Naymaps Maphalala Biography Naymaps Maphalala was born in Pretoria, Gauteng. He is a South African actor best known for his role as Mxolisi Zulu on
Naymaps Maphalala Biography
Naymaps Maphalala was born in Pretoria, Gauteng. He is a South African actor best known for his role as Mxolisi Zulu on Uzalo (SABC1 drama Series). An unwilling hero who has to go on a journey of discovery from being a good boy to being the leader of his father’s criminal syndicate.
Naymaps Maphalala’s Television shows
He had his guest role as Tshepo on Mzansi Magic soapie opera Isibaya in 2014.
In 2015, Naymaps landed a role on SABC1 drama series Uzalo as Mxolisi Zulu.
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Meet Naymaps Maphalala a South African actor, He his best known for his starring role as Mxolisi Xulu, an unwilling hero who has to go on a journey of discovery from being a good boy to being the leader of his father’s criminal syndicate, in the SABC1 telenovela Uzalo.
His television acting debut was a guest starring role as Tshepo in the second season of the Mzansi Magic soapie isiBaya, in 2014.
How did you get the role on Uzalo?
The journey has been amazing right from the beginning, at the audition phase. I auditioned while I was still presenting Hashtag on DStv. I waited six hours before auditioning, and I got a callback. I went back and all they said at the end of my audition was “thank you”. I was told that I’d got the part only six months later – the longest six months of my life!
There’s nothing as beautiful as doing what you love, something you’ve been wanting to happen for over five years but didn’t happen. I guess it goes to show that God’s timing is everything!
My first experience of acting came through TV commercials, which is how I got into the industry. I then went into TV presenting and after that, I got a cameo in IsiBaya for about two episodes. I played the character of Tshepo. That was in the interim, while I was waiting for my call from Uzalo after the auditions. Then came Uzalo, which is my biggest acting job so far, and I’m so grateful.
What are some of the greatest lessons you’ve learnt on your journey in entertainment?
I’ve realised now more than ever how important the principles that my mother and father instilled in me are – I’ve been reminded of that in this industry. I’ve seen people who I work with being written out because of certain character elements, and I’ve observed and learnt, “Ah, so that means I shouldn’t do that.”
I’ve realised now more than ever how important the principles that my mother and father instilled in me are
You’re a singer as well – is this something you’re looking to pursue further?
Music is my life. I started singing even before I got into acting. My father is a musician and my mother is a music-lover, so my family is quite musical. That’s the environment I grew up in. I was part of a group that won Crown Gospel Music awards for Best Contemporary Song and Best Contemporary Song in Gospel. I had to relocate for Uzalo so I had to leave the band. But we’re still in touch. Other than that, I’ve been doing music performances and gigs here and there. I’m now planning to take it to the next level – I’m planning to release singles and do some collaborations.
What other interests do you have outside of acting and singing?
I just launched a clothing line in Durban called Nay Maps Clothing. I’m still finalising the nitty-gritty on how to get it to people in other provinces. It’s something I’ve been working on for the past two years.
And I love travelling. At this point in my life, I’m making it a point to travel more.
What don’t people know about you? | Naymaps Maphalala Biography
I’m actually a pastor’s kid. That’s one thing, and also, I’m not a morning person – I love my sleep! If I wasn’t doing what I’m doing, I’d prefer to wake up at about 9am or 10am, and my mother hates it.
I see Nay Maps as an international brand. I see myself as an A-list Hollywood actor, an entrepreneur of note, a brand influencer and a mover that’s making great achievements in the world. I also see myself having a lot of money. I want to be very wealthy.
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