She was very shocked when she got a South African Film and Television Award (Safta) nomination for best supporting actress in a TV show for her work on Mzansi’s Isikizi.
Tina Jaxa says although she has worked hard to be where she is today, she didn’t think she would be nominated this year.“It shows that I work hard and the people are watching and I appreciate the acknowledgment.”
Tina won a golden horn award at the Saftas for best actress on Gold Diggers a year ago, yet the 47-year-old says she is prepared for her last curtain call.
“I am hoping to win my last Safta this year, it will be very special because I have decided to retire from acting and move behind-the-scenes. I want to produce and direct films as well as assist in nurturing young talent.”
Tina first received her break in the 90s on SABC1 soapie Generations playing the role Priscilla Mthembu. “I have such great memories from when I started out.
“Things have not been easy but I continue to rise,” Tina says. She adds that she will announce her last day on the screen and promises to be in contact with her supporters.
Years after, Tina came back to the small screen on Gold Diggers and e.tv soapie Rhythm City and from that point forward she has been involved in more acting roles.
“Being in the industry for over 30 years and growing has been a blessing and I am happy to bow out knowing that I will still continue to contribute behind the camera,” she says.