream­ing ser­vice Net­flix.

The show first aired on lo­cal tele­vi­sion net­works in 2016, and has only one sea­son. In the show, Jab, Nt­lapo por­trays the lead role of a fe­male boxer, Bee Sondlo, chas­ing a suc­cess­ful ca­reer.

“She has a deep pas­sion for box­ing,” Nt­lapo says, “and is also very pro­tec­tive of her fam­ily and very driven to get to where she wants to be.”

The charis­matic 28-year-old has al­ways wanted to be an ac­tress.

“Since I can re­mem­ber I wanted to act. But it is quite dif­fi­cult to break into the in­dus­try. How­ever, I didn’t solely fo­cus on be­ing an ac­tress, yet it was al­ways in the back of my mind while I was busy pur­su­ing other av­enues and fur­ther­ing my ed­u­ca­tion.”

She has a day job in ad­ver­tis­ing, but would like to work in the tele­vi­sion in­dus­try full-time one day.

“I have a pas­sion for ad­ver­tis­ing, ba­si­cally sto­ry­telling is my thing and I would love to work in the in­dus­try, whether be­hind or in front of the cam­era, full time.”

The show was very well re­ceived lo­cally when it first aired, and even won an award at the Zanz­ibar in­ter­na­tional Film

Fes­ti­val in 2018.

“It’s amaz­ing that even after the re­lease in 2016, and only one sea­son, the show still re­ceives recog­ni­tion,” Nt­lapo gushes.

She be­lieves be­cause the show has a uni­ver­sal mes­sage, which is a big fac­tor in its suc­cess. She also ad­mits that should a sec­ond sea­son be com­mis­sioned she would not hes­i­tate to reprise her role as the young boxer.

In light of cel­e­brat­ing women this month she shares an in­spi­ra­tional mes­sage: “In spite of what’s go­ing on in the world, and the many in­jus­tices, we need to re­mem­ber who we are. Re­mem­ber, we are pow­er­ful be­yond mea­sure, and with de­ter­mi­na­tion, hard work, and com­mit­ment we can change our lives for the bet­ter and, dare I say, the world too.”

 ??  ?? Jab, star­ring Vanessa Nt­lapo as the lead ac­tress, can now be streamed via Net­flix.
Jab, star­ring Vanessa Nt­lapo as the lead ac­tress, can now be streamed via Net­flix.

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