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Eddie Khumalo, or Bra Eddie as he’s better known, is one of the popular characters on e.tv’s soapie Scandal! He’s had his fair share of drama and scandal, as a reporter and now editor of The Voice.
Having survived 1 500 epi-sodes is an achievement. Why have they kept Eddie around?
He’s original. It’s as if I know this guy (Bra Eddie) personally. He exists and he’s authentic.
Which storyline did you have the hardest time with?
When Bra Eddie’s daughter, Lolo, left for Durban. He’s still waiting for her to come back. He’s not complete without her in his life.
Bra Eddie and Maletsatsi’s relationship has had its ups and downs – are they happy?
Yes, they are. They represent the typical SA family and they each have a history that solidifies their union. They are proof that everything will be alright in the end.
Bra Eddie’s relationship with Lolo is a tough relationship – could he have done a better job as a dad?
I think he did a great job considering that he was an alcoholic.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned about yourself while playing Eddie?
I’m still learning. Bra Eddie is not perfect. He makes mistakes and realises them quickly. That’s what I love about him.
Are there any similarities between you and him?
We’re alike in many ways. Except I don’t drink like he does.
When the show started, it was risqué. Would you have let your younger children watch it?
My own kids were old enough to watch back then, so I let them. But I wouldn’t have let younger children watch when we began. We even once shot some scenes at a Teasers and smoked. It wasn’t as family orientated as it is now.
What do you think of the show now?
I’m happy with where the show is now. The public’s response to it as well is a great indication of how good show it is.
What’s next for Bra Eddie?
Eddie continues to be a pillar for his family, friends and colleagues but becomes convinced that Tsatsi and Daniel are having an affair. Watch how he deals with it.
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