Yooyooafrica.com reporter in south Africa,recently spent time with one of the renowned actress Terry and the rest of the A-list cast on set of Madiba which is currently being filmed in Johannesburg.
Terry, who was wearing a wig of the exact hairstyle Ma Winnie had all those years ago, and a replica of the navy blue suit she wore on the day Madiba was released from prison, looked like the splitting image of the struggle stalwart.
Speaking to yooyooafrica.com during a sit down interview, the actress expressed her fierce passion for the story and the role she plays.
“I feel like I’ve been preparing for this role my entire career. It’s a dream role for me, and I feel like everything that I’ve done has led me to this.”
She empasize that, everything about the story of Madiba resonates with her and she remembers iconic moments of Ma Winnie during the struggle.
In her words she say
“Being South African and remembering this icon that my mother and aunts looked up to- this woman of strength, grace, beauty and courage. I see this role as an honour and a huge responsibility and I do not take it for granted. The fact that I’m playing Winnie Mandela, I know what it means to a lot of people, myself included, and I do not take that for granted,”
The actress added that, she hopes Ma Winnie will look at her performance and be proud.
Terry has described the journey of playing the struggle stalwart as a beautiful journey.
“Preparing for this role over the past few months is the loneliest I’ve ever felt, because you watch documentaries and you read material, and you realise very few people would have survived what she went through. And to still be standing, smiling and composed with every interview- it’s been a journey but a beautiful one. Indeed the struggle hero has taught me about the power of inner strength and the will to survive Sometimes we have no idea how we can survive certain situations until we are faced with them and there’s nothing else but to survive and the strength that we have within.”
Some of the moments that inspires Terry she says was when Winnie was being tortured in isolation. She passionately elaborated on it.
“There were moments where she would look forward to fainting even for a second, so that her body can rest and then she could wake up and be brave again, and be tortured. As much as she was tortured and broken she remained whole, and put a smile on and gave people hope everyday”.
Terry Pheto hopes that young South Africans will watch the mini-series and realise that the price of freedom did not come easy. She ended her interview with an advice to all south Africans…In her words she says
“The prize of freedom did not come easy. It did not come easy, people died for this freedom and it is our responsibility to empower ourselves with the things that were taken away from our forefathers.”
Madiba tv series is set to release on BET (DStv channel 129) some time in 2017.