South African actress and former star of social impact series MTV Shuga’s Thuso Mbedu is making global waves as the first South African to lead a US television series. The actress is starring in “The Underground Railroad” and recently sat down with fellow South African Trevor Noah to discuss her breakout role. Be sure to catch The Daily Show with Trevor Noah exclusively on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) on Weekdays (Tuesdays to Friday) at 23:30 CAT.
Mbedu, who hails from Pietermaritzburg, plays Cora in the series which follows a young enslaved woman who escapes a Georgia plantation, making use of an underground railroad to journey to freedom. In a preview clip released by Comedy Central, the star highlights how she landed the coveted role.
“I heard of The Underground Railroad in November 2018 while I was in New York for the International Emmy Awards. I did the first audition and sort of just forgot about it because I didn’t think anything of it after…I came to LA in 2019…got a callback and Barry Jenkins wanted to meet me the next day! At the end of it, he looked at me and he said you are the character!”, – Thuso Mbedu
She later discusses how she tapped into the character as an African woman playing the role of African Americans who were enslaved. Be sure to catch this culture-rich episode on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah exclusively on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) on Weekdays (Tuesdays to Friday) at 23:30 CAT