Nandi Mbatha talks about her link to her on TV character: ‘We are complete opposites’

Nandi Mbatha talks about her link to her on TV character: ‘We are complete opposites’

- Nandi says that she intially thought her role and life met up, but they really do not

- She says she has grown a lot since taking on the role and is nothing like Simi

- Her idol is Hamilton and he loves to work with her

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The 21 year old actress, Nandi Mbatha, played her first role as innocent Simlindile “Simi” Ngema on Mzansi Magic’s Isithembiso. Simi moves to Joburg to study but things become complicated when she meets property-owning thug Banzi “The Wolf of Braamfontein” Kunene.

She loves her job and is interested in people’s reactions towards her role.

“I love acting and the reactions I get from people when they see me in the streets. Some are angry and some feel sorry for my character, but the response is always positive.”

Nandi initially thought that her role and real life were similar, but came to realize that they were worlds apart.

“The only thing we have in common is being humble and respectful, but we are complete opposites.”

She says that she is a great judge or character, unlike Simi.

“Simi has the power to control a lot of things but she’s too naïve and sometimes stupid. As Nandi, I would have never been in a relationship with a person like Banzi.”

As she shares a surname with the on TV role of Zamani Mbatha, people think the two are related. However, they are not at all.

“It would be weird having to kiss my cousin! Zamani and I are definitely nowhere near related but we do have the same surname which is just a coincidence.”

Nandi highlights that she has grown since taking on the role.

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“In the beginning, I made so many mistakes – like not researching my character and the pronunciation of names and places properly – but I’m learning new things every day.”

Actor Hamilton Dlamini, who plays the role of power-hungry Banzi Kunene, is one of her inspirations.

“Working alongside greats like Hamilton Dlamini is an honor. He and Meshack Mavuso teach me how to master my craft every day.”

Hamilton loves working with Simi. He feels that the topics that Isithembiso tackles because it speaks directly to young people and the challenges they face every day.

“Older people love Isithembiso because it shows the challenges young people go through when they move to the big city.”

Isithembiso has become extremely popular and it will now air every weekday, Monday to Friday, at 19h30.

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