Former news anchor Janet Mbugua is set to appear on the anticipated Kenyan series “Monica”, the Showmax drama staring Brenda Wairimu.
Mbugua, who has been away from TV for some time now is set to make a cameo as Jesse, a fierce, Deputy Governor who she describes as “Olivia Pope without the marital scandals.”
Mbugua debuted her acting career eight years ago when she starred in “Rush”, the AMVCA-nominated Kenyan drama but since then, she hasn’t been in any other production.
She actually thought she was done with acting, that is until Monica’s Season 3 script popped up. The role was too good for her to say no.
“To be honest, I thought I’d gotten that bug out of my system, although I enjoyed it of course. And then this role came my way,” she stated.
“I always feel like you can’t necessarily double back. My background is in news anchoring; acting was something I did because I like to embrace new challenges and experiences.”
Mbugua, a mother of two now, went on to reveal that she has rejected several acting roles majorly because of her family.
She’s no longer the 25-year-old flexible Mbugua.
“I didn’t have my own family when I starred in Rush so at the time, I didn’t mind the crazy filming hours,” she said.
“But when I started growing my family, I was very cognizant about not stretching myself.”
“Suddenly, I was a new mum, an anchor, a brand ambassador, a moderator, a wife. That’s a lot. And while some people can do it and I admire them, some of us just feel like we need to take a backseat and focus on certain things.”
Since leaving TV, Mbugua has been focused on family and her non-profit organization, Inua Dada Foundation.