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Scandal! has a new villain in town. Best known for his award-winning role as Vija in
Inxeba(The Wound), Bongile Mantsai is delighted to join Etv’s
Scandal! like Mthunzi Mayisa.
Born in Stellenbosch and raised in a small town of Kayamandi, Mantsai is a pastor’s child and has a musical background influenced by the church.
He says his first introduction to the arts was through music, “like I used to compose music for the choir. From there I went to Stellenbosch University and that’s how I got into the theater. “
With the days that count until its debut the
Scandal!, we chatted with Mantsai about his new role in the soap opera and his love for the theater.
From the big screen to the small screen, what does this new phase of your career involve and mean to you?
Two different environments with different but very pleasant and amazing challenges.
Tell us about your new character r.
He is the new villain, son of Maduna who is the servant of the Langa family. He’s an unpredictable character that you can’t really place him on. He will do anything to get what he wants.
What can we expect from you as an actor on television?
A new approach to art.
Your acting career, where did it all start?
I started acting in 1997. I was writing music for plays and from there I got roles and the rest is history.
What do you think is the best role you have played and what role do you aspire to play?
Theater: John’s role in Mies Julie was my favorite. Screen: Vija on Inxeba was also my favorite. I aspire to play any role that is challenging.
Do you still play bad boy / villain / danger inspired roles?
I played several roles mainly in the theater, so on screen I still need to explore the role of a good guy.
What point in your career can you identify as a point of growth for you?
Every point in my career is a point of growth because no day is alike and there is a challenge in everything.
Playing the role of Vija in Inxeba: How did this experience go for you and what was your objective in playing this character?
Playing Vija was very difficult because of her sexual orientation as it meant I had to tap into a world that I didn’t know. The goal was to tell a story that I had never told before, a story that is important and relevant to our society.
As an off-screen person – what kind of person are you?
I am interested in working with young people, I am a hard worker and I like to explore new things.
What is your ultimate goal as an actor?
Make an international film.
Are South Africans ready to tackle problems by telling stories? If not, why do you think this is the case?
I would say we are afraid to tell our own stories and the reason is that there were few platforms for Africans to tell their own stories and therefore other people find it interesting to interpret our own stories and tell them in their own way.
Historically, we have always felt comfortable telling our stories to others who had the resources to take them to the masses.
One last word ?
I want to encourage young people to keep working hard to achieve their goals, to pursue their dreams. The reason I say this is because it took me 15 years to reach that point in my life where I feel a new adventure has started for me. Everything takes time, but perseverance is important in life.
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