Moshidi Motshegwa: When grief parks in your yard, you give it everything you have

07 May 2018 - 06:00
By Kyle Zeeman
Moshidi Motshegwa says grief helped inspire her for her role on The River.
Image: Gallo Images. Moshidi Motshegwa says grief helped inspire her for her role on The River.

Just months before returning to TV screens on The River, Moshidi Motshegwa's father died, leaving her devastated and in a place of heart-wrenching grief.

The former Rhythm City and Zero Tolerance star told Drum recently that her father was sick prior to his death eight months ago but she had to quickly dust herself off, and get to work.

"My father was sick, he only had one lung and passed away in August last year. Three months later I got this role."

Moshidi said she would not have played the role of a grieving wife on the drama series in the same way if it wasn't for the sorrow she had gone through in dealing with her dad's death.

"When death parks in your front yard and grief befriends you and sinks you into a story like this one, you give it everything you have. Because of my experience, the directors and producers allowed me to explore the character and give my input."

Moshidi told Sunday Independent earlier this year that she also studied the lives of those around her in knowing how to be strong and stubborn, yet vulnerable and forgiving for her character. 

"I’m always preparing to be Malefu. I observe women around me wherever I am. I take a bit of what I find interesting in every woman I meet. I read the Bible a lot because that’s Malefu’s life manual."

Moshidi took a break from screens after her role as Naomi on Rhythm City but still kept herself busy with roles on American adventure series Black Sails and produced local film Noem My Skollie.

She told Anele Mdoda on Real Talk with Anele that she did not just jump at any opportunity because the industry was "complicated" and she often felt like she didn't fit in with the lifestyle.

"It's complicated, this industry. I don't fit into the scene. I remember I was working on Channel O and Channel O was always having parties. I remember standing there and going, 'You just don't belong here. This is not you. Go home'. I got into my car and went home and I've been home since," she said