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Q&A: ZODWA KHUMALO [ZAMBIA]

We love to meet with TV personalities, celebrities, actors and actresses who have really inspired or pioneered the Film Industry. Zodwa is the star of the day. She has an amazing talent and a wealth of experience in the Zambian Film Industry. Here is our little conversation with her.

TELL US ABOUT WHO YOU ARE

My names are Perpertual Zodwa Khumalo. I was born on the 11th May 1984. My parents are both late and am the only child of my family. I did my primary and secondary school in Lusaka, Zambia and I did a bit of cosmetology in South Africa. Am an actress, a hair stylist and a dancer.

HOW DID YOU START OUT IN ACTING?

The first time I acted was during my childhood. I started out with a Christmas play depicting the birth of Jesus Christ and I played the lead role of Virgin Mary; when I was about 4 or 5 years old. From then, I did acting in school at lower primary and when I was secondary I took a back seat on acting until I joined a theatre club in my upper secondary. This club was not at my school but from the community where I lived and it was under Patrick Saulosi Salubusa. I did a lot of stage plays and radio drama there. I started doing TV sketches on local programmes which was on Tumbalamwili and Chintobentobe. This opened up my way to the Screens. I got my first role in a series on ZNBC TV called “Tears of Love” which was just produced by Base Home Films and then I took up an extra role in the, then happening, soapie Kabanana.

DID YOU COMPLETELY DUMP STAGE FOR SCREEN?

Not really, I continued with my stage acting under Patrick Saulosi Salubusa and as years went by I got my first breakthrough role in a series that comes on Muvi TV called “Brothers” where I played a very stubborn and naughty teenage girl called Rachael. I’d say my role in Brothers was my breakthrough in the acting world because I became a people’s sweetheart because most people liked me so much that even now they still remember me as Rachael. I went on to do my first Feature Film which was called “Foolish Me” and I played a support role of a lady who was dating a married man; wrecking a beautiful home. I did another Feature which was my first lead role in a movie called “A Beautiful Lie” and I was called Mwaka. it was also a cinema production. My journey continued and I featured in “Chenda” as Bridget, a support role. I liked this role because it was something outside my comfort zone, I played a marketeer who put negative peer pressure on her friend.

WOW, GREAT. SO HOW HAS IT BEEN RECENTLY FOR YOU?

In the recent past I have been glad to work on Zambia cinema productions. I worked with Cassie Kabwita on a movie called “Kwacha”; also featured in a movie called “Misozi”; played a support role in “Mufaya” as Tamaranji.

ANYTHING AROUND TV SERIES?

In terms of TV Series, I recently got a support role in “Zuba” as Sandra, Suwi’s cousin; and I played a role in “City on Fire” as a Detective. I must also mention that some of the roles I have played are in movies that are not yet released.

SO, HOW MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE IN ACTING?

I should say it’s hard for me to determine how many years of experience I have in acting because I have never been consistent. I have been on and off due to other responsibilities but I can say I have enough experience.

WHICH ACTOR IS YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE AND WHY?

My Favourite Actor is Angelina Jolie and it’s because of her prowess in acting. She is all daring and takes up any challenge.

Angelina Jolie (Tomb Raider)
Zodwa Khumalo & Leo Simukoko (City On Fire)

ANY PIECE OF ADVICE FOR UPCOMING ACTORS?

The film industry and acting in Zambia is still in its infancy; so it takes sacrifice, dedication, humbleness, good attitude and more character traits to make it. You need to believe in yourself, attend auditions tirelessly and keep pushing. <<

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