The Wife, Showmax’s show, has been a hot topic since its debut last year. The show continues to break ground in Mzansi telenovela industry with its fascinating storyline and the actors’ unique acting skills.
The show has introduced a certain kind of acting that had never been heard of in Mzansi.
It has produced the most raunchy scenes any telenovela has ever had in the history of the South African television industry.
A recent scene from season 2, episode 11 is still talk of the town on social media.
The season focuses on Zansile and Nkosana’s love life, played by Khanyi Mbau and Mondli Makhoba respectively.
The episode has been the most talked about thing on the South African trending list after Riky Rick’s death two weeks ago.
And, according to an entertainment commentator Phil Mphela, the bedroom scene was the most explicit scene in the history of South African telenovela.
This has to be the most explicit sex scene ever from a South African production.
— Kgopolo (@PhilMphela) March 10, 2022
Ironically, the scene has attracted so much criticism online, but at the same time increased the show’s troubled viewership records.
Could it be that viewers’ curiosity led many to start watching the show?
The Wife has had a few shortcomings lately. Viewers have been complaining of boring episodes from Zandile.
The explicit scenes have been seen as a deliberate way to make the show interesting again and revive the boring storyline.
There has been a debate online on whether Zandile and Nkosana’s scene is real or not.
This is because the close-up explicit scenes were recorded with so much realness and left a vivid picture that it could have been real.
But was the explicit scenes real, many have been asking?
Well, it normally depends on the actors’ willingness to engage in the raunchy acts.
The s.e.x scene between Khanyi Mbau and Mondli was, however, not real.
The show producers used a few acting props to come up with a real scene.
This is what they used;
Nippies / Nippets – to cover an actor’s areola
Merkins – a pubic wig, often used for period pieces or for actresses who want more coverage of their pubic area
Hibue / Shibue – a strapless thong that sticks to an actor’s pelvis, which acts as a barrier that prevents genitalia from touching
Vajoga – a yoga mat for genitalia, used as a genital barrier when two bodies are grinding against each other
Swim Shapers – used for n1pple covers or as a barrier to cover female genitalia
Mints / Gum – for fresh breath
Heat Pads – to keep actors warm between takes
Flesh-colored underwear – to use as a modesty garment
Aloe Vera gel – to soothe skin irritated by modesty garments
Bright green tape – so the cameraman knows the actor’s boundaries
Evian water spray and glycerine – for creating the impression of beads of sweat
Pen1s cups – a genitalia barrier for men
Exacto knife – for any makeshift barrier