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#aTypicalInterview with Pearl Thusi

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Published Jan 26, 2019


In this week’s A-Typical interview we feature Pearl Thusi, a South African actress, model, television host, and radio personality.

Thusi is well known for her portrayal of Patricia Kopong in comedy-drama series ‘The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency’, Dayana Mampasi in the ABC thriller Quantico, and Samkelo in the romantic drama film Catching Feelings.

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She is also the host of Lip Sync Battle Africa on MTV, and has also starred in popular soap opera Isidingo.

If you could be a fly on the wall, where would you land?

If you’re asking me who I’d want to spy on… it would be crooked government officials, Beyonce, Oprah, Meryl Streep and Viola Davis.

If you could have a conversation with any one of our world leaders, who would it be and why?

Any and all Female leaders (Presidents and Prime Ministers) . Women in influential of world changing organisations. I have so many questions. A woman I regularly list as a hero of mine is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf… I had the honour of meeting her briefly. It was ethereal.

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If you could shop for free at one store, which one would you choose?


Who’s your celebrity crush?

Zinhle Jiyane.

Would you rather win an Olympic medal, an Academy Award or the Nobel Peace prize?

Why are am I being limited. I’ll take all of them if possible.

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Which TV family is most like your own?

My family is extremely unique… I can’t think of one. But if I had to find one I’d want my family to be like, I’d choose the “Blackish” family.

Who would play you in a movie of your life?

My daughter most likely.

Tell me three things you remember about nursery school?

The graduation days and the outfits I loved as a kid.

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The teacher LMAO- they were hilarious.

How smart the teachers thought I was.

The uncle who used to pick us up and drop us off.  He was so hectic. He’d chase us with “imvubu” when we were taking too long to get in the van.

What is your favorite drinking game to play and why?

I’ve never played drinking games. My bad.

What is the most embarrassing thing you have ever worn?

I’ve never really been embarrassed about anything I’ve worn. People have tried to make me feel ashamed but other than that  I can’t think of anything.

Maybe… actually… like when I’ve received the wrong brief or get dragged somewhere I wasn’t prepared for and I feel underdressed. Or when a designer lets me down and things are last minute. But I move on and let things go so this question is hard for me to answer.

The Saturday Star 

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