Sibongile Mlambo is making things happen.
The Zimbabwean actress – currently starring in Netflix’s Lost In Space and Freeform’s Siren – made her name Black Sails and Teen Wolf, as well as starring in Message From The King opposite T’Challa himself Chadwick Boseman.
Next you can find her at Cannes in Under The Silver Lake, David Robert Mitchell’s much-anticipated follow-up to It Follows. She’ll be starring opposite Andrew Garfield – and we can’t wait to see what she does.
In the meantime: this is her culture.
Leaning from mistakes
Not following my instincts, which I’ve done on a number of occasions… It always ends up badly with me telling myself “I knew I shouldn’t have… [insert poorly made decision here]…” Listen to your gut, people!
It was my oldest sister, Nomsa. She was the lead in a Zimbabwean movie, Everyone’s Child – I must have been about eight or nine years old at the time. I remember going to Ster Kinekor and watching her on the big screen thinking “Wow, that looks like fun!” The following year, I auditioned for my first film, got cast, and even got to skip school!
The film that changed my world
12 Years A Slave. Not only was it a great movie but seeing a representation of myself on screen in the form of Lupita Nyong’o and watching her go on to win an Oscar for her performance had a huge impact on me. It made my dreams valid and logical; the myth had finally been realised.
There are a few. In my early teens it was Linkin’ Park’s Hybrid Theory and Avril Lavigne’s Under My Skin. I was going through some ups and downs and these albums deeply resonated with me.
Where in the world?
Zanzibar, Tanzania. The pictures are absolutely beautiful; the wildlife, the ocean, the beaches, underwater rooms, need I say more?
I would love to be a in a movie like Black Panther or do any work that Andy Serkis has done – he is incredible.
I looove sushi, my fav place in LA right now is Sugarfish.
// Photography by Martina Tolot //
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