Chi Mhende conquered nerves to star in Queen Sono

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Chi Mhende says she feels inspired by her character’s complexity in Queen Sono, Netflix’s first African original series.

If Chi Mhende could handpick a superhero power for herself, she confesses it’d be invisibility – a surprising choice for an actress with remarkable screen presence. For three years, Mhende was Wandile Radebe, a male character (that later transitions into a trans woman) on popular South African soapie, Generations: The Legacy.

Playing the character came with its personal and professional tolls, majorly the physical demands of a woman pretending to be a man on TV, and real life questions about her femininity. Overcoming that was never going to be easy for the Zimbabwean actress, especially when your next project is Netflix’s Queen Sono, the streaming giant’s first African original series.

Playing the character came with its personal and professional tolls, majorly the physical demands of a woman pretending to be a man on TV, and real life questions about her femininity.

Overcoming that was never going to be easy for the Zimbabwean actress, especially when your next project is Netflix’s Queen Sono, the streaming giant’s first African original series.