HONOURED: Nondumiso Tembe

She will play the role of Grace Rwaramba, the late King of Pop’s nanny to his three children, in the made-for-TV biopic

Speaking to the Sunday Tribune this week, she revealed that she was a huge fan of the star and said the film would shed light on many unknown aspects of MJ’s life.

“We all think we know Michael Jackson’s story, but this film reveals a very different side of one of the world’s most prolific artists,” she said.

Tembe said her role in the movie was an important one and she felt honoured to play it.

“Grace became one of his closest friends and confidantes. When his children were born, he asked her to move in with them and become their nanny.

“She saw everything. They had quite a complicated and somewhat tumultuous relationship, but she loved him very much and was fiercely protective of him and she was there through thick and thin.

“It was fascinating for me, as someone who has been a huge fan of Michael Jackson all my life – but seeing another more vulnerable, human and relatable side of this icon, this man we all idolised and adored, was profound for me,” said Tembe.

It is not known when or if the film – based on the book, Remembering the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in his final days, by Bill Whitefield and Javon Beard – will be available on local TV.

Tembe is no stranger to Hollywood and has also starred in top US crime series True Blood and the new TV show, SIX, a military drama.