‘Blood&Water’ actor Mpho Sibeko as Lunga Vezi. Image via Twitter @MphoSibeko_

Mpho Sibeko: ‘A coach helped me with my ‘Blood & Water’ gay role’

Actor Mpho Sibeko, who played a a gay role Lunga Vezi in ‘Blood&Water’ says his character was different to what he’s used to.


‘Blood&Water’ actor Mpho Sibeko as Lunga Vezi. Image via Twitter @MphoSibeko_

The Estate actor Mpho Sibeko, who joined Blood & Water in season three as Lunga Vezi says he was honoured to be part of the cast. 

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The Blood & Water actor Mpho Sibeko tells Sowetan that he had to escape from himself and step into the shoes of Lunga Vezi. 

He admits that being part of the production was not an easy journey though his gay role was a fan-favourite. 

Sibeko adds that he auditioned a few times for roles in Blood & Water seasons one and two but only got a call back in season three. 

“When season three was in progress, we just received a call where the director asked to see me. A part of me knew that I was going to be cast for this season and it was history after that.”

The star adds that the majority of male actors shy away from playing gay roles because they believe it would take their masculinity away from them. 

“I think that’s where ego and pride come into play because we pride ourselves on coming across as these dominant male figures and masculine people.”

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In the third season of Blood & Water, Mpho Sibeko’s character, Lunga Vezi is in a love triangle with Arno Greeff’s character Chris, who is bisexual. 

Chris is in a relationship with Wendy (played by Skeem Saam actress Natasha Thahane). 

Sibeko also tells Sowetan that playing there was an intimacy coach on set who helped them get comfortable with one another. 

“There was also an intimacy coach who helped us get comfortable with one another. And the fact that some people were led on to believe that both Arno and I are not straight in real life simply means that we were able to tell the story well.”

Sibeko adds that Chris showed a different side of himself with Lunga by not having any explicit scenes because he had fallen in love.

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Image via Twitter @MphoSibeko_