Kenyan actress Mumbi Maina has been making waves in the entertainment industry with her compelling portrayal of Katherine in the popular Showmax telenovela “Second Family.”
Known for her mystery and ambitious nature, Katherine has become a central character in the ongoing succession battles within the East Africa Granary Company (EAGC).
Beyond her captivating role, Maina recently had the opportunity to work on international projects, including “The Matrix Resurrections,” where she met and shared the screen with Hollywood icon Keanu Reeves.
In this candid interview, Maina shares insights into her character, her experience reuniting with fellow actor Brian Ogola, and the invaluable lessons she has gained from her international ventures.
The Enigmatic Katherine:
Playing the role of Katherine in “Second Family” has allowed Maina to showcase her versatility as an actress. Maina acknowledges the intrigue of her character’s complexity, with her ability to use strength and charm to her advantage.
I love how no one ever really knows what she is thinking unless she lets them in. Her mystery, coldness and selective playfulness intrigued me.
Reuniting with Brian Ogola:
Fans of Kenyan cinema will recall Maina and Brian Ogola’s onscreen chemistry from their previous collaboration in the film “Jane and Abel.”
The duo’s reunion in “Second Family” has been met with excitement, as they effortlessly bring their characters to life. Maina expresses her joy in working with Ogola again, emphasizing the fun and camaraderie they share on set.
I’ve always looked forward to working with Brian again. We’ve had great onscreen chemistry on the set of Second Family from day one.
It’s wonderful that after all these years, it’s never changed. We have a lot of fun on set.
A Memorable Encounter with Keanu Reeves:
Maina’s talent and dedication led her to secure a role in the highly anticipated film “The Matrix Resurrections,” where she had the chance to work alongside Keanu Reeves. Initially nervous about the experience, Maina found Reeves to be friendly, humble, and down-to-earth, alleviating her anxiety.
I was initially very nervous about the entire experience. I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect given the magnitude of the entire production and the fact that it was also my first sci-fi film.
I met Keanu a few days prior to filming my scenes with him. He was friendly, super humble and really easy going; that put a huge chunk of my anxiety at ease.
❓What lessons have you learnt from your international projects that you apply in your roles here in Kenya?