Thembi Seete, the talented actress known for her iconic roles in township-based dramas, is set to make her debut on the hit series ‘Adulting’.
In the show’s second season, she will be portraying the character of Portia, a middle-aged, wealthy housewife who is at her sexual peak. This role is a departure from the characters Thembi has played in the past, and she is excited to bring something new to the table.
When asked about her experience playing Portia, Thembi shared, “I’ve never played a rich, spoilt, and glamorous lady before. It’s always been township-based, and I wanted to bring that element into Portia’s character as well. That’s the only part where I felt like this character is bringing something new.”
One aspect of the role that has truly challenged Thembi is the intimate scenes. She admits, “My intimate scenes have never been this intimate. It felt like it was my first time acting, and that’s the beauty of the craft.
Acting introduces you to different characters and different personalities. The things you get to do are always different. So with this one, it came with a lot of things that shook me a bit and made me uncomfortable. But I also love being uncomfortable.”
Thembi’s decision to join the risqué series was not only driven by her desire to work with Tshedza Pictures but also by her intention to surprise herself and her fans.
She believes that society’s discomfort with discussing sex and intimacy stems from a lack of open communication in previous generations. Thembi shares, “Why are we so scared to talk about sex?
Why are we scared to talk about intimacy? I think this stems from our parents because they were never comfortable to talk to us about intimacy. But it should be handled with respect.
These are the elements I thought about — to say ‘You know what? Sex is not a bad thing. It’s what created us.’”
While playing Portia has brought many first-time experiences for Thembi, she is grateful to her co-star Luthando “BU” Mthembu, who plays Vuyani, for making her feel comfortable on set.
She explains, “He made me comfortable so I don’t think about myself too much. That’s the beauty of acting — it allows you to forget about yourself and to wear this character.
I was able to put Thembi aside and be about Portia. But it’s also a blessing and a cherry on top when you have a co-actor that is supportive and confident.”
Mark your calendars! ‘Adulting’ Season 2 premieres on Showmax on December 4th, with new episodes releasing every Monday. Get ready to see Thembi Seete in a whole new light as she brings the dynamic character of Portia to life.