Vatiswa Ndara has brought multiple, diverse roles to life in the course of her career so far.
Her repertoire includes the role of Miriam on Home Affairs, NomaRussia on Igazi, Ma'mfundisi on Generations, Neo on Shooting Stars and Clementine on Harvest.
In 2006 she was the first actress to win the Best Supporting Actress category at the SAFTAs when she won for Miriam and most recently she won the Best Actress award at DStv's Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards.
I caught up with her after her win too
and asked her to share her no. 1 acting tip.
This is it:
Vatiswa: I always try to be honest and to bring honesty to every single character that I portray.
That's not always easy because one is always thinking that you have to impress the viewer and there's always something of wanting to overdo something.
This is where the directors come in... what I do must look real and it must be entertaining at the same time.
It's always about looking at how would you respond or react to a situation as yourself and then bring that to the character and then add a little bit of frill to it for entertainment purposes.
That's what I've done with all the characters I've played. The beauty is that we have writers who just do all the research for you so it doesn't get that difficult. For you, it's just to bring honest emotion to the character and be true.