Showmax “Adulting” Cast
Here is the cast of Showmax’s latest show, “Adulting.”
When Showmax first teased their new show, “Adulting,” everyone anticipated good entertainment. It was tagged “Bromance Of The Decade.” The streaming platform tweeted, “Sometimes life is tough, but there are no cowardly soldiers here. We cry together, dance together, and push together.”
On their official site, the show is described as follows; “Adulting follows four male friends on their journey to find love and success in modern-day South Africa. As they navigate the treacherous currents of adulthood, they turn to each other for support.” That’s enough information for anyone looking to watch it.
The new series is an eight-part drama set in Johannesburg, exploring the “bromance” and the parallel lives of four university friends. The characters include a family man, a toy boy, an alpha male, and a single father. The series follows their lives as they navigate through their careers and relationships in Joburg.
The new show is written and produced by Phathu Makwarela. Menga Nhlabathi is credited as the director. It is also the first Showmax Original from the production company Tshedza Pictures, known for the hit series “The River” and “The Republic.” In the last four years, the production company’s co-founders, Phathu Makwarela and Gwydion Beynon, have won five Best Scriptwriting SAFTAs.
“Adulting” premiered exclusively on Showmax on Monday, March 20th, 2023. New episodes will be released every other Monday.
Famous South African actor Thembinkosi Mthembu leads the cast. He plays Bonga, a successful businessman. Other cast members include Thabiso Rammusi, Nhlanhla Kunene, and former Big Brother Mzansi housemate, Luthando ‘BU’ Mthembu or “Bu Zulu Vegan,” Winnie Ntshaba, Sikelelwa Vuyeleni, Buhle Samuels, and Lungile Duma. Famous South African singer, Boohle also makes a guest appearance.
The cast spoke to TimesLIVE about their characters in the series.
Thembinkosi Mthembu (The River), who plays Bonga, said, “He’s a guy who goes after what he wants in life, who likes his friends, family, and girls, though he doesn’t believe in love. He’s at a stage in his life where things are changing for him, as he’s bidding on an R80m contract.” The noted that every scene is funny and “the scripts don’t sugarcoat anything; there’s no filter.”
Luthando BU Mthembu (Big Brother Mzansi) plays Vuyani, the toy boy who relies on his sugar mama, Beth (played by the SAFTA-winning Winnie Ntshaba). He said, “He’s a slay king; his face is his business. He’s not too serious; he might take something that’s very serious and make it light. I think people will relate to his playfulness; I feel like everybody at some point was fun and not too deep.”
Nhlanhla Kunene plays the hot-headed bad boy Eric, who is trying to be a good father. He had limited access to his daughter. Nhlanhla spoke about the bromance between the guys behind the scenes. “It was a beautiful bromance on set.”
“We have a lot of fun together, so that comes across on screen. At the same time, every character is going through something. And the only way they find comfort is when they come together and share their experiences. No matter what happens, we have each other’s back, we hear each other, and we’ll tell each other straight. So that’s also where that bromance comes in.”
Thabiso Rammusi plays Mpho, a family man in a secret affair. He opened up about the connection the characters share with each other. “You know, after varsity, life divides you as you get different jobs and move in different directions.” He said, “But because of the bromance these guys have, they’ve still there for each other. The connection these brothers have isn’t common in society these days.”