My work speaks for me, says The Queen star Khayakazi Kula

09 November 2017 - 16:20
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Her casting for Mzansi Magic's drama series The Queen last November was a walk in the park for Khayakazi Kula, thanks to her famous tear-jerker portrayal of Lizeka on SABC1's Intsika.

The diminutive actress attributes her clinching the role to previously "nailing it" on the drama Intsika .

"Unlike in other shows, I didn't have to go through the auditioning process to get to play Martha on The Queen. The casting director, Twiggy Matiwane, knew what I was capable of," she said.

"We've worked together on other productions. I only did one scene for The Queen last November when I "killed it".

"I was informed after three weeks that I got the role. I was told that it was a small role with the potential to grow."

Despite coming from a wealthy family, Martha works as a waitress. She chooses to go against her family's wishes and marries a poor husband, Thomas.

Loving Martha is also loyal to her jailed first husband, who took the rap for the drug peddling queen Harriet's sin.

"I'm glad I pounced on that opportunity. Besides, in this industry, you grab anything that comes your way hoping it will elevate your profile. Jobs are hard to come by, and who wouldn't want to work with the Fergusons?

"I'm not going to lie. Of all the roles I've played, the Lizeka character turned me into a household name. I turned heads wherever I went. I got instant recognition as that actor on Intsika."

It has not been too bad for the New Brighton-born Thespian, who had no clue which career she wanted to pursue.

"I've been an entertainer since I was a little girl. But I was oblivious of the fact that mimicking my elders while singing or praying, I was unintentionally paving my way into the entertainment industry," she said.

Kula prides herself on that she comes from a big family. She grew up with her cousins under one roof.

"My uncle was a preacher so midweek prayer meetings were held at home. I would imitate the elders. I found it all funny."

Kula's latest role was playing Bonnie on etv's Broken Vows. She has featured in a number of local TV productions, including Soul City, Isikizi, Kowethu and Tshisa!.