She best known for her role as Lolly on Isidingo, Kim Engelbrecht went from local actress to international superstar in a flash.
And, although she'll always be our Lolly, we could not be more proud of how successful she has become globally.
So, Briefly.co.za gathered five facts about the beautiful South African actress, who's causing a storm in the States.
1. A star born out of the Mother City
Engelbrecht was born in Belhar Cape Town on 20 June 1980. Her Capetonian accent helped her land roles locally, but the city also helped her with her international career.
The South African reported Engelbrecht Dominion, an American sci-fi series, in Cape Town four years ago.
2. She has an unexpected hobby
Engelbrecht reportedly loves to go golfing to unwind. In fact, she's so into the sport, she even opened a golf clinic in Joburg.
“I started a golf clinic called Kim Engelbrecht’s Wander Women Ladies Golf Clinic in Johannesburg, where we teach women how to play golf. I want to encourage more women to get into the sport, to let women know that you don’t know how good you are until you try.”
3. She began her acting career at a young age
The 38-year-old started her career when she was only 12. She appeared in “Sarahsara”as a Sudanese cripple.
The movie was filmed in Italy.
4. For the love of Lolly
Engelbrecht credits the role of Lolly for helping deepen her acting.
“Playing Lolly was a big thing. The character went through a lot and it was the first time I felt the power of what we do as actors. She was a troubled teen and went through a lot of things. It was a privilege to play her. People would actually come up to me and tell me they went through the same things, they identify with her.”
5. Crushing gender roles
Engelbrecht received the amazing opportunity to act in the hit superhero series The Flash. And, to her, the greatest thing about her role is that in the comics her character is a man.
“I found out later in interviews that in the comics the Mechanic was supposed to be a man. It’s really cool that I get to transcend gender roles. I can make her who I think she is and it’s nice for me to use my brain and design this character.”