Portraying a prostitute was most challenging - actress Evelyn Kemizinga

Evelyn Kemizinga, a renowned Ugandan actress known for her comedic roles in shows like Mizigo Express and POPI, opened up about her journey in the entertainment industry on a recent episode of Home of Our Stars.

Evelyn Kemizinga

Kemizinga, who holds a degree in drama from Makerere University, credits her classmate Veronica Namanda for introducing her to the world of acting. Her passion for acting began in high school.

Despite her natural talent and comedic background, entering the theatre world wasn't without its challenges. Kemizinga credits Phillip Luswata and the supportive team at the theatre for helping her find her place.

Kemizinga has performed on various platforms, from stage to television. She acknowledges the unique challenges and advantages of each medium. She finds the ability to switch between characters on stage exhilarating. On television, she develops characters that viewers develop strong connections with.

Reflecting on the diverse roles she's played, Kemizinga admits that portraying a prostitute was one of her most challenging roles due to self-consciousness and the revealing attire.

“It’s one of the toughest roles I've taken on; I feel self-conscious, and the revealing attire adds an extra layer of discomfort,” she says.

Her success in the industry and comedy has not come without its challenges, as a mother and wife, Kemizinga states that pregnancy times and breastfeeding have been the hardest.

I remember a time when I was breastfeeding, I had no car, I stayed far and most of the acts on Thursday went till late in the night. It was hard being away for so long from my children.

Another obstacle she highlights is the difficulty people have in distinguishing between her on-screen persona and her true self.

Often, even when I’m serious and conducting business, people struggle to take me seriously, as they perceive me to be in character,” she laments. Despite this challenge, she finds solace in the positive impact she has on audiences. “Fortunately, the joy I bring to people through my work is immensely gratifying,” she adds.

In contrast to her comedic characters, Kemizinga describes herself as shy, humble, and religious. Despite being the opposite of Mulokole, her comedic character, Kemizinga hopes to inspire aspiring actors.

With platforms like MultiChoice showcasing Ugandan talent, Kemizinga sees a bright future for the Ugandan art scene. She believes that continued growth will lead to more opportunities for aspiring actors and a greater appreciation for the arts.

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