She is the youngest of three girls and yet actress Candice Modiselle’s demeanor doesn’t show any signs of being the ‘spoilt one’ as last borns are mostly seen. She chats to DRUM about her life, education, her sisters Refilwe and Bontle, what she can’t live without and rapper Priddy Ugly asking his sister’s hand in marriage.
So the thing on most people’s minds right now is the engagement between your sister Bontle and her man Priddy Ugly, what was your reaction to it? Were you as surprised as Bontle?
I’ve always been a huge advocate of young black love, a narrative we don’t see or celebrate often enough. I’m so blessed to be a witness of Bontle and Richardo’s growth from strength to strength. Admirable is an understatement. I appreciate their love and wish them nothing shy of God’s blessings on their union.
For those who don’t know, tell us who is Candice Modeselle?
First and foremost, Tumelo Candice Modiselle is a God-fearing lover of life, daughter, sister, passionate all-round artist and entertainer, Wits Honours Graduate in Dramatic Arts (a humble brag), a junior lecturer, aspiring arts activist and storyteller.
What are three things that you enjoy doing apart from “work”; the acting, choreographing and presenting?
Outside of my craft and if I’m not in studio or on set, I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my family who I consider to be my closest friends. Secondly, I’ve fallen deeply in love with teaching, which I do at the OnCue Interface School of Television and Radio. Lastly, theatre is my first love, so being able to occasionally indulge in a good theatre production with great company and good food, is one of my favourite pastimes.
Your sisters Refilwe (model, TV presenter, & actress) and Bontle Modeselle (dancer, TV presenter and actress) are also in the entertainment industry. Is that something you all maybe planned on growing up?
We have all always been entertainers by nature, however it was never part of the plan to venture into the entertainment industry. Refilwe and Bontle were both initially in the corporate world, having attained qualifications in Advertising and Corporate Communications respectively. We’ve all been called to the craft as God has willed and have found our individual passions and purposes. They just so happen to be aligned.
You’re all actresses, how was it growing up with them?
Growing up with a family as loving and entertaining as mine has been such a profound blessing. I still attribute many of our qualities to my gorgeous mother who in many ways is the life of the party. We lost my father in 1997 and from that moment, an incredible bond was created between us all. While most people would expect claws flying and petty fights (naturally, there are occasional disagreements as no family is perfect) the Modiselle household has always been a ball of great energy, good laughs, passion, consistent support and pure love.
You recently graduated from Wits with your Honours in Dramatic Arts, and started acting on Generations, not forgetting the presenter gig at YoTv, how does that feel, achieving all these things is the short space of time?
Many people would assume that a lot of my opportunities came easily, being on 2 huge platforms fresh out of university. It all comes down to genuine hard work, prayer and a positive mindset. For five years I had auditioned for many platforms, I had heard more “no” more than I had anything else. At some point I thought of switching careers completely and venturing into business, until it dawned on me that God’s delay is not a denial. There were storms of rejection and right here, right now feels like the rainbow working towards my pot of gold. I’m reaping the rewards for my patience. It’s so fulfilling to know that when it’s your season, no man can close the doors God has opened for you.
You’ve done movies, choreographed some theatre productions, what else do you would you like to get into?
As I’ve mentioned, teaching is a new found love of mine and I intend of broadening my horizons in that space. I love working with young talent and would love nothing more than being a vessel that assists in growing their skill and honing their craft. I would still love to produce more theatre and screen productions, write more, perform in my own work, grow as a presenter, host, speaker and actress.
What are three things can you not live without?
I can’t live without my family, food and music.