Nolwazi Shange in Outlaws

Nolwazi Shange in Outlaws. Image Supplied

Nolwazi Shange plays a ‘strong-willed’ matriarch in ‘Outlaws’

Former ‘Scandal!’ actress Nolwazi Shange speaks candidly about her role on the new Showmax Original series ‘Outlaws’.

Nolwazi Shange in Outlaws

Nolwazi Shange in Outlaws. Image Supplied

Actress Nolwazi Shange a strong-willed matriarch of the Zulu, cattle-farming Biyela clan , who are at war with the Basotho, cattle-raiding Ts’eoles in Outlaws.

The KZN-born actress shot to fame as Precious in A Place Called Home, which earned her a SAFTA as Best Actress in a TV Drama. More recently, she played Sibongile, a villain in Mzali Wam, and had viewers on the edge of their seats as Mbali Khubeka on Scandal! She’s not only a star in front of the camera but is also involved with casting for some of Mzansi’s hit shows and movies.

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Talking about her role in Outlaws, the Durban University of Technology alum says she has remained consistent with every role she plays.

Nolwazi says the story was the drawcard for her on Outlaws.

“It’s also my first Showmax Original. That’s been my dream and I hope to receive more opportunities,” she said.

“My initial reaction was, ‘Sign me up!’ I was immediately excited by the idea of being involved in action sequences and challenging my body in that way. It’s a first for me in the years I’ve been working. Listen, I’m not a small girl, and I found it quite cool that I could express and use my body in that way. Oh, what a thrill!”

The actress says the role was more demanding than she thought it would be, but it is a challenge she would gladly leap into again, given the chance. 

Asked if there any parts of Nandi you sees in herself, Nolwazi said: “Oh, yeah! Nandi is headstrong and determined. She doesn’t shy away from challenges but goes full steam ahead, with a very clear strategy in mind. She’s also just as nurturing and present. Maybe I’m over-hyping myself here, but I’d like to believe I possess these qualities. They are definitely qualities I resonate with.”

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Nolwazi says telling our stories as South Africans is important.

“And more than telling them, we have to consume them. We have to be an audience that watches our stories and when provided the opportunity, share positive feedback. It’s our responsibility. Otherwise, how will our industry grow?”

On why fans should watch Outlaws: “It’s a beautiful story with a great cast. It’s relatable, in that it explores how our differences are our strengths, and also how alike we are in our differences, how we can find common ground and maybe love in our differences. I really want audiences to be immersed in the story and just sit back and marvel at this beautifully told story.”