- Themba has a portfolio that would knock anyone's socks off, he's n incredible actor and motivational speaker
- It was not easy for Themba to grow up on the shorter side of life, but the minute he accepted himself for who he is, he flourished.
- He is now married to the women of his dreams and he's living the life
Life today for a youngster does have its challenges. Themba Ntuli, a 27 year-old actor, discussed how he was able to overcome the insecurities he faced and with that how he aims to inspire others.
This South African actor and comedian appeared on eNCA, focusing on rhino poaching and at the same time promoting the movie, Frank and Fearless.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the movie has done exceptionally well since opening at the box office and Themba Ntuli is thrilled with the results. The 1,2m tall actor plays the role of an 11-year-old who is an animal lover. His character’s name is Fearless and he teams up with Frank played by Leon Schuster. The two set out to eradicate the baddies and their journey is one that has all moviegoers in fits of laughter.
The movie is the latest comedy from Leon, the king of local comedy movies. Themba is in his element working next to Leon. Themba’s comment was that it’s a dream come true. The first Schuster movie Themba watched was Sweet ‘n Short with Alfred Ntombela and from that point he was all geared up to star in one of his movies.
The legendary Alfred always starred in Leon’s movies and people were under the impression that Themba was his replacement in, Frank & Fearless. Themba says this is not true as no one can replace a talent like that. Themba feels that Leon needed to find the correct actor to play the part of an 11-year-old and he was the one that come out tops at the audition!
It must be said that it is definitely not Themba’s first venture into the world of entertainment. He is well known for his part Pule where he played the part of a young car guard. He also had roles in Rhythm City and Meerkat Maantuig. He has also appeared in the British TV shows, Leonardo and Mad Dogs filling the role of a tokoloshe.
Themba has been acting from the time he was in Grade 11 and even though he is over the moon to be working with Leon, it makes him a little sad to think that Leon is now already 67-years old.
Themba went on to say that although Leon is still as crazy as ever, he is not as young as he used to be. There is just so much more that Themba would love to have experienced with Leon. There is so admiration Themba has for Leon and believes that working with Leon, he trains you and is able to bring the best out of you.
While shooting the film, Themba (also a motivational speaker) was so impressed with Leon’s ability to keep his crew and cast motivate through the filming process. Themba admits that it takes years to be confident enough to be able to excel as a performer and motivational speaker.
Opening up, Themba said that his height, petite body and small voice had a major impact on his confidence. He has over the years learnt to accept and love himself for the person he is as we are all different. He agrees that he is smaller than most and tends to play the part of a child, but he is a grown man and God has blessed him with the ability to accomplish his dreams.
As a child, growing up in Vosloorus, Themba was well aware that he was smaller than his peers. Dad Kenneth now 60 and Mom Nokuthula now 56, financially were not in the position to seek help from a specialist. Themba recalls the doctor he was able to visit gave him an abundance of Scott’s Emulsion which is cod liver oil as the label stated that it would assist with his growth. Even with this, Themba experienced a happy childhood.
Themba’s parents accepted him as he was and ensured that he had a healthy and safe upbringing. Two years ago, Themba underwent a medical check-up to make sure he was fit enough to play the role and this is where they found out he had a growth hormone deficiency. This occurs when the pituitary gland situated in the brain is unable to produce the correct amount of growth hormones.
He went on to say that he told the GP that with him knowing what he knows now, makes no difference. He is who is and knows that he was made in the imagine of God. Had he not adopted the way of thinking years ago, he would be on the path to find a cure which would have been too late anyway. He is a firm believer in things happen for a reason. When he does he motivational speaking he incorporates his height, body and voice in his speech.
The confidence he has now has taken hours of work in conjunction with learning to love himself and faith. He had the backing of his family who encouraged him to socialise with others.
There are times that people treat him differently, but when he is home his is treated the same as his two “normal sized” brothers, Zethembe (24) an Msizi (20). He gets paid no special attention and also has to do his chores in the house.
The height situation did have its difficulties when Themba was looking for love. He was often told that he was too short and the girls were looking for someone that could pick them up and someone they would not be ashamed to walk down the street with. He never allowed these comments to deter him from find true love.
He stayed positive that the right woman would come into his life and love him for who he is. After sitting himself down and doing some introspection, he accepted that he needs to love himself before he could love another.
At the tender age of 27, Themba as the world at his feet!
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