She is Mzansi’s lady of the moment. A woman rumoured to be the next acting giant… But actress Thuso Mbedu’s star has lost some shine as she has been given the boot!
In July this year, Thuso joined SABC1 soapie Generations: The Legacy as Okuhle, and her fans were excited. Now, only a few months later, the Emmy-nominee and Safta award-winning actress has been axed.
At the time of her joining the soapie, producers announced her as a principle cast member. Things allegedly took a turn when writers didn’t know how to take her character further as the storyline was rumoured to have become monotonous.
An informant said: “Producers were happy to have Thuso as part of the show, but it didn’t work out as they thought it would.”
Said another source: “Expectations were that the character would grow into a full-time role, but because it wasn’t strong enough, it didn’t work. She’s used to playing stronger characters and this one was too weak. It was a poor decision from the producers. She could have stayed had she been given a stronger role.”
Another informant said producers wanted to ride the crest of the wave of her international fame.
“They thought the buzz around her Emmy nomination would work well for the soapie’s ratings. They didn’t think it through at all.”
Thuso was jobless before landing the role as Okuhle. She reportedly previously admitted to struggling with landing roles in the industry after her Emmy nomination.
Said a third source: “She, like every other actress, wanted a steady income, so she also didn’t give this much thought.”
Generations: The Legacy publicist Gaaratwe Mokhethi said: “It was a pleasure having Thuso on set. She brought the character to life and ensured Okuhle really crept into the hearts of viewers in a short space of time. Our producers have been and continue to be in discussion with Thuso and her agent regarding her possible future availability.”
This week, Thuso confirmed she left the show: “I was never going to be there for long. My understanding was that I would be there for at least a period of four months and then maybe something more.”