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Mnqobi Kunene on his breakthrough role as Kwanele Dlamini on Outlaws

Actor Mnqobi Kunene recently added the cherry on top of an impressive year when he bagged a starring role on the hit Showmax Original show, Outlaws. Picture: Supplied

Actor Mnqobi Kunene recently added the cherry on top of an impressive year when he bagged a starring role on the hit Showmax Original show, Outlaws. Picture: Supplied

Published Oct 16, 2023

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The newest kid on the block, Mnqobi Kunene, is establishing himself on screens thanks to the several captivating roles that he has landed.

The actor and fitness trainer, who is well known for his appearances on 1 Magic’s How to Manifest a Man and the hit Showmax Original Outlaws, gets candid about his journey.

In Outlaws, Kunene plays Kwanele Dlamini, whose love for Sile (breakout star Nirvana Nokwe-Mseleku) goes way back to when they were kids.

He speaks about what sparked his interest in being part of Outlaws, pointing out that he believes the role was meant for him.

“To be honest, I feel like this project chose me. Coming from an agricultural background and attending an agricultural school, I truly believe this role was meant for me.”

Speaking about how he brought the cultural background to the character he plays, he said: “This story is more like the life I wanted for myself; a life that was the plan when my dad was around. The first audition was on the anniversary of the day that my dad passed away, so it felt like it was a gift from him. With my agricultural background, it now feels like I am incorporating my experiences into the story and reliving my life,” said Kunene.

He says he is a qualified lover boy in the role of Kwanele, and his major desire is to marry Sihle, his love interest in the novel. He is, nevertheless, a pampered brat, which adds complexity to his character and creates interesting dynamics.

Laying details about his character, he relates to it in some ways, explaining that it is about being deeply in love and cherishing a connection with someone you have known since childhood.

He says all you want is to marry this person, and he does not see anyone else besides her.

He further spoke about the chemistry between his characters, Kwanele and Sihle.

“The chemistry between Kwanele and Sihle is really good in the beginning because they have known each other since they were teenagers, until the loss of her parents, which then changes the chemistry between them because she finds someone who is able to fill that gap of grief. Working with Nirvana was great. We met during the audition process for the show, so we developed a friendship before we started filming,” said Kunene.

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