Beautiful actress Khanya Mkangisa is set to shake things up when she returns to “Isidingo” on Monday, 21 September.
Mkangisa briefly made a cameo on the SABC 3 soapie late last year as Aphiwe Nzimande, the younger sister of resident playboy Skhumbuzo Nzimande (Sisa Hewana).
Many may not remember her character, since her stay was very short, but this time around Mkangisa promises that things are about to change as she’s back in Horizon Deep to stay.
“When I got called in to read for the character I knew that the character was only going to be for a short while. I went into it thinking ‘you’re going to give your best, and show this people that they need to have you back’, and I did,” Mkangisa recalls.
Mkangisa teases that viewers can expect a love interest for Aphiwe and even more juicy a love-triangle that is going to set the small screen on fire.
“Aphiwe is no longer just Skhumbuzo’s little sister. She is her own person. We still see the same characteristics we saw when she first started, but she’s older. She’s more assertive,” Mkangisa explains.
Raised by a single mother, who is a midwife, Mkangisa became a household on teen variety show Yo-TV, after winning a presenter search competition.
However, Mkangisa holds that her child star days are behind her. Over the last few years, Mkangisa has paid her dues transitioning from child star to “It-Girl” and finally serious actress by dominating the small screen playing Nambitha Mpumlwana’s daughter in “The Lab”, Jet Novuka’s daughter in “Zone 14” and Seputla Sebogodi’s daughter in “Zabalaza”.
But the ride has not always been a smooth one for Mkangisa.
“After ‘The Lab’, I struggled a bit to get others roles because I was young. Presenting at the time came natural to me, because you just stand in front of the camera and you just enjoy yourself.”
“I started doing lessons and watching a lot of film. Then I started getting roles,” Mkangisa says.
Mkangisa, undoubtedly, cemented her footprints in the acting world earlier this year when she played Nolitha/Cleopatra in season 3 of hit TV drama “Rockville”. The role saw Mkangisa show so much acting range as her character moved to Jozi in the hopes of a brighter future, only to get robbed of her naivety after being thrown into the dark world of prostitution and drugs.
At the climax of the storyline Nolitha/Cleopatra’s journey was short-lived, as she came to her demise and earned Mkangisa acclaims in the process for delivering such a layered performance.
“A lot of girls come to Jo’burg for work to support their families just like my character Nolitha. Some come to study… Somehow it’s so easy to get caught-up with everything else,” Mkangisa points out.
“Even when Shona (Ferguson) had told me about it and I had read the script, more than scared I was nervous about pulling it off. But Shona, believed in me so much. There was no way I was not going to pull it off. He equipped me with the knowledge, with the research, with anything I could have needed to make that character a success.”
When asked if she’s currently dating anyone, Mkangisa simply replies: “No, I am not.” Inevitably, the next question becomes: what’s your ideal guy? “I am not even looking,” Mkangisa answers. Then, when posed with the question of whether she dates only famous, she retorts: “When have I ever dated famous?”