In just a few short years, Terry Pheto went from an aspiring young actor to one of the most celebrated women in the entertainment industry. She graces the cover of Marie Claire for the June Denim & Design issue and gives one of the most candid and thought-provoking interviews we’ve ever done. But as much as her interview shows what a powerful woman she is, the photo shoot showed her fun-loving, playful and energetic side. Watch the behind-the-scenes video below, shot by Valentina Nicol:

In the June issue, she opens up about being a woman in the South African entertainment industry. She talks about her own sacrifices and looks back at one of her biggest idols, Winnie Mandela. If you don’t have your copy of Marie Claire yet, go out and grab yours, on shelves now!