Kealeboga Masango on playing Buhle in Showmax Original Youngins

By Zibuyile Dladla16 May 2024

Kealeboga Masango on playing Buhle in Showmax Original Youngins

The iEmmy-nominated team at Tshedza Pictures has done it again: Youngins is their third hit in a row for Showmax, building on the success of Adulting and Outlaws.

Writing in City Press, Thapelo Ramorobi hailed the boarding school series as a “nerve-wracking drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat”, while on BBC, Aaron Akinyemi praised the teen show as “a wild ride full of fun, danger, sex and violence.” Even Nomzamo Mbatha is a fan, saying, “I’m obsessed with and loving Youngins. It’s hilarious and awesome.”

So it’s no surprise that Tshedza and Showmax have confirmed that Season 2 is on its way. 

Kealeboga Masango on Youngins S1 on Showmax

With all 45 episodes of S1 now available to binge, Zibuyile Dladla caught up with Kealeboga Masango, who stars as firebrand Buhle Kunene, head girl of Olifantsfontein. 

How are you and Buhle similar?

Before we began filming, I had this preconceived perception about my character because I only knew her on a surface level. At the beginning of this journey, I thought that the character and I were complete opposites. 

But the more I started delving deeper into who Buhle is, I realised that we are similar to a certain extent. Although she may sometimes come across as a mean girl, Buhle cares about people – you see that throughout Season 1. I’m like that as well: when I care about someone or am passionate about something, it shows.  

Another similarity is that Buhle tends to put too much pressure on herself and doesn’t give herself enough grace. I do the same thing. I’m always striving to be the best version of myself but growing up has taught me to always leave room for a bit of grace and to be kinder to myself.

What has Buhle taught you?

I feel like it’s just to be unapologetically myself and confident. One thing that I admire about Buhle is that she knows who she is; she is unapologetically herself. That’s something I’ve started to implement in my life. It’s a character trait that I want to maintain and find comfort in.

How would you describe your working relationship with Toka Matabane (Khaya)?

Youngins S1 on Showmax

Toka and I have become really good friends and our working relationship has been amazing. If there is one thing that I appreciate about working with Toka, it is that we don’t limit ourselves – we allow for creative freedom to flow. There is a lot of playfulness and improvisation that we put into developing our on-screen chemistry yet at the same time ensuring that that chemistry comes across as authentic as possible to the viewer. 

For viewers who haven’t yet watched Youngins, why should they?

It’s a clear depiction of how teenagers are navigating through high school, especially with the easy access and influence of technology these days. It also highlights the dynamics of friendships and relationships between teenagers and their parents. It’s also a funny show, with many comedic moments that we’ve seen trend on social media. I’ve had to hold back my laughter because of how funny these characters are. 

What does a show like Youngins mean to you as a South African?

Youngins is a constant reminder to be unapologetically yourself. It is a project that I am extremely proud to be a part of. We’re telling raw and relatable stories through the experiences of what some might label as a lost generation. We’re finally giving youngins the spotlight while also acknowledging their concerns, struggles and victories in society. 

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