Zola Nombona and her love for acting
Film, stage and television belle Zola Nombona takes her craft so seriously she is convinced she was born to entertain, actually, she says acting is her calling.
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So versatile is the 23-year-old Nombona in playing any role, she is presently setting tongues wagging with her latest offering, portraying Roxanne Nozulu, a kidnapped gangster's girlfriend in the e.tv township crime drama series Z'bondiwe.
"It's a calling of some sort. From a young age at school I used to relish acting and dancing to Sarafina music. I love the attention, it fulfils me," she says.
With the popularity Z'bondiwe is enjoying at the moment with Nombona playing a leading role, it would not be an understatement to say she is earning her television stripes.
And so hectic is her schedule she is presently on set in Cape Town shooting the second season of the SABC1 mini-series Forced Love II, which will be making its comeback to our screens in September, starring Nombona, Khanya Mkangisa, Timmy Kwebulana and renowned director Mpumelelo Grootboom, among others.
The series was re-worked from the previous Shakespeare-adaptation Goba Msenge.
Despite the attention she gets as a well-known television thespian, she believes she is still grounded because she enjoys spending her holidays at her grandmom's place in rural Matatiele in the Eastern Cape. "My home is in Umthatha, I can be a typical city girl and the next moment I am a rural village girl as I cherish both worlds equally."
For the role of Roxanne she says she went through the rigorous auditioning like everyone else but before then one of the writers mentioned to her how she would fit the character because she could not be typecast.
"I hate being typecast, but I like playing. My work is all about playing. I am fulfilled when I push myself as I believe when exerting yourself, you get rewarded.
"As a working actress I take everything I do seriously because it is the only way to open more doors."
The dancer and singer is also a qualified applied theatre practitioner, saying she embraces theatre making while "getting into a character wholeheartedly by applying myself".
"I always ensure what I bring out is authentic by investing in my script and building the character the way I know best."
Trained in stage theatre from an early age, Nombona is a dramatic arts matriculant of the Victoria Girls High School in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape and a Wits University honours in dramatic arts graduate.
The young actress will be remembered for making her television debut as Shado in Intersexions on SABC1 in 2013 and was Lerato in the sitcom Single Guys and its spin-off Single Gals, followed by a lead role in Mzansi Magic's feature film Ingoma.
"My biggest wish is to take Mzansi talent abroad. I honestly trust I am in the process of getting there, to be known not only as a South African actor but an international one," she says.