- Mzansi actress KB Motsilanyane, opened up to a media publication regarding the Lebo Mathosa biopic backlash since being cast
- KB said she is unfazed by the hate and is more focused on telling Lebo Mathosa's story than trying to "be" her
- She promised to play the role with "utmost respect"
Mzansi actress, Keabetswe “KB” Motsilanyane, has revealed that she is unfazed by all the hate around the decision to cast her as Lebo Mathosa in an upcoming biopic. She said she is more focused on “telling” Lebo Mathosa’s story than trying to “be” her.
The docu-series, Dream: The Lebo Mathosa Story, was launched on Wednesday night at Kramervile in Sandton in commemoration of the 13th anniversary of Lebo’s death.
According to TshisaLIVE, South Africans went into a frenzy earlier this year when auditions for the biopic was announced. Fans contemplated who would pull of the best version of Lebo with all the talent than Mzansi had to offer.
A report by City Press last month revealed that Bahumi and singer Kelly Khumalo, were set to star in the project but producers later cast KB as the older version of Lebo and Bahumi was the younger version of the star.
People were not impressed and threw shade at KB saying she lacked the “energy” and “extraordinary personality” that Lebo had.
During a sit-down interview with TshisaLIVE, KB explained that she was asked if she could put her name down on the list of potentials who could play the role of the late icon, a couple of months ago.
“I then said, ‘Do you think my name should be there?’ and they said yeah, yeah, yeah. I then said, ‘okay, great, put my name down’. But already I started to think, what is it that you are going to bring to this role? Because it is massive.”
KB explained when she first found out she was selected, she told her agent that whoever plays the role of Lebo must “kick a**”.
“When I was later approached to play the role, I realised I was given a responsibility with something so precious and something that belongs to everybody and being entrusted with it. So, I’m honoured to play this role, I do it with the utmost respect. For me it’s not just Lebo, she was a human being, she belongs to many people I haven’t met in my life and they are going to watch this.”
KB said she was grateful to be on the set of a dynamic biopic and she appreciated the opportunity given to her.
“People think we get on set every day and [are] having a jol. No, we cry every day. We feel burdened. No, we get it. I mean, if there was someone who could play this role and be Lebo Mathosa, we wouldn’t have this day. We wouldn’t need this biopic.”
Meanwhile, seven months ago, Briefly.co.za reported that the gorgeous actress, KB Motsilanyane, had suffered her fair share of heartache, but she didn't give up on love. In fact, she admitted she still believed in old-school love where the woman nurtures her man and cooks for him.
KB Motsilanyane has made a killer comeback into acting on the TV show/soapie '7de Laan' as Lesedi, and we've loved having her back on our screens. This is after the beautiful actress was ready to give up on acting altogether, according to a report by TimesLIVE.
Fortunately, she stuck with it, and we can still enjoy her great acting skills. Just like she didn't give up on acting, KB also didn't give up on love even after going through heartbreak. She went through a very public split from her ex in 2016, but that didn't kill the romance in her.
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