Fast-rising South African actress Thuso Mbedu recently bagged her first US cover on Emmy Magazine, and in telling her story, the star had opened up about her darkest year when she contemplated suicide.
The KZN born actress now is now based in the US and has been marked already as one of Hollywood’s fast rising star. Thuso in an interview with the publication opened up about how tough life was back in 2016 and how she got addicted to a cough syrup that made her hallucinate.
“I’d lost all hope. The only reason I didn’t take my life in 2016 was my sister. Everything that I’ve gone through, every person that I’ve lost, my sister has also lost. So, it wouldn’t be fair for me to add my body to all the losses my sister has faced,” Thuso said.
On her Instagram, the graceful actress told her followers that she cried like a baby when the cover and the cover story made it to the shelves. Thuso explained that she had poured her heart out, especially when she broke down the significance of her tattoo “Faith, Hope, Love”.
“My first US cover on Emmy Magazine! To tell you that I bawled like a baby when I saw that ‘Faith, Hope, Love’. Some know that it’s the tattoo that’s on my collar bone but not many know why …
“I got the tattoo after struggling with depression (for most of 2016) and declaring that without faith in God, hope in my purpose, love of God and my sister, I probably would’ve taken my life that year,” Thuso shared.
The actress, who stars as Cora in the upcoming and much-anticipated The Underground Railroad film, encouraged people to watch the heartfelt story, which she described as “a story of hope and resilience”.
“Cora’s story is the story of many. Thank you for riding this journey with me. Thank you, Emmy magazine.”
Check out magazine spread below: