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Another Motswana joins Generations


More and more Batswana are realising their dreams in South Africa. It has been common with football, but now other fields have followed suit. Recently Batswana have watched the arrival of Lerato Motshwarakgole in the much-loved soapie, Generations on SABC 1. She plays Zimbini Tlhaole, Dineo’s half-sister. Reporter Ketshepile More talks to her about her dream.

BOPA: Who is Lerato Motswarakgole?
Lerato: Lerato is a young Motswana girl from Molepolole currently pursuing her passion in acting.I realised from a young age that this is what I wanted to do, so I studied Theatre and Performance at UCT.

BOPA: How was your first day on the Generations set?
Lerato: It was very exciting until I had to get my hair cut to play Zimbini. Luckily, my mother was with me so that helped. It was lovely meeting the cast, directors and the production team. Everyone was very warm.

BOPA: When did you start shooting your scenes? Is it a short-lived character or we will see more of you next year? How is Zimbini similar or different from Lerato?

Lerato: I started shooting in September. There is promise that the character will be extended. I can’t say anything for now, but the future is very exciting. Zimbini and I are very different. I’m more like Rebabedi (Zimbini’s identical twin sister). Zimbini is an extrovert who loves fashion and bright colours. She speaks her mind and she has no inhibitions. I’m an introvert who loves minimalism in all aspects of my life. I’m very quiet and I speak when I am spoken to. I’m like Zimbini with only two people in my life.

BOPA: What have been your highlights in the soapie, your most amazing experience?
Lerato: When I wasn’t shooting a scene, I would sit in the artist lounge and just watch the other actors shoot their scenes. Actors I used to watch and admire. I’d try to learn as much as I can from them in terms of acting for a soapie. Sounds boring but for me I was in heaven. Another highlight was meeting other Batswana who work on the Generations set. Innocent Phala, who is head hair stylist and Norman Moloi who is one of the directors. It was a very pleasant surprise.

BOPA: Which actor/actress do you look up to (locally or internationally)?
Lerato: Connie Ferguson and Pamela Nomvete. Internationally Natalie Portman and Judi Dench.

BOPA: Your inspirations?
Lerato: My family, friends, arts, film and travel.

BOPA: How has your life changed since appearing on Generations?
Lerato: Hasn’t changed too much. I just greet more people. I’ve had to adjust to the fact that I might not be anonymous anymore.

BOPA: Besides Generations, what other jobs do you do?
Lerato: I’m really big on fine arts and education.I would love to open my own art gallery in Botswana one day. I’m also working on a proposal that seeks to implement drama as a subject in government schools in Botswana.Gone are the days when sports and culture are sidelined for subjects like Math and Science. 2012 has proved that with Amantle Montsho, Nigel Amos and Donald Molosi doing fantastic on the world stage.

BOPA: Any advice for young women aspiring to get into the entertainment industry?
Lerato: It’s not as glamorous as it looks. Take your time and really think about the reasons why you want to be in the industry. Then take the necessary steps: Study and invest your all!

BOPA: Tell us something about yourself that people do not know?
Lerato: I can tap dance.

BOPA:What are you reading currently?
Lerato: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. I’m really enjoying it

BOPA: Big screen or stage? Which one does it for you?
Lerato:  Right now big screen. I have done a lot of stage work so film is something refreshing for me right now.

BOPA: What does the future hold for Lerato?
Lerato: Growth and expansion with the opportunities I have been given. Continuing to prove that it is possible to have a career in the arts. ENDS 

Source : BOPA

Author : Ketshepile More

Location : GHANZI

Event : Interview

Date : Dec 20 Thu,2012


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