Mzansi actress and TV personality, Celeste Khumalo, has scored a new gig on the SABC 1 soapie, Generations: The Legacy. The actress hit back at claims that she only bags acting gigs because of her beauty.
Celeste previously played the role of Linda on The Queen and in Showmax’s first original South African drama, The Girl From St Agnes. This time she takes on the role on a no-nonsense human rights lawyer named Bulelwa on Generations: The Legacy.
Celeste’s character Bulelwa plays the centre of a race row between Smanga (played by Moopi Mothibeli) and Joshua (played by Sean Brebnor).
According to TshiaLive, Celeste said she spent a lot of time looking at other strong female actresses who had played similar roles to prepare for her new gig.
She admitted that she is sometimes bothered when people just dismiss her achievements because she once won Miss SA Teen and think she is just a pretty face.
“The thing is, everyone brings up Miss Tenn. I achieved that 8 years ago now. It is not like I walk into an audition and announce that I was a Miss SA Teen. I don’t walk into a role just because I am beautiful. I walk into an audition because I have read the brief and believe I can execute it. I know the lines, and that is what gets me the role.”
Even though she did not study acting formally, she thought it was time people respected her acting skills and not just her beauty.
“People must let go of this; ‘She got it (roles) because she has lots of followers or because she is a model.’ That does not matter in my audition. When I am in the corridor with 20 others to audition for the same part, it goes to the most talented person. Otherwise, I would have got a direct call asking me to join because I am beautiful, and that has never been the case.”
Celeste said actors needed to be strong and confident to not only survive on set but also deal with self-doubt.
“You need to be strong and confident. There are days where you are just like ‘Oh gosh, am I really supposed to be here? Am I really an actress?’ You have to remember how far you have come and speak to those who know you best. I speak to my mentors, acting coaches and family.”
Celeste makes her debut on the soapie tonight, Wednesday, 10 July at 8pm.
Yesterday, Briefly.co.za reported that Mzansi actress, Samela Tyelbooi, who stars in Generations: The Legacy, is pregnant with her second bundle of joy.
It is believed that Samela was 8 months pregnant back in June, which means she could have already given birth by now.
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