Most actors have the same old story when it comes to landing roles. They get a call from their agent, they audition, and boom, the role is theirs. I expected a similar tale when I talked to the newest star of Coming 2 America, Nomzamo Mbatha, but her audition tale was far from boring.
“Where do I start?” the South African actress says laughing when I ask how she landed the role of Mirembe in the Coming to Americasequel. “I am in Abu Dhabi. I’m doing some work with the United Nations — as you know, I’m the Goodwill Ambassador for the refugee agency at the U.N. So I’m doing work and we’re shooting this thing and I get a call from my agent and he says, ‘Nomzamo, I need you to be on a flight back to L.A. ASAP.’ You can send in a tape for this project, but being in the room is where you need to be.’”
Mbatha admits she was hesitant to drop everything, lamenting how she’d put up money for other projects before that she didn’t land. Plus she had another obligation back in her home country.
“I was supposed to fly from Abu Dhabi straight back to South Africa for the South African Music Awards. They were waiting for me at rehearsals.” I gasp. “Right!” she says. “So I changed my flight. I canceled my flight from Abu Dhabi to South Africa and booked a whole new flight from Dubai to L.A.”
The story doesn’t stop there, however (I also skipped over the part where Mbatha had to wake up at 4 am to drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai to make her flight to L.A.). When the actress lands in L.A. she received some rather disappointing news.