We are joined by actress Chi Mhende in the loft, for our Tuesday Cookalong. The Zimbabwean born actress is also a singer and voice-over artist. She is best known for her role as the complex Wandile on Generations: The Legacy. She is also an accomplished theatre actress having appeared in a number of stage productions such as Howard Barker's Slowly and K. Sello Duiker's The Quiet Violence of Dreams in which she was the only female character.
Her biggest role to date has been that of Wandile Radebe which broke boundaries on South African television, as not only did she originally play a male role, but then the character would later go on to transition into a woman. She received a lot of mixed reactions to this role, most admired her acting capabilities for it, while on the other hand there were others who were confused with the role, with people assuming that she is a trans woman, and displaying levels of transphobia. The male part of the role was gruelling on her as she is a method actor, which meant that in order to achieve being seen as a man, she had to stop her grooming rituals and strap her breasts. This has also helped to further her status as a human rights, as she raise awareness on many South African’s who are dealing with inner battles.