She is the first woman to play a man on Mzansi screens! After six years of auditioning, today Chiedza Mhende (also known Chi Mhende) is playing the role as Wandile on SABC1 soapie drama Generations. Chiedza is proof that anything is possible in life. In 2006, the actress moved from Zimbabwe to Cape Town to study at the African Film and Drama and Arts (AFDA) School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance. She was introduced to Cape Town’s theatre world as Lady Capulet in the Artscape production of Romeo and Juliet in 2010.
The multi-talented Mhende is also the voice of Al Jazeera’s global health series Lifelines and SABC2 kiddies wildlife series Siyaya. She has played Sandile in the Cape Town film Love the One You Love, which debuted at the Durban International Film Festival in 2014, and was nominated in the best young actor category of the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
While doing theatre work in Cape Town, she got credits in Sello Duiker’s The Quiet Violence of Dreams, JM Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians, and was Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In an interview with Expresso, Chiedza reveals that has been auditioning for Generations for the last six years and she opened up about playing a man and gave all the scoop to all the preparation that takes place behind her character Wandile