With a career in acting spanning 41 years, Connie Chiume is the only South African woman to have bagged a role in Marvel’s superhero mega blockbuster, Black Panther. She plays a tribal leader in the critically-aclaimed film, which amassed a billion dollars in cinemas worldwide within weeks of its opening.
My agent sent me for an audition and at the time the title was Motherland. We didn’t get a synopsis of the film and I just had lines to read for the audition. I just read what I was supposed to and then received a call that I had been cast. Only then did I know the name of the movie. Even when I went to shoot, I was given my lines and not the whole script.
When I saw the cast they had put together for the film, I realized I was in something big even though I didn’t know how it was going to be received. When the first trailer came out, I knew for sure this was going to be a big movie. I was wowed!
It was amazing! I went there with an open mind and I was right to do so. When I got there, I found I was working with people who are so humble, hard-working and professional. I felt like I was being reunited with people I have known for a long time. The vibe you get watching the movie is exactly the same vibe that was there during the filming.