Rosemary Zimu speaks on career change and acting – “I always slept in class”

Rosemary Zimu is a South African actress, model and entrepreneur. She owns her own luxury eye wear brand named RZ Eye Wear. And, most people may know her from playing Lily Juice on etv’s Scandal or Warona from The Queen. However, some may know her as Veronica on Isidingo.

A picture of Actress Rosemary Zimu who played Lily juice on Scandal
A picture of Actress Rosemary Zimu who played Lily juice on Scandal

However way you may know Rosemary, today we will be talking about her career. Zimu began as a law student and then moved to acting while on course. She recalls how she was always sleeping in claas. “I was always sleeping and ended up sitting at the back because the lecturers could see I wasn’t listening. In fact at one point a lecturer once threw a ball at her to wake her up and shake off her sleep.

What made her change her mind on law?

Aside from all the sleeping? The final trigger was the day she got her first role. Her friend had called her to come and audition for a film. It was a Nollywood film and at the time she called, Zimu was in a criminal law class.

Rosemary Zimu wanted to be a lawyer but decided to drop out
Rosemary Zimu wanted to be a lawyer but decided to drop out

And when the class began, the lecturer came crying, she tired of exonerating criminals. She was tired of saving murderers from prison and the young Rosemary who was in the audience just got her life changing epiphany. This wasn’t what she needed in life. So she asked to leave and went straight to the auditions.

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How Zimu got her first role

Well, Zimu is a firm believer in manifestations, affirmations and God. So when she got there, the line was very long as a result of her procrastinations. And not forgetting the fact that she was in Midrand when her friend called and the audition was in Pretoria.

So, she was so late that she was the last person in line. She had no hope and after hours of waiting she honestly believed that there was going to be a line cut. But as she was about to leave, one of the producers came out and reasssured every one that there wasn’t going to be any line cuts. This was all the confirmation she needed.

Rosemary Zimu will be appearing on Netflix and Showmax shows
Rosemary Zimu will be appearing on Netflix and Showmax shows

And, she waited until her turn, her friend who had stood in line for her waited for her. She waited with her literally the whole day and after her audition it all paid out. Zimu was selected and it paid off. Her sleeping in class had paid off in a very unexpected way. And that was a turning point for her. That’s when she knew that she was destined for that path.

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