The successful TV presenter, radio DJ and reserved actress, Katlego Danke, has been in the acting industry since her emergence 18 years ago, after making her debut appearance as the psychotic Keketso in e.tv’s Backstage.
Her longevity in the industry has been an envy for many and she recently bagged a new role in Gomora, but what makes her tick? Some would ask. Meanwhile, her success in the trade has been attributed to her dedication to duty and her ability to mind her own business.
After Backstage, she starred as Dineo Mashaba in Generations and also had a stint in Isidingo, the 18 year-old actress has since landed a new role in Mzansi Magic’s new telenovela Gomora, which explores an entertaining tale of two worlds crashing.
In the new show, she will feature as a strong and determined young lady, Thathi: “She’s a feisty, self-entitled, never-say-die character who is a sensitive soul and loves the finer things in life,” she told Move magazine.
LIFE IN CHARACTER
Viewers have a mind picture they attach to her, obviously from her previous characters, while she is well known for her role in the soapie Generations as Dineo Mashaba, but, in Gomora she will be telling a different story altogether.
“I just think it’s the only two characters I’ve played out of many in my career that fall under that description. And I think Dineo was just introduced as the trophy wife, but she was so much more than that. Which I hope viewers will discover with Thathi too,” she said.
As if asked to replicate her life off the screens, she and her new character Thathi, are more like siamese twins, they share a lot in common and this even makes it easier for her to portray this new human being.
“We both make sure we fight hard to land on our feet and create a life that makes sense to us. We both never give up easily on anything we believe in. I can relate to her fierce motherly nature,” she said.
IN GOOD COMPANY
They say a story is as good as its source and that the type of friends one associates with, determines what they would become in life.
People are as good as their friends and Katlego’s tagline is having worked with the industry's big names. She mixed and mingled with the right people and that also raised her career graph.
Some of the notable people she worked with include Vusi Kunene, Themba Ndaba, Connie Chiume, Seputla tla Sebogodi, Patrick Shai, Nambitha bitha Mpumlwana and Laurence Fishburne, urne, to name a few.
For her, Gomora, though being a new show, will not see her wander about as if she were a lost kid in the jungle, she will reunite and work alongside former co-star Zolisa Xaluva, this would help her to fit in quickly.
“It is our third production working together with her and it’s always a pleasure.. It is always easy working with people who are passionate about the craft and this is clear in every character he portrays. And it helps that we also get along really well off set, so it makes everything work well,” she said.
PLANS NS FOR THE FUTURE URE
Katlego's plate is as full as her pot, she has a number of projects in the pipeline. “There are a few projects I’m busy with but nothing really that I can mention outright. I’m hoping to do a lot of film work too,” she said.
Born in the North West, her childhood was spent in places such as Mafikeng, Potchefstroom, Mabopane, and Ga-Rankuwa. The actress’s early education is not very clear, but she joined the University of Cape Town and graduated with a BA in Theatre and Performance.
The actress is so passionate about her trade and it is her hope to see veterans in the industry getting recognition during their lifetime.
“It is imperative that people who are doing amazing and great work in the industry get the recognition whilst they are alive, and this also inspires future artists,” she said.