Thuli Thabethe opens up about her new role: “I think it’s really interesting”



Thuli Thabethe has finally spilled the tea about her role as Puleng on 1 Magic’s new telenovela Lingashoni. 

The star also shared how her views on polygamy have changed.

In her words, she stated that she is an introvert and she is not an attention kind of woman but she had to delve into the character.

Thuli mentioned that the role was very challenging for her most especially being the centre of most of the drama on the show

“Believe it or not, I am an introvert. I am so much of a loner and I don’t like attention. Playing a character outside myself is always a challenge. It’s fun and interesting because you have to delve into spaces you wouldn’t be able to delve into on your own,” she said.

“I think it’s really interesting. That’s the reason we do acting and we create telenovelas with a sense of escapism. You are always going to find yourself in a sort of drama.

“Playing the narrative of a woman caught between two men is  interesting and challenging. I think it’s interesting to kind of be aware of that situation as it’s always women fighting against each other for a man. It’s interesting to see the masculinity and the ego of a man playing itself in a drama in a bid to win this conniving, b*tch, may say I, of a woman,” Thuli said.

Talking about polygamy, she stated that she understands the role and its function from an African and traditional perspective.

“It’s funny, 10 years ago I would have said ‘hell no’, that would never be me. Ten years ago I was 26. Now I am 36 and  I am older, wiser and stronger. I wouldn’t say I’m personally open to it but I see why women end up in polygamous marriages, and I understand the role and function of polygamy from an African and traditional perspective. 

“It seems with this ‘blesser’ lifestyle we are living in, a lot of women expect to be taken care of by men and kind of treat relationships with men as a career. It’s seen as a come up for you to be married into polygamy,” said Thuli.

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