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International magazine names Thuso Mbedu new face to watch

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INTERNATIONAL magazine Essence has named actress Thuso Mbedu the new face to watch.

The two-time Emmy-nominated actress is set to play a lead role on Barry Jenkins’ series The Underground Railroad, adapted from Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

She’s the first Mzansi woman to have a lead role in an American TV series and is described as someone who has broken the narrative.

“Issa “New Face to Watch” on the May/June issue of @essence magazine! Available now,” she wrote on Instagram.

Now part of the international series, Thuso told Essence she fell in love with acting at high school. She first realised her talent after moving her class to tears with her delivery of a poem.

That was the moment when I realised there’s more to this than I understand. Acting is a tool for change and I fell in love with it and ran with it,” said Thuso.

For her big international role, Thuso had months to prep.

“I did a little research of my own while I was in South Africa to get acquainted with the subject matter and realised as Africans we have an idea of what we think the experience was like for the black body in America at the time, but then I realised we actually have no clue. We think we emphathise, we think we sympathise – but because we have no idea, we are not touching the surface of what the reality was,” Thuso told the magazine.

 

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