Pietermaritzburg’s Thuso Mbedu, otherwise famous for her role in Generations: The Legacy, has again been nominated for an Emmy Award.
The 27-year-old local star, has been nominated for a second year in a row for an International Emmy Best Actress Award for her role as Winnie in the second season of the Mzansi Magic drama Is’thunzi.
The Maritzburg Sun caught up with this acclaimed actor when she was in town on Friday.
Born at the Midlands Medical Centre, Mbedu grew up in Pelham, went to Pelham Primary School, and matriculated at the Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School.
Raised by her grandmother since she was four years old, after her mother died from a brain tumour, Mbedu said she was never left wanting for anything as her grandmother filled the role of being both parent and grandmother.
“My grandmother filled the role of both mother and father. My reality was being brought up by my grandmother and I really never had that gap of not having my parents in my life. She was a school principal and was very strict,” said Mbedu.
Although embracing and climbing the ladder of success in her acting career now, Mbedu said acting was not always part of her plans as she wanted to study something in the faculty of science and medicine.
“Growing up, I wanted to be a dermatologist. I took dramatic arts as one of my subjects in grade 10 because I felt it was one of the easier subjects and eventually fell in love with it,” said Mbedu.
After matriculating in 2009, she enrolled to study drama and performing arts at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mbedu was fortunate enough to go into television immediately after she graduated in 2014.
Her first big TV gig was on e.tv’s Scandal! ,where she played the character of 21-year-old Kitso Medupe.
In a space of four years, Mbedu says nothing could have prepared her for being nominated for an Emmy award twice.
“I have gone through a range of emotions since I found out about the nomination. At first it was disbelief, then shock and it all felt surreal. What I feel right now though is complete gratitude. For the nomination and everything that led to this moment and the people who have helped me get here in my journey,” she said.
“I know people who have been nominated six times, yet they have never won. I am just enjoying the exciting and humbling experience. This time I am chilled. It’s not like the first nomination, where I was a bit nervous because I didn’t know what to expect,” she said.
The Emmys are set to take place on November 15.