The Wife viewers are already obsessed with Sambulo’s sharp-shooting new lover, Xoli, Mqhele, and Qhawe. It is for this reason that season three has already set a new four-day viewing record on Showmax and broke breaking the record previously held by the telenovela’s second season.
WHO PLAYS ‘XOLI, MRS SNIPER’?
Uzalo actor Wiseman Mncube plays the new Mqhele aka ‘National Husband’, actress Lungelo Mpangase plays Sambulo’s (Sipho Ndlovu) new lover Xoli in and the award-winning telenovela The Wife season three. Showmax reveals that the telenovela trended at number one on Twitter when it launched last Thursday, 10 November, and season three broke season two’s four-day viewing record.
Season three’s leading couple, Qhawe (Kwenzo Ngcobo) and Naledi (Gaisang K Noge) received plenty of praise, as well as Lungelo Mpangase, who joined this season as Sambulo’s lover, Xoli.
The actress Lungelo Mpangase tells Showmax that she loved the books and read them in high school before joining the show this season.
”The books were amazing; I read some of them when I was in high school. I love the writing style, the story, and its characters. So I couldn’t miss it. It’s one of those projects you don’t wanna miss. You want to be part of The Wife. In my acting journey, I was hoping for something that would challenge me. Something that would take me out of my comfort zone because I was tired of playing the timid little girl from rural KZN. Then I read the bio of Xoli and thought, ‘Oh, God heard my prayer. This is the challenge I needed in my career.’
When asked what she and her character have in common or if there are any differences the actress reveals that she’s a soft girl and isn’t attracted to drama like Xoli.
“I’m such a soft girl. If there’s a fight, I will just cry or go home. I don’t want to be part of it. Yet Xoli gets excited if there’s drama. She’s very strong and I love how brave she is. She’s a trigger-happy type of person. She will go shoot before everybody says, ‘Let’s go shoot.’
“She’s also sexually free. I’m from a very strict family where when we talk about sex we have to be respectful. Xoli doesn’t. She will do it right here, right now. That’s how freaky she is!”
‘THE WIFE’: ‘WORKING WITH SIPHO NDLOVU’
The Lingashoni actress also opens up about working with Sipho Ndlovu and the Zulu brothers on the telenovela.
What’s it like working with Sipho Ndlovu as your lover, Sambulo?
“I’ve known Sipho for quite some time because we’re both from KZN. Then I saw Sambulo on the show, who’s completely different from Sipho. It was so great to see someone so dedicated to their character. I told myself: if he can transform into this person who’s completely different from him, then so can I. That kept me on my toes and inspired me to bring out my own character.”
What can men learn from a character like Sambulo?
“I think they can learn that it’s okay to be vulnerable as a man. It’s okay to show your feelings, to spoil your person, and to be down for a person you love. And also respect your family.”
Would Lungelo date a man like Sambulo?
“No! Not at all! Someone who goes out and I’m not sure if he’s gonna come back? No, I can’t. In this family, I wouldn’t date anyone. Too much drama. [laughing]”
The former eHostela actress adds that working alongside the Zulu brothers has been amazing as they’re very quick and you kinda have to adapt to it as well.
Mpangase has also appeared in eHostela as Khethiwe, Lingashoni as Poppy, and Mzali Wam as Ntokozo.