Your Top 3 TV shows of all time:
I’d say The Apprentice, Desperate Housewives and Home Affairs. Home Affairs is very true to the South African viewer - I can relate to it. I think a lot of people in the country relate to it. Not only that, I think it’s got some of the best performers in the country. From a performance point of view I really enjoy watching it - of course that’s including myself because I’m on Home Affairs 4 *laughs*.
With Desperate Housewives, I enjoy how well-defined the characters are. They really stick to what their characters are, which makes it interesting.
I’m in business, my fiancé and I have a few businesses of our own so The Apprentice I can identify with, relate to. Sometimes I’ll sit and think “What are these people doing?? I would have done it this way.”
It’s interesting to watch how people think differently, also to see how, when people are really good performers in terms of work or business - and then they’re put into a different situation - how things can hinder their progress.
Just small things because they’re not thinking straight or being pushed beyond their limits - how when you take them out of their comfort zone things can get chaotic.
It’s also nice to see how they can also push to their best and fullest potential - I’m very business driven so I really like it.
If you were an animal, what would you be?
I would probably be a lioness because of that motherly instinct. I love how they go out to find the food - I don’t like what they actually do with the food when they get it - but nonetheless, they go out and hunt. I was a single parent for a long time and I can identify with that, being a mother and providing for your child, so yah.
The scariest thing you’ve ever done:
I’m scared of heights and we were up on the Lesotho mountains and ... it might not sound that scary but I’m very scared of heights ... we were standing on the top of this hill, and watching this view. It was beautiful but I’m really terrified of heights or stairs.
A TV moment of yours that you’ll never forget:
Two scenes on Home Affairs: the one where the two sisters are confronting each other. It was really hard because of the emotions and then the scene later, the one after that - when they reconciled. It was very tearful, very painful, I was so in-the-moment and it was the best.
Your fave word:
“Nana” - that’s my baby.
Your life Motto:
God’s will will never take you where his grace will not protect you. What that means for me is that I’m here for a purpose and that purpose was planned for me before I was even born.
When I go through the difficult times, even the good times, I always remember that I’m here for a reason and that no matter how hard it may be God’s grace is working in my life and will protect me.
Summer or winter?
Japan or America?
Khanyi Mbau or Kelly Khumalo?
Truth or dare?
Money or fame?
Mmmm ... money.
Jeans or mini-skirts?
If you were in a different profession, what would you be?
A lawyer, I grew up wanting to be a lawyer, a criminal lawyer, but I had a cousin who was much older than me who was a lawyer. I think she was doing her articles at the time and she wasn’t earning that much money - I thought there was just no way I was going to set up myself up for that. So I didn’t do law - I did advertising, so I’d either be a lawyer or somewhere in the ad game.
Do you believe in aliens?
No. Before answering I suppose I should say it depends on what the definition of aliens is. I believe in the spirit world but not UFO’s.
Do you think there’s life out there?
I think there’s spiritual life and life after death.
Your most valuable possession:
My photo albums, I take lots and lots of them. I treasure photos.
What possession would you like that you don’t have?
*laughs* A five star lodge! With a personal chef! And a personal spa! I’ll get there. *laughs*
What’s the best thing about playing Nomza?
Probably being in the fortunate position where you’re the lead and yes it comes with it’s pros and cons but definitely some of the pros are good - being the lead and knowing how much of an influence you can have on everybody else.
I can remember, many times, we’d have guest artists on the show, and some of the guys are new to the industry. Nomza was my first big role when I took over from Zinzile, and it’s really nice - for lack of a better word - to be able to positively influence some of the guest artists who come on.
Often they’re shaking in their boots, they haven’t been briefed and comedy’s hard - also we tried to shoot one episode a day so there's no time for people to make mistakes or forget their lines.
Sometimes people have learnt their lines but they forget them because there’s so much going on and they don’t know if they’re coming or going - there’ve been times where I’ve been able to influence some of the guests who’ve come on.
I’ve been able to say “I know, I’ve been there, I know exactly what it feels like: just go out there and do what you know and think is right, forget what the directors saying, just go out there and do it.” I’ve had some of the guys saying “Thank you, this was fanatastic - I just went in doing what you said.” So it’s been great to be able to influence some of the guys in this way.