MODEL and actress Pearl Thusi says she is having the time of her life in her new role as a prominent lawyer in the popular SABC3 soapie, Isidingo
Two weeks into her role, she has received mixed reaction from viewers and experts, with some saying she will get better with time while others have been swept off their feet with her performance.
Thusi, who has had stints on television series such as Zone 14and Soul City, says she has received “amazing” reactions and enjoys working with the Isidingo crew.
“Everybody is so supportive. It is a really healthy environment for young actors and actresses. The main focus of course is to deliver an amazing show for viewers.”
Thusi plays Palesa Motaung, a hot-shot lawyer with a dark past who is also hellbent on getting her revenge.
“My friends and family are always glued to their screens and the response from the public on Twitter has been totally amazing,” she says.
While it’s still early days yet, it is quite clear though that Palesa is going to cause a lot of trouble in the small town of Horizon Deep.
Scriptwriter Percy Vilakazi says it’s always tricky when an established celebrity who is known for a particular persona, in this instance as the presenter of Real Goboza and Live AMP, suddenly has to take up a major role in a big soapie like Isidingo.
“When you have a person like that, people tend to expect drama right away because they already have expectations, so they tend to get impatient,” says Vilakazi
TV presenter Dalen Lance says producers must have seen something great in Thusi, which probably explains her rapid growth in the industry.
Singer and celebrity blogger MaBlerh says Thusi “impressed” him, when he saw her for the first time on the soapie.
But avidIsidingo follower and PR consultant James Moloi says he feels a bit let down so far.
“There had been quite a lot of hype around it, but watching it hasn’t been the best. Maybe because the role is just starting out so it is still quite restricted,” he says.
SOURCE: Sunday World