Celeste Khumalo is back and making waves on TV


She has been away from the limelight for some time, but now she is back on TV with a bang.
She plays a well respected human rights lawyer, Bulelwa Jafta on Generations: The Legacy.

The call that changed everything
For just months on the show, she still feels surreal. “It was exciting getting a call from Generations, more so when it was a leading role. Working almost every day is important for an actor because constant work means you get better.”
And for her, learning tips from her co-stars makes it all easier.

“SK Khoza was really helpful when I started on The Queen. On Generations I had the likes of Vusi Kunene, telling me it comes with time and to keep practising,” she said.

She also gives credit to Ferguson Films on The Queen, where she played a cruel character, Linda. “At first people didn’t like me, but now wherever I go they ask me why I had to die and tell me I was their favourite,” she said.

Getting started
She was introduced to Mzansi when she was crowned Miss SA Teen in 2011 aged 19. She held herself well at the Varsity despite the fame, and the first prize was a bursary. After graduating with a BA in corporate communications from Varsity College, she and her single mother Nomsa Khumalo started a nail bar in Pretoria. She said that shaped her into what she is today.

Living her best life
She loves travelling especially abroad, and added that she is comfortable anywhere in the world. She still contemplates furthering her career.

“The world is such a big place. I see myself moving for the experiences I will have. When God is ready, I will follow. This world has standards and Hollywood is one such standard” she said.

Despite having had at one time posted roses sent to her, she likes to keep her love life private.
“You won’t see the guy, and you can never be sure if he is the same one. You can never be sure if I bought the roses for myself,” she added.

She has a number charitable plans in place, at the moment she is renovation a primary school in Umkomaas, KNZ with the help of an NGO. The school has shortages of teachers and resources. She also wants to finish her MBA.
“There are things that are happening,” she said. “God manifests those things.”

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