Generations: The Legacy actor Moopi Mothibeli initially auditioned to play his half-brother and love-triangle arch-enemy Mazwi Moroka in the SABC1 soapie.
But the character he eventually clinched and plays successfully is that of a notoriously obsessed psychopath who is abusing his half-brother’s cheating wife.
And the role of Smanga Moroka has become the most loved but equally hated since the revamped soapie hit the small screen last December.
“I got a call from my agent about auditioning in the then, upcoming Generations. Funny enough, I was initially sent for the character of Mazwi and was coupled with actress Asanda Foji who was going for Simphiwe during the auditions late last year,” he said.
Mothibeli (31) is single and was born in Sebokeng in the Vaal. Generations was his first big television acting platform.
“It would only make sense that folks can only use Smanga to recognise me with but now and again I do get mistaken for Mazwi, and vice versa. It’s actually become a bit of an on set joke too as the crew occasionally falls victim to this mistaken identity.”
Up until Generations, stage had been his only acting outlet and he has done lead roles in student productions such as Othello, The Camouflage Project, This Above All, Ordinal 5, Palmer Park, The Crucible, to name but a few that make up a portion of his acting canon.
He attributes the recently acquired fame to “the intense and somewhat psychopathic nature of Smanga Moroka”.