Hollywood actress relishes Zim honour

HARARE - Honey 3: Dare to Dance actress Sibongile Mlambo says being nominated for this year’s edition of the Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards (Ziwa) proves that her homeland is increasingly getting interested in her career.

Mlambo, who is based in the United States of America (USA), has been nominated in the Actress of the Year category where she is battling it out for votes with former Studio 263 actress Yvonne Katsande, USA-based Sipiwe Moyo, South Africa-based Evangelista Mwatse and musician-cum-actress Kudzai Sevenzo.

The Zimbabwe-born actress told the Daily News on Sunday from her base in America that the Ziwa nomination had uplifted her.

“It is a great honour for my people to be proud of me and support what I am doing,” she said, adding that Ziwa was the second Zimbabwe-linked award to nominate her.

“I was second princess in Miss Zim-USA 2007,” Mlambo told the Daily News on Sunday.

Mlambo, who relocated to the USA in 2005 and has also lived in South Africa and Spain, conceded that she has not had meaningful contact with the Zimbabwean arts scene since she left her homeland.

“I am more of an observer; I see a lot is going on. I would like to get involved but I am not really sure how or where to start,” she said.

If Zimbabweans at home and in the Diaspora vote her to victory in the Ziwa gongs, it would go some way in helping Mlambo celebrate being chosen by Universal Pictures as the lead actress of the third sequel of Honey.

The Bille Woodruff-directed Honey is a dance film that initially starred Jessica Alba as the lead actress.

Mlambo acts as Ishani Mfeke in a cast that also includes Kenny Wormald, Cassie Ventura, Dena Kaplan and Bobby Lockwood.

The multi-talented artiste was understandably delighted to land the Honey 3 role; arguably her biggest one to date.

“Those who know me well know I am still trying to wrap my head around this and not geek out! This is the second film I have booked in Los Angeles this year. I am extremely grateful!

“To everyone who let me come to their dance classes when I looked like a fool and just couldn’t get it and those who took their chances on me, I thank you,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

Mlambo’s first big movie role was Black Sails in which she took part in nine episodes acting as Eme between 2014 and this year. But it was this year that her acting career really blossomed in a big way. She landed roles in Honey 3: Dare to Dance and Last Face.

The latter was directed by the legendary Sean Penn and featured award-winning South Africa-born Charlize Theron.

The talented Mlambo acts as Assatu in the highly-rated Last Face.

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