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#aTypicalInterview: SA actress and model Thabisile Zikhali on her favourite role in her acting career

SA actress and model Thabisile Zikhali. Supplied image.

SA actress and model Thabisile Zikhali. Supplied image.

Published Apr 3, 2022


Johannesburg - This week we feature award-winning South African actress, model and entrepreneur Thabisile Zikhali.

She is well known for her role in local action thriller film Alleyway, where she plays Nora, a curious radio presenter who helps a man who was unlawfully arrested for a crime he did not commit.

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She also stars in hit local series Rockville, a drama series which is in its fifth season. She plays the role of Sweety, a sassy, confident sex worker at a high-class brothel, disguised as Hotel Paradiso.

Most recently, Zikhali joined the formidable cast of Uzalo as a well-educated officer of the law.

In her career as an actress, Zikhali won the highly acclaimed best new actor award at the Scream Awards 2021 in Nigeria.

SA actress and model Thabisile Zikhali. Supplied image.

The role you've most enjoyed playing in your acting career so far is…?

I really enjoyed playing the character Sweety on Rockville! I’ve never played a prostitute before and I learnt so much about their world.

You are able to star in a movie across any SA actor. Who do you choose?

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It would have to be Tsholo Matshaba because she embodies her characters so effortlessly and realistically. I enjoy watching her perform.

Your biggest regret in life is…?

Believing my friends and family when they told me I can’t do it.

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SA actress and model Thabisile Zikhali. Supplied image.

The one thing most people don’t know about you is…?

I’m naturally a very hyperactive person but I’m shy around people I don’t know.

The meal that most reminds you of your childhood is…?

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Ujeqe and beans.

Your favourite item of clothing in your closet currently is…?

All my sexy dresses!

You are stuck in an elevator with President Cyril Ramaphosa. What is the first thing you ask him?

I would ask him on his thoughts about the current state of our country at the moment.

The best and worst thing about living in South Africa is…?

Best: I love the diverse cultures and languages that we have in our country.

Worst: I hate the fact that women constantly have to learn different ways to protect themselves from men.

Your favourite cast member from Uzalo is…?


You are only able to shop at one clothes store for the rest of your life. Which clothes store do you choose?

I would choose Factorie.