One step closer to fame

Yoliswa Sobuwa

GETTING a part in South Africa’s reality competition, Class Act was not enough for Queenstown-born actor Yonda Thomas, 27. The charismatic Thomas has now landed a role in a in a sci-fi movie ONE .

The actor, who gained recognition when he made it to the top five of Class Act season 1, plays alongside Jody Abrahams, David Butler, Cara Roberts and Jerry Mofokeng in ONE.

The movie is set in South Africa and directed by Australian Murali Thalluri.

Thomas said shooting had started on the movie, which he hoped would be picked up internationally. It would only be completed towards the end of the year.

He plays a rebel soldier, Tunji, who is tasked with protecting a woman who is immune to a new virus that has killed off more than 90% of the human population.

“I really enjoyed shooting in Cape Town and Johannesburg. It is always exciting to play new roles, especially those that challenge one as an actor,” he said. “I can’t give it all away, but I can say that it is the kind of movie where all things will be destroyed.”

In the meantime, his fans can still see him on SABC1 on Thursdays in the character of Monde Kunene in Room 9.

Kunene is the husband of protagonist Alice. played by Zethu Dlomo. He is an up-and-coming banker at the new Azanian bank.

“It was very exciting to play Monde, as I have never played anyone’s husband before. Monde is a dynamic and motivated individual who fits the profile of an up-and-coming BEE superstar but he is insecure. I think Monde represents a lot of people,” he said.

Thomas, who has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, said Class Act opened doors for him.

“I never really wanted to be an actor but things changed when I was doing Grade 10. I got a role in my first school play and I really enjoyed it. My parents were against the idea. When I heard about Class Act auditions, I was supposed to start my internship at the Foreign[Affairs] offices but I knew acting was what I wanted to do,” he said.

After Class Act, Thomas played Damon the barman in SABC2 drama series Muvhango.

“That was very challenging as it was my first acting job. At first it was intimidating to be around the best in the industry but I soon found my feet and became comfortable with myself,” he said

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