Alexandra-born actor, Senzokuhle Radebe (24), is a living testimony that nothing should stop you from achieving your dreams. Without any formal drama qualification, he has went on to star in one of South Africa’s most watched TV soapies, Muvhango.
By: Sihle Masuku
Photos by: PlanIphotography
The young actor is elated about season 2 of Ingozi – a drama series which tells the story of how one eventful night on the road tears apart the lives of three different families.
In the series Senzo plays the role of Dali Ndamase, a self-involved spoilt brat.
Senzo can look intimidating from a distance because of his buff physique but, when you speak to him he displays charm and humility.
The young star is also a philanthropist and is always thinking of ways to help aspiring actors in his township, Alexandra.
Blacklight met with Senzo to find out more about his journey as an actor.
Blacklight: You are famously known for playing Sthembiso on Muvhango, how did you land that role?
Senzo: I got the role in 2013, while doing grade 12. I went to audition for the character of Vusi. I did not get the role, but they were so impressed with me that they they created a new role which they believed would suit me better. That is how I was offered the role of Sthembiso, and my TV career was launched.
BL: What do you enjoy about playing the role of Sithembiso?
S: I enjoy playing Sthe because he is more similar to who I am as a person. Sthe is from the hood and is always hustling his way up in the corporate world, which is something I am also about. I mingle with people who help better me as an actor and as a person.
BL: Before Muvhango, what other roles did you play?
S: Before Muvhango, I did a lot of community theatre, and after that things started to happen for me. I got offered a small role on Mzansi Magic’s telenovela Ring of Lies. Soon after that I got the leading role on SABC 1‘s series, Ingozi. We have just started shooting season 2 of the show and I am very excited about that.
BL: Having gotten your headstart in theatre, what do you prefer between theatre and TV?
S: I have fallen in love with television, however, most actors prefer theatre because it allows you to fully immerse yourself in the character and story. I love fully exploring all emotions within a story, nonstop, from beginning to end , whereas with TV, the director can stop you in between scenes to further perfect the performanace. For example, many actors cannot cry on the first, second or third take, but I can because theatre helped to develop my skills as an actor. So, theatre truly laid the foundation for me to become a versatile actor.
BL: What have you learned about the acting industry, since you started?
S: I have learned that you need to be smart when choosing an agent. Your agent needs to be someone you trust and who has your best interest at heart. They need to understand where you come from and where you are planning to go with your career. Every endorsement deal or whatever I get into, I have learned that I need to always discuss it with my agent because it is easy to get ripped off in this industry, especially as a young actor.
BL: Many consider you to be sexy, what does the term “sexy” mean for you?
S: Ha! ha! ha!…. that is definitely not the reason I go to the gym six days a week. Sexy, for me, is symmetry – there needs to be a balance. It’s holistic and needs to be inside out.
BL: When you are not on set, how do you spend your time?
S: I am a personal trainer and that’s what I busy with when I am not shooting.
BL: What is your intention with all that you do?
S: I am all about proving to my people in the township that it is possible. I plan to open up a production house so that I can open doors for the less fortunate actors who aspire to break into the industry.