Interview With Scandal’s Brighton Ngoma
He is the multi-racial heartthrob of eTV’s popular soapie, Scandal!. I got to have a one on one chat with Mr Brighton Ngoma away from the hustle and bustle of his life on set. It proved to be an interesting chat capturing all aspects of this private guy. (I should start writing links for Top Billing. LOL):
MaBlerh (M): I will start with the cliché question, who is Brighton? Introduce yourself.
Brighton (B): Brighton is a multi-racial, multi-talented jack of all things mediocre in trade. Xhosa/swiss heritage, don’t really speak Xhosa anymore. I was raised in jhb by a white thespian family. And I grew.
M: So, it’s your mother that is Xhosa?
B: Yes, was – she passed away about eleven years ago.
M: Sorry to hear that, I can’t imagine the pain of losing a mother. I always say that is the worst thing that some of us still have to deal with. How did you handle it?
B: Well, I don’t think a person ever really deals with that, you just accept it and move on. I was 17. Luckily I had the support of friends and family to help me understand it.
M: What kind of relationship did you two have?
B: My mom and I didn’t really get along because I was her eldest son and I had to grow up and look after my little brother long before I wanted to. I harboured a lot of resentment for her. We did get close though just before she passed, we shared a story about my first girlfriend, which was an awesome breakthrough in my young life!
M: At least you had a chance to get to know her in the end. Anyway, enough talk of depression. When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
B: I had absolutely no idea, to be honest. At some point I wanted to be an architect, at some point a lawyer, at some other point a pilot. NEVER A FIREMAN!!! Just saying. I went to a guidance counsellor who was supposed to give me some direction, but he told me that my IQ allows me to do anything I want to do. Great help she was.
M: Lol. Please don’t diss people that wanted to be a fireman! I was one of them. I either wanted to be a fireman or Mariah Carey.
B: Me too! (NOT) LOL.
M: Lol. So, what led you to acting?
B: It was fate. *closes eyes, flashes back* I was a freelance stage manager before I started on Scandal. The casting director asked me if I wanted to earn extra money for partying and petrol – who would say no right?! I started as a featured extra, which grew into a call actor and now I’m furniture. Scandal is my very first acting gig.
M: So, you didn’t study acting?
B: I lived with theatre actors, studied their insanity. Some might call that the best education. No official tertiary education.
M: LOL. It is indeed the best education. Is there a difference between you and your character on Scandal?
B: Not really. The character is new to Scandal, but the writers and directors have known me personally for a while, so they drew a lot of the characteristics (and flaws) from seeing and chatting to me on a day-to-day basis.
M: Cool. That must have made it a bit easier for a newbie like you?
B: Absolutely!!! I’d much rather play a character that is fake, charming, manipulative and sly than an emotional character! Lol
M: Lol. Now back to your personal life; I’m sure the ladies (and some guys) out there would like to know if you are currently involved?
B: I’m sure they would! Lol.
M: LOL. Well, are you?
B: I am.
M: Him or Her? How long has it been?
B: Tshepi (her) and I have been together for almost a jail sentence, I mean four years.
M: Lol. I love how you were not fazed by the “he or her” part of my question.
B: What do you mean?
M: Most people jump to the defensive when you pose such questions.
B: Lol, glad I passed that test!
M: Lol. So, what do you do besides Scandal?
B: I’m a body-paint artist…
M: Hold on! What do you mean?
B: I specialise in body-painting.
M: So, you paint on people’s nude bodies?
B: I know right?!?!!!!! It’s pretty cool!
M: Lol. You are toying with me. Let’s move on. What can we expect from you this year?
B: Well, I’d like to be on another billboard…and MC some gigs and do some voice-overs…we’ll see. I’m a happy-go-lucky kinda dude.
M: Cool man, before we end this, who is your favourite person(s) to act alongside on Scandal?
B: My absolute favourite would have to be Clint Brink. Those who know both of us will probably roll their eyes at this point. Lol.
M: Lol. If you had to leave Scandal and go to any other soapie in SA, which one would it be?
B: Isidingo. To shake things up a bit. Lol.
M: Hahahaha! What kind of role would you go for there?
B: I would be the bastard child of Barker Haines and Aggie Matabane… come to find them after they gave me up for adoption. I would call me Bruce King.
M: Lol. Wow, a lot of thought has gone into this. Listen man, thanks for taking your time to chat to me.
B: It was an absolute pleasure! Thank you!