Actress Nolwazi Ngubeni as Mbali Kubeka. Images via Twitter @etvScandal!

‘Scandal!’ actress Nolwazi Ngubeni: ‘I love playing the villain’

Popular actress Nolwazi Ngubeni, who plays the villainous role of Jojo’s wife Mbali Kubeka in ‘Scandal!’ says she loves her character.


Actress Nolwazi Ngubeni as Mbali Kubeka. Images via Twitter @etvScandal!

Scandal! actress Nolwazi Ngubeni, who plays the role of Jojo’s (Melusi Mbele) villainous-wife Mbali Kubeka says she enjoys playing the villain on the e.tv soapie.   

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The award-winning actress Nolwazi Ngubeni, who joined e.tv’s most-watched soapie Scandal! in 2021 with actor Melusi Mbele (plays Jojo Kubeka) as Mbali Kubeka is also a casting director and music partnerships manager for social media platform TikTok.  

Ngubeni reveals in an interview with Sunday World that her character tackles the pressures that women go through in the real world in terms of having children.  

“Usually, I always get the sweeter roles, but I love playing the villain and being that person that perpetuates the drama throughout the soapie. It has been very exciting for me, especially coming back into the industry and playing roles that are completely different from what I am known for.”  

Her much-talked-about character Mbali is a desperate woman who will do whatever it takes to make her husband happy, even if it means faking a pregnancy.   

“There are a lot of things that women do behind the scenes to keep everything intact. Mbali is not different from the rest of us in terms of what people do to get ahead in life.”  

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The popular actress Nolwazi Ngubeni also played a similar role Sibongile in Mzansi Magic’s drama series Mzali Wami.  

She adds that women can learn a lot from her character, especially because they tend to put their partner’s and family’s happiness first.  

“I never imagined myself playing this type of a villain, but I can tell you one thing, I am having the time of my life and find myself laughing at the things Mbali does.”  

Ngubeni and her current character Mbali are very different as her life is private and prefers it that way.  

“People should stop asking women when are they having children because people have different reasons why they don’t have children. Women have different goals and not having children does not mean you are not woman enough.” 

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