She recently had fans fooled when she appeared to exchange a bitter war of words with local rapper Cassper Nyovest.
Meet Ebony... a beautiful horse I was shooting with that freaked out, so I fell off him & suffered some minor injuries.— Pearl Thusi (@PearlThusi) April 26, 2018
In the spirit on Woman Power... I got right back on to get the job done & because giving up is not in my nature. It was worth it. Black Girl Magic Baby! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/0GeQqtiCvV
Lol.... YOU FELL? What were you doing on a horse wena as a black woman? Certain things should be left to white people, don’t you think? That’s what you get for Ukuphapha!!! Yegela Izinto za belungu wena black girl magic!!! https://t.co/eTmIuqtH9u— R.M Phoolo (@CassperNyovest) April 26, 2018
But it turns out the back-and-forth between actress Pearl Thusi and the local rapper was just a bit of fun.
CapeTalk's Sara-Jayne King caught up with the Catching Feelings and Quantico star to get her take on a range of topics including the local film industry, personal career goals and ...hair!
It's important to grow, it's important to share, it's important to give back, it's important to fulfil your potential.— Pearl Thusi, actress/businesswoman
The actress, businesswoman, TV presenter and mom-of-one hit international TV screens in 2016 when she was cast as Dayana Maphasi in the hit US drama series Quantico.
But is there any such thing as a dream role for Thusi?
Yes, she says, one where she works alongside acting impresarios Viola Davis and Meryl Streep - although she takes heed of advice given to her by her former Quantico co-star.
Priyanka Chopra once said to me, 'No, they should want to meet me, or they should be equal'.— Pearl Thusi, actress/businesswoman
And what of the local film industry both in South Africa and on the continent as a whole?
Thusi hopes we will stop looking to other countries to define our role in cinema and instead realise the value of telling our own African stories.
We've got to create trend that is our own, that somebody else follows...we have brilliant stories, we have brilliant filmmakers and cinemas, but nobody goes to watch local cinema and we've got to find a way around that.— Pearl Thusi, actress/businesswoman
Thusi also proved she was game for a laugh as she took part in 'Quickfire Questions' - making no hesitation when asked on a scale of 1-10 how 'cool' her daughter Thando thinks Mom is!
Oh no! Look man, I'm her best friend, I'm the coolest mom at school, my daughter and I are obsessed with each other!— Pearl Thusi, actress/businesswoman
Pearl Thusi's latest movie Catching Feelings is showing at cinemas across the country, and the upcoming Scorpion King: Book of Souls is due out on Netflix later this year.
Listen as Pearl Thusi plays 'Quickfire Questions' with Sara-Jayne King: