When Thembi Seete first found out she was going to play his wife, she jumped for joy.
Seasoned actor Zolisa Xaluva is no stranger to our tv screens. Add another veteran actress, Thembi Seete to the mix and you have a cocktail of talent. This is the recipe that’s making new TV show Gomora a hit with Mzansi. Thembi Seete and Zolisa Xaluva have managed to capture Gomora fans with their on-screen characters.
Thembi Seete (Gladys) plays a loving mom, wife to Zolisa Xaluva (Melusi), social worker and a pillar of her community. Gladys loves Alex with every fibre of her being and wants to save it from social and economic injustices.
“I have learnt that if you want to be in the industry for a long time work hard to prove yourself and constantly reinvent your brand.” She’s enjoying working alongside seasoned actor Zolisa Xaluva (39), who is her on-screen husband Melusi Dlamini, a school principal.
“I love working with Zolisa. He’s very easy to get along with,” she says.
It’s not the first time they’re working together. They played brother and sister in Kings of Joburg. Thembi is a gifted artist for whom I have an incredible amount of respect,” Zolisa says.
“She has managed to create a remarkable career and a business. We get along great. I enjoy our work and value our friendship.”
He’s enjoying his current role.
“Melusi has solid principles, an insane amount of discipline and a great sense of commitment. He’s still in love with Thati but chooses his family over her,” he says, referring to his character’s past with the show’s leading lady, played by Katlego Danke.
Promoted ContentBefore landing the role of Melusi, Zolisa wrapped shooting on Kings of Joburg, a Ferguson Films production coming out on Netflix sometime soon.
The Port Elizabeth-born actor says he has learnt to keep his feet firmly on the ground and to have a clear vision.
“I learnt to be a pleasure to work with, without being a pushover. Treat every job as an audition for your next one, develop and sharpen your skills always. Have fun and learn from all the people that surround you. Laugh a lot, it’s not that serious.”
After 17 years in the industry, Zolisa is grateful to still be working. “I hope God will continue to bless me,” he says.
Thembi, meanwhile, wants to get more diverse acting roles in the future.
“I’m hoping the producing appetite will come up and blossom again. The opportunity to work both on- and offscreen excites me. I’m really drawn to telling engaging stories: writing and giving words a heartbeat and seeing it all come alive.”
‘I enjoy our work and value our friendship’