As if we weren’t hyped enough for the new season of Orange Is The New Black, we’ve just found out that Johannesburg-born Phumzile Sitole will be in it for nine whole episodes!
This is not home. Welcome to Max, July 27. pic.twitter.com/7ljAGROqCM
— Orange Is the New… (@OITNB) July 9, 2018
The South African actress studied Theatre and Performance at UCT, then moved to New York to get her Masters of Fine Arts at Columbia University last year. Since then she has had a role in The Good Fight, the spinoff to the super-successful The Good Wife, as well as a role in Shakespeare’s A Comedy Of Errors. Now her biggest role to date will be in the sixth season of Orange Is The New Black. Getting a gig with one of Netflix’s most popular shows is any actor’s dream and we reckon any day now she’ll be a household name (as soon as Americans get the pronunciation right).
— Black Femininja (@BlackNemz) July 9, 2018
In true South African style everyone has been congratulating Phumzile since the news broke, including fellow actress Kgomotso Christopher:
excitement got me talking in tongues!!!Ribabadoshingabaa!!!After nearly a YEAR of keeping this secret,I’m so proud to tell the WORLD that my Best friend @phumzilesitole is staring in the new season of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK!!!🍊🍊🔥🔥🧡🧡MY GIRL IS ON A SERIES ON @netflix YALL!! pic.twitter.com/XzXBsPUOG6
— BATUK MUSIC (@BATUKMUSICA) July 9, 2018
We have no doubt, you will shine. As you have from the get go!! Not easy to break in to the USA. But you did it your way. Talent. Hard work. Training & keeping the faith💖 https://t.co/HTxbnvNc4m
— Kgomotso Christopher (@kgchristopher) July 9, 2018
Even our Arts and Culture Minister revealed himself to be a OITNB fan and tweeted his congratulations:
It’s with great pride that we congratulate US-Based South African Actress, Phumzile Sitole, who has been cast to play a role in popular Netflix show, Orange is the New Black. Phumzile has also had a role in the American legal and political drama, The Good Fight. Siyakuhalalisela. pic.twitter.com/vgiM1Sbp18
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) July 11, 2018
The new season will be on Netflix on 27 July. And it’s perfect timing because Netflix has just launched Smart Download, which is going to make wasting hours of your life binge-watching a series so much easier. Now the app will automatically delete episodes you’ve watched and begin downloading the next episode for you without you even asking. This means you won’t have to waste precious time deleting episodes and freeing up space.
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