Jessica Nkosi has decided to follow her dream and broaden her horizons as an actress. But her tough decision means she is leaving Isibaya after six years on the show’s set.
“It was really hard to leave Qondi, but it has always been my dream to explore other characters. I really don’t like to be typecast – and this is how we evolve as actors.”
Last week, Ferguson Films announced that Nkosi and veteran actor Menzi Ngubane were joining Mzansi Magic’s The Queen.
“I am going to give my all to this character,” said Nkosi. “It is very exciting.”
Nkosi said Isibaya had been greatly supportive of her decision, encouraging her to grow and explore other roles. She will play Lerato Sebata in The Queen. She assured viewers that Lerato was a completely different character to Qondi.
She hasn’t started shooting her scenes yet, but said she had been in touch with the production team daily, and was getting regular updates on her character and the story.
“Lerato is like no other character I have played before, which is beautifully challenging, but, at the same time, I am so nervous. But I try to understand her character biography and family background more every day.”
Ferguson Films, owned by power couple Connie and Shona Ferguson, has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons recently. The company has been accused of allegedly firing actors; the latest of whom was Dineo Langa.
But on Friday, Connie Ferguson set the record straight in an interview on Azania Mosaka’s show on Radio 702: “We don’t fire actors, I don’t like that word. Sometimes actors come, sometimes actors leave of their own accord.”
When City Press asked Nkosi whether she had any fears about being axed from The Queen, she said she didn’t like to entertain such rumours.
“That [being axed] is the last thing on my mind. I cannot live in fear, otherwise I won’t do my best as a storyteller. In the coming months, viewers should look forward to seeing Lerato. I am playing a personality type I have not played before. I cannot wait to surprise the viewers.”
Meanwhile, new telenovela Gomora has ousted The Queen as the most-watched show on
Mzansi Magic. The Broadcast Research Council of SA said the April TV ratings data, released this week, showed that Gomora boasted an average of 2.5 million viewers; The Queen was sitting at 2.3 million.
Gomora’s executive producer, Kutlwano Ditsele, said that when they started making the show, they loved the story and felt really strongly about it.
“But there was no guarantee that the viewers would like it, so we are overwhelmed and filled with gratitude to have a show that resonates with the viewers at this massive scale,” he said, adding that being back on set was amazing.
He said the cast and crew were great, and they were so happy to be out of lockdown because it allowed them to shoot again.
“Being able to continue creating the magic with our team has been really fulfilling.”
However, Ditsele conceded that one of biggest challenges they faced as a production was ensuring that everyone took their health and safety seriously regarding the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
“We are working with health and safety experts who have helped us to put safety protocols in place. We have had to rethink the way we tell our stories so we don’t put our cast in danger. There is ongoing training on how to protect ourselves and work in ways that minimise the risk of infection.”