What an incredible honor it is to play and become a character who lacks one of the most important senses – a sense of sight !!
A moment that most of us hungry actors await ! A challenge that you can either eat up or run from … and boy did I deck the table and eat it up , I ate it with my hands , feet , heart and soul ! Yum
How the storyline happened:
When my pregnancy hit 6 months , I knew that an exit storyline was inevitable! But me being me , I did not want a “going away to see Georgie” type of exit or “I’m off to Germany to get the Sheeben more deals” lol NO ! I wanted , infact I needed a damning exit !
Why ?! … My character “Nina” gets away with murder on a daily basis, I felt the need to satisfy our audience and myself and bring Nina to her knees ! I will never forget my conversation with our head writer Mr David Gordon especially the part where he said “Khabonina , permission to FUCK NINA UP , Granted !!” I knew then , that our incredibly talented & mad writing team was onto something!
Shooting the “Blind” scenes :
I walked onto set and saw dark glasses & I was told “we have prosthetics nearby” to “Help me” play the blind scenes ! Like WTF ?! HELL NO ! I will not take that route , I thought to myself. Then I humbly requested to please shoot the scenes raw , no dark glasses no prosthetics, then director will decide from there … PLEASE! – said I !
My wish was granted and I played blind , blind all the way to my exit ! *insert air punch* lol
There are many actors I got the ‘blind inspiration’ from , both locally and internationally! “Al Pacino” in – Scent of a Woman was my fave ! I’ve always been a fan of the man . It’s not just how he plays the part but it’s how it’s shot , how each scene tells a story through his world and continuously brings us the audience in ! Love it !
I really hope our Isidingo audience felt that story too. It was a great collaboration of great directing , writing & acting ! I am really proud of us !
Thank you Africa for the constant Love !
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