Dawn Than­deka King

What’s go­ing on in your favourite ac­tress’s head?

TV Plus (South Africa) - - Q&A -

Whether she’s giv­ing us MaNg­cobo in a bridal gown and wav­ing a gun at her man’s wed­ding to an­other woman in Uzalo (2015- cur­rent, see p14) or mak­ing Lock­down (2017cur­rent) view­ers cry in dis­ap­point­ment and grief as gang leader maZet was gunned down in a prison riot in this past sea­son, Dawn Than­deka King brings the drama, mama! This King is TV roy­alty…

What was the first TV show you acted out with friends?

A se­ries when we were grow­ing up, I think they have it on SABC En­core now, Kwakhala Ny­onini (1987). It was about a polyg­a­mous fam­ily and she was the feisty wife, the head wife who used to prac­tice witch­craft. She was re­ally sim­i­lar to the char­ac­ter that I play now! I used to like play­ing that char­ac­ter. And also US soapie Santa Bar­bara (1984-1993). I loved Kelly (Robin Wright) and her re­la­tion­ship with Joe (Mark Arnold). It was beau­ti­ful.

Who was your first TV crush?

Oh my gosh! I had a thing for a model. I think he was a pre­sen­ter at some point? Paul Phume. He was Mr South Africa too.

What did you do when an adult mo­ment came on while you were watch­ing TV with fam­ily?

The char­ac­ters could be tak­ing off their socks and we would be told to go to sleep!

What prod­uct have you wanted ever since you saw it on TV?

Dawn skin lo­tion. I first heard about it on ra­dio. Celebri­ties like Yvonne Chaka Chaka en­dorsed it and I’ve had my own pay­off line in Zulu since I was young. It’s “uDawn ug­coba iDawn”, mean­ing “Dawn uses Dawn skin lo­tion”. Now if there is a thing that I need to achieve in life, it’s me us­ing Dawn skin lo­tion on TV.

Whose TV wardrobe do you want?

Con­nie Fer­gu­son! Her tele­vi­sion wardrobe [as Har­riet Khoza in The Queen, 2016- cur­rent]. She has worked on her body and I’ve al­ways wanted my clothes to fit me like hers do! Mine fit me like me, but Con­nie looks good in what­ever she wears.

What shows are you fa­nat­i­cal about?

I was ob­sessed with re­al­ity show Big Brother Naija (2006- cur­rent). When it, fin­ished, I was lost. I didn’t know what to do with my­self.

If you worked be­hind the scenes, what job would you want?

I’d want to be a di­rec­tor. I love cre­at­ing. When I was younger, I would get my cousins to­gether and my sis­ter and I would al­ways di­rect them in a fash­ion show.

What’s one of your favourite plot twists?

It’s the one I’m in. I love the twist when Nkunzi (Ma­soja Msiza) was mar­ry­ing MaMlambo (Gugu Gumede) that MaNc­gobo was walk­ing in not just to stop the wed­ding, but walk­ing in with a gun to say, “If you are go­ing to marry any­body, I am also go­ing to be a part of that!”

Which char­ac­ter is your hero?

Kather­ine Kelly Lang – Brooke in Bold & Beau­ti­ful (1987- cur­rent). I ad­mire her craft be­cause she is not nec­es­sar­ily like her char­ac­ter, but she con­vinces us that she is.

What is your night­mare sce­nario while film­ing?

When I am act­ing an emo­tional scene and the crew is not sup­port­ive and I am al­ready in a state where all I need to do is just to do this scene. Once that is in­ter­rupted, you don’t get the true por­trayal. It is very frus­trat­ing.

With all the re­boots, what se­ries would you re­boot and be part of?

I’d like to see com­edy Girl­friends (2000-2008) come back and I’d play Joan (Tracee El­lis Ross) with the big hair. She is in con­trol, she is the cen­tre.

And if you could change one thing about your cur­rent char­ac­ter:

Per­haps want­ing to have a bet­ter re­la­tion­ship with her daugh­ter as op­posed to fo­cussing on her man so much. I would change that.

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