She now plays fiery attorney Shado on e.tv’s Scandal! And says she’s thrilled to be part of the soapie world.

“I’m also excited to be back with the e.tv family and love every minute spent with the warm and welcoming Scandal! team.”

We sat her down to do our countdown interview to find out more about her off-screen life.

5 ingredients you’d need to whip up a great meal?

Garlic, olive oil, cream, mushrooms, pasta – you see where I’m going here?

4 famous people you’d love to invite around for a dinner party?

Oprah, [late American singer] Nina Simone (can we bring her back somehow?), actress Viola Davis, former US first lady Michelle Obama, [American academic] Michael E Porter (the greatest strategist) – it’s five, I know, I just couldn’t choose!

3 things on your bucket list?

Win an Academy award, produce a show, get married and start a family.

2 achievements you’re really proud of?

Graduating with a UCT business science honours degree. Working alongside Laurence Fishburne, and later being invited to his home and solidifying a great friendship with him over the years.

1 book you have read recently?

Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge.