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Behind the scenes: Terry Pheto

By Shingai Darangwa
Posted on Tuesday, 21 August 2018 12:32

What do you enjoy most about acting?

Being able to be anything and anyone. To put yourself in another person’s shoes and life and body. I think actors are God’s favourite people.

Who was your biggest inspiration growing up?

My mum – that sounds so cheesy – and my grandmother. Both of them are hard workers and very entrepreneurial. I’m grateful that I grew up being surrounded by strong women. Even though they didn’t have much, they were superheroes. Then Leleti Khumalo in terms of acting, and Oprah Winfrey in terms of what a black girl can be.

Favourite movie?

For obvious reasons I would say Tsotsi, because it was my first movie – and I was the lead – and it’s the only movie that has won an Oscar for the country and the continent.

What are you reading?

What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey.

What is your favourite hangout spot?

My kitchen, because I love to cook.

Who’s your celebrity crush?

My celebrity crush right now is Issa Rae [actress on HBO, and promoter of work by people of colour].

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?


What’s your favourite African city?

Johannesburg. There’s no place like Joburg!

If you could co-star with any actor in the world, who would it be?

I’d love to work with Lupita [Nyong’o].

This interview first appeared in the April 2018 print edition of The Africa Report magazine

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