‘Rendani’ ready to fly

She has been playing Rendani in SABC 2 drama series, Muvhango, for over two years, and is a celebrity to throngs of her fans, but at home she is still a mama and papa’s little girl. She won’t even pay for her own rented flat. She’s studying honours in Language Practice and Linguistics student with the University of Johannesburg.

She has been playing Rendani in SABC 2 drama series, Muvhango, for over two years, and is a celebrity to throngs of her fans, but at home she is still a mama and papa’s little girl. She won’t even pay for her own rented flat. She’s graduated with honours in Language Practice and Linguistics with the University of Johannesburg.
She realized one of her biggest dreams when she beat tens of thousands others who were vying for the role of Rendani in Muvhango. Innocentia Makapila is thankful to the craft that she learnt from the National School of Arts in Braamfontein, where she was a learner. Soweto Journal catches up with this petite and content actress at her home in Greenvillage, Soweto.

HOW DID YOU GET THE ROLE OF RENDANI IN MUVHANGO?

In 2011 a friend told me about a public audition that was taking place at Baseline, in Newtown in the morning. Immediately I swapped my school uniform for my private clothes. I told my parents to expect a correspondence from the school that I bunked classes on that day. I got to Baseline at 7:30, but only auditioned at 15:00. There were about 5 000 hopefuls and it was extremely hot. I was number 2 178 on the queue, but I hanged in there.

IT WAS A HUGE STEP. WERE YOU NOT SCARED OF FAILING?

I was scared because there were big names on television auditioning for the same role. Being at the art school helped to build my confidence. The confidence kept me standing. Also, I felt like the role was drawn out for me. They wanted an 18 year-old girl who could speak mainly Venda, English and two other vernacular languages and that was me. I had to go through 8 call-back auditions and waited for 2 months before I was told that I got the role. It was emotionally draining.

 HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH CRITICISMS?

I knew what I was getting myself into. It is impossible to ignore criticism. The best way to deal with them is to accept them. Some of these criticisms are true and constructive. Those that are destructive I brush them off. I approach them with the open mind, but I don’t allow them to bring me down.

 DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST DAY BEFORE STUDIO CAMERAS?

The first day of the shoot was full of background artists (extras), plus three cameras facing me. I was scared. I had never been in a setup like that before. If I could, I would run outside to gather courage, but members of the cast helped me to relax and made it easy for me. I was sweaty, but I made it.

WHO IS RENDANI?

Rendani is a law student, stubborn and ambitious about life. She aspires to call shots at Mukwevho-Mojalefa Construction. That will make her father particularly, and family members very proud.

DO YOU LIKE PLAYING THE RENDANI CHARACTER?

I do like the character because she is not different from me. She’s grounded and everything she does I’d do myself. Her character is not anything that would drop my parents’ and my church members’ jaws.

HAS APPEARING ON A NATIONAL TELEVISION CHANGED WHO YOU ARE?

I believe it hasn’t changed me. I still do things I used to do like mopping the floors at home. Rendani ends at the gate when I get home. I know how to differentiate my personalities: Inno the child; Inno in public; the same with Rendani. I am still grounded and eat mogodu le maotwana and keep old friends even though I meet new people. I am open, love people and still go to church.

HOW DO YOU JUGGLE ACTING AND SCHOOL WORK?

It is hard to juggle the two. There’s so much that goes into learning a script. You have to suck in emotions and find out how people of your character do things. Sometimes I shoot 12 scenes and have to two examinations on a same day. But I don’t want to compromise any. I give each a 100%. Basically, I don’t have a social life. If I am not preparing for Muvhango, I do my school work.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR LIFE AFTER RENDANI?

I plan to play Rendani for a long time. It is a character that grounded me. I am comfortable with Muvhango family and want to see Rendani grow bigger and even getting married. But I’ll still love to do theatre. I won’t mind interchanging playing Rendani on television and doing theatre.

 HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY?

I still need guidance. With my first earning I needed so many things, but my parents won’t allow me to buy grocery or furniture at home. I don’t even pay for my rent at school or fill my petrol tank. They told me that they will always be my parents. To them I am still a baby and depended 100% on them. But they don’t control my money.

WHAT IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE ITEM YOU HAVE BOUGHT?

I spent a fortune on my car, but a chunk of it was paid by my parents. Apart from that, I spend a lot on stilettos. I have a bully sister, and if she says it is fine to buy expensive heels why I shouldn’t I? I listen to her.

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY?

I still need guidance. With my first earning I needed so many things, but my parents won’t allow me to buy grocery or furniture at home. I don’t even pay for my rent at school or fill my petrol tank. They told me that they will always be my parents. To them I am still a baby and depended 100% on them. But they don’t control my money.

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