Thembinkosi Mthembu on season two of Adulting

BY Nkosazana Ngwadla

Showmax’s Adulting boys are back, including Hunk of The Year Feather Award winner Thembinkosi Mthembu (Outlaws, Shaka iLembe, The River) as Bonga, Nhlanhla Kunene (The River, Lavish) as fan-favourite Eric, Thabiso Rammusi (The Suit) as Mpho, and Luthando BU Mthembu (Big Brother Mzansi) as Vuyani, named GQ’s Best Dressed On Screen Personality earlier this year.

Breakout star Londeka Sishi also returns as Nkanyezi, along with Lungile Duma as Zithulele and Dippy Padi as Palesa. This season also introduces SAFTA nominees and former Rhythm City castmates Samkelo Ndlovu and Thembi Seete (Gomora, Zone 14) as Minki and Portia, as well as the likes of Nomalanga Shozi (Rhythm City, MTV Shuga and the face of BET Africa), Obakeng Kgwedi (Gomora, Kokota) and Gaisang K Noge (Naledi in The Wife).

Speaking about reuniting with “the gents”, Mthembu says, “We really get along, man, which makes getting into the swing of things and the brotherhood we’re portraying much easier for us. When we started working on Season 2, we had the same conversation we had when we stepped on set for Season 1. That conversation was all about ensuring that we give our all to this project. This is our baby and we were going to give it all the attention and care it deserved in order for the new season to be as successful as the first one. We are so in sync with each other that, when it came to our first scene for this season, we hit the ground running.”

If Mthembu were to advise his character, Bonga, he’d first advise him to go to therapy. “Secondly, I would tell him to not let his past or rather his parents’ past dictate the outcome of his life, especially when it comes to relationships,” Mthembu said.

“For example, in Season 1 there is a scene where Bonga confesses to his father about his fear of commitment because of his father’s past failures to commit to his mother. So with that, I’d encourage him to take control of his relationships and to take risks – as he does with his friendships and businesses. I’d encourage him to be a man and do better than his father did and to always remember to stick to his promises when it comes to relationships.”

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