Oros Mampofu chats about his lead role in kykNET’s medical drama ‘Hartklop’

28 July 2023 - 08:00
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Oros Mampofu.
Oros Mampofu.
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He is known for Jama in Skeem Saam and Banele in Rhythm City and with Hartklop, the Afrikaans drama where he plays one of the leads, Oros Mampofu shows he doesn’t shy away from a challenge.

The actor did a Q&A about his latest role.

What do you remember about your youth and school years?

I remember how simple and fun life was under the umbrella of my parents. I recall a lot of moments filled with laughter, connecting with family, friends and church members and being surrounded by love.

Where does the name Oros come from?

From my parents. I’m sure you can imagine they loved Oros, and I was very big with rolls of baby fat. So for them it was only fitting to name me Oros.

You have a twin brother, Prince. Are you very close and how often do you see each other?

We see each other more often now than when we were growing up. I think a mature appreciation for each other is beginning to grow, and we see each other at least once a week.

You studied at Afda. What made you decide to become an actor?

My role model was Will Smith.  I wanted to be just like him. Also, acting is a beautiful art to truly explore your emotions and what it means to be a human.

You made your debut in 2014 in Kowethu and are known for your role as Jama in Skeem Saam and Banele in Rhythm City. Was it difficult to make a breakthrough?

It was difficult, but I built a lot of momentum and achieved success with my work ethic. For me it’s a numbers game. The more auditions I attend, the more likely I am to land a role.

You and your partner Bianca Carmichael  are parents to two girls. Where did you and Bianca meet and how did being a father change you?

We met on a night out with friends at a cocktail bar. I knew I wanted to see her again straight away.

Being a father changed everything. Life became a far more selfless experience after having my daughters, and I knew from the moment of their birth that I would now be living for something more than just myself. That’s truly fulfilling for me.

Your sister Lunathi Mampofu is also in the entertainment industry. What do you do to support each other?

We pray as a family and try to push each other to keep trying daily. Staying aligned to God became more important to us as we mature as adults.

Dr Fezile Nodada is your first lead role in an Afrikaans series. What was your biggest challenge?

Doing my scenes in Afrikaans was the biggest but also the most exciting challenge.

What do you think Fezile’s best attributes are?

He is considerate and kind and has a warm heart.

What are the three things that you learnt while working on Hartklop?

We may have differences, but we actually have more in common if we are willing to look deep enough.

I remembered to enjoy myself more and to be willing to learn.

I learnt to not take myself so seriously.

What are the five most important things in your life?

God, family, health, duty and growth.

What are your plans for the rest of the year?

I plan on opening a new digital business and more filming, filming, filming.

Hartklop is on kykNET (DStv Channel 144) on Thursdays at 8pm.

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