One cannot dispute the fact that the stars are truly aligned for Pearl Thusi. The actress/presenter is steadily making her mark in Hollywood and we couldn’t be more proud. During her recent trip back to SA, the plain-spoken actress took some time out to chat to us about life in America, her love for acting, and the new season of Quantico.
How are you finding life in New York?
I’m really enjoying myself there. I’ve learnt a lot about people, the world and most importantly I’ve learnt a lot about myself.
What can we look forward to in this new season of Quantico?
There’s going to be a lot more focus on romance and the characters. There is still going to be a lot of action but there’ll be room to breathe. You’ll get to understand the characters a whole lot better than having to understand and figure out what’s going on.
Can you tell us a bit about your role in this new season of Quantico?
I’m still in the same role but the character itself becomes a lot more confident, self-assured, and decides to stop running away from her past. She uses the lessons from her past to get the team forward and protect the people of America in the best way that she can. The same way America offered her a safe haven.
We were first introduced to you through presenting. Would you say acting is something you’ve always wanted to do or is it something that found you?
I would say acting is something that I’ve always wanted to do. If there’s anything I had to work hard towards, it’s been acting. Everything else (which I also worked hard for) was not as challenging as the acting. I think only because as an actor the opportunities aren’t as readily available as in presenting. Presenting is also difficult but it’s just being an amplified version of you and sharing a message with people and I’m very comfortable doing. Modelling, radio and presenting all lead me to where I am today.
Which local actress do you identify with the most and why?
I actually have three. I love Terry Pheto, not just for her talent but also the amazing things that she’s done. Michelle Botes who played Cherel De Villiers-Haines in Isidingo was one of my biggest inspirations to become an actress. And then lastly, I truly believe she’s possibly the most talented actress we have in Africa – Masasa Mbangeni. Her work is so engaging and captivating. She’s never been a presenter so people don’t know her personally but her work really speaks for itself.
If there’s anything you could change about the television and film industry what would it be and why?
The only thing I would change about the industry is the people who serve it the most, which is the artist. I wouldn’t change the people and their talent per se but I’d change the way that they value themselves. I really believe that we have the power to command more job security and more respect on-set and off-set. What’s holding is back is that we’re too ready to serve our own needs than the need of the industry itself and that is drawing us back in the industry – If we weren’t so ready to win as individuals we could win a collective and rise much higher as individuals.
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