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SA actress Nomzamo Mbatha talks on making it big on Coming 2 America

South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha has become Hollywood’s ‘it girl’ after scoring big in the U.S by making her debut in Coming 2 America.

The director of the movie which is set to premier on Amazon on March 5 said, the South African actress brings ‘this energy of love’ to the film.

In an interview with TshisaLive she said that her acting in the film was a dream come true for her.

“It’s a cult classic, it’s one of my top five favorite and when I got the call that I was asked to come in and audition for the casting director, I was super excited.

“Also, I heard murmurs or announcements that all the original cast members were going to be back, that it wasn’t a remake, it was going to be a sequel. I was definitely excited for that,” she said.

The former Isibaya actress spoke of working with some of the biggest names in the global film industry but also said her heart will always belong to South Africa.

“It was an out-of-body experience. Just wow, shocked. An out-of-body experience is the best description. Honestly, just to be surrounded by Hollywood royalty, people who have built such incredible legacies and have been about for so many years and truly made their mark.

“Of Course I miss SA! Standard! But I can’t be a crybaby you know I have to stay the course. The bird has to leave the nest someway, somehow. I miss everything about home- all the fresh food that we have, All the spices, my god I have been suffering without it but we make do,” said Nomzamo who has been based in Los Angeles since 2019.

Mbatha says the film, about a fictional African country called Zamunda, is like her real life story on how she got to America surrounded by Hollywood royalty.

“This film felt like my own personal coming to America story. I was surrounded by Hollywood royalty every day. Tracy Morgan would come through with his JBL Boombox, playing old-school R&B, and it’d be this, like a celebration of Black culture. And, suddenly, Leslie Jones is dancing and they’re reenacting how people used to do it: ‘Ya know, when they’d hit that bass?”