An exclusive Interview With Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa

  • What did you enjoy most about working on the short film Lace?The whole experience was amazing. Competing against the very best the world in the 48 hours challenge and placing second overall out of over 5000 submissions was such a proud moment for me as a South African and Actress. 
  • Did you audition for the role or you were approached? I was approached two months before the whole production began. Filmapalooza @ 48 Hour Film Project is an international film festival and competition in which every country is given 48 hours to shoot and produce a film. We were all briefed online and given a film genre to run with, and we got Sci-Fi. We didn’t sleep at all as we had to conceptualise, film and edit the project within a 48-hours. It was such a thrilling experience and one of the reasons I love acting so much.
  • What attracted you to begin a career as an actress? I was inspired by the Sarafina movie. I grew up in Soweto understanding that you had to get a 9 to 5 job in order to have a good standard of life. From watching Sarafina, I just made up my mind and decided that I wanted to be an actress rather than a doctor.
  • When was your first role as an actor? My first role was at I was about 15/16 years old. I actually stole the script while my mother was on set and after reading it, I just knew I wanted to play this character. I secretly auditioned for the role, and I remember the producer shouting, “who’s child is this” and asking me where my mother was. That’s how I got the role, and I have never looked back since.
  • What has been your greatest accomplishment as an actress? I believe as an actress; I haven’t reached my greatest accomplishment yet. My journey has been more of a learning curve. I believe I’m still learning more, and hopefully, God will keep guiding me.  I do have an international award, which is the biggest thing for me but I’m still gunning for an Oscar and more.
  • Describe your acting style; I love acting in films where there is a lot of energy, fun, and a light environment.
  • What kind of roles do you prefer? I love performance rich roles, and I think South Africa still needs to get used to such roles. I believe my character in The Herd is getting there and we started her as a nice girl, but in the end, people will be wondering how did she change. I am enjoying seeing the change in my character, which is a result of the great partnership and understanding I have with the director, Danny Miller. I love working with directors who are like that. He’s amazing!
  • If you weren’t famous, what would you be up to right now? If I wasn’t famous, I would have been a psychologist. I love getting too deep into the human psyche, helping people find solutions to the brokenness. This might be because of my life journey and some of my experiences.
  • Tell me about a time when you had a really bad day but had to perform that night. How did you get through it? When I was shooting a Rockville scene, a tabloid paper had just written a terrible story about me. I remember stepping onto the set and telling myself, so what if people are talking about me, and I need to perform because I know I didn’t do anything wrong.  I just put on my big girl shoes and moved on.
  • What’s your annoying habit? My most annoying habit is that I do not communicate how I’m feeling when my co-actors are not giving me their all.
  • What actor would you rate as a perfect 10? Pamela Nomvete. She is intense and never overperforms, and she has passion in her eyes. I would love to perform with her because I am also passionate, so it would nice just to share the same energy on set.
  • Who is your inspiration? My inspiration is definitely Leleti Khumalo. She inspired me because of how well she told the Sarafina story. She inspired me to become who I am today.
  • What would you like remembered about you? I would love to be remembered for who I am. To be remembered for my smile, for loving people and also for being an artist who never gave up. I would love to be remembered as a philanthropist who in her own way helped changed the perception of South Africa and the continent as a whole.
  • What is one message you would give to your fans? Never stop, keep walking. Fall a thousand times. Sometimes you’re just getting a lesson. Keep walking with those scars. Listen. Keep educating yourself and work hard until you make your dreams a reality.

Thanks so much for reading, hope to see you again :)

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