Yoruba actress, Yetunde Bakare, has grown to become a household name in the lips of her teaming fans as she needs no recognition having struggled her way through to the top in the buzzing entertainment industry.
The actress while recalling part of the challenges she faced as an actress, disclosed that her skin colour almost ruined her career as she was not getting movie roles like the fair skin actresses.
Yetunde Bakare, without doubts, isÂ one of the actresses to watch outÂ for in the Yoruba movie industry. With movies like Ajobi, Alani Baba Labake, Omo Olodo, Awa Okunrin, Awolu Goes to School, Amisu to name a few, the voluptuous ebony signed her way into the big league and she has since remained the screen darling of many Yoruba film lovers .
She is a versatile actress and movie producer who also stars in English movies thus making herself a well known star in the industry. She spoke in An Interview Below:
Â How has your career been so far?
It has been awesome so far. So good, I am enjoying it.
When did you get into Nollywood?
Long ago. I actually started acting on stage in my church. Before I got into the university I used to go out a lot, and was presenting at various stage plays. Even when I got into University, I continued my stage acting and later veered into modelling. As a model, I did a couple of stuffs for First Weekly magazine and some other magazines but it was at First Weekly magazine that I met Kanbi Owolabi who introduced me to some people in the acting business. From there I started with Funke Akindeleâ€™s Awa Okunrin movie and then Supermom. Along the line I met Uncle Yomi Fash Lanso who also helped me a lot. Sometimes, I just followed him to locations to play and just watch what they were doing and to learn.
Yetunde Bakare Have you done any movies this year?
I have my own movie coming out soon called Asiyan with Odunlade Adekola, Madam Saje, Afeez Eniola and some other people
What movies have you done recently?
I produced a movie last year called Ajobi, it was was released around August and some other movies like Alani Baba Labake, Iyawo Teacher, Sunday Gboku Gboku, Omo Olodo, Amisu, and The Circle
Have you faced any challenges so far?
Yes, I have I have, producing is not easy. Sometimes you spend a lot of money and you donâ€™t get to recoup the money you spent. It is really disheartening after going through the stress, cracking your brain, not being able to sleep all night and still, you donâ€™t make your money back. It happens a lot. That is just the biggest.
Has anyone ever told you to date him for a role? Yes, a lot. I canâ€™t give you names but there have been so many issues like that. There was one that was so serious that we had to fight.It got to a stage that he started sending me messages on my Facebook, abusing me and all sorts and he is a star for that matter; a very popular actor.
Which role has been your most challenging role in a movie?
My recent movie Asiyan because I had to cry a lot. It is not easy to cry. At a point I was requesting for Paracetamol because I had a serious headache. You crying without someone hurting you is really serious. You have to make it look real and itâ€™s not easy. Have you ever done a sex scene in a movie before? Iâ€™ve not done anything like sex but Iâ€™ve kissed and Iâ€™ve done bed scenes
Has anyone ever touched your boobs or your bum in a movie? No, but Iâ€™ve kissed for real. Even touching my boobs is no big deal because we know we are working and your mind is more on what youâ€™re doing than thinking about something else. Itâ€™s just part of the job, there is no attachment. Have you ever fantasized about having sex with any actor?
Like how I wish? That would be Will Smith because I just like his height and cool face. I like my man to be built along the same lines.
How do you view sex generally?
Sex is a normal thing that happens between a lady and a guy, it is just a way of expressing your emotional self. When you have sex you have a lot of fun, exercise and stuffs and you will be relieved of some things. It is a very good moment because you worry less and you just want to have that fun when youâ€™re doing it. You want to reach the climax
What has been your most memorable moment so far?
That should be when I did Alani Baba Labake even before I produced my own movie. I acted as Lankoâ€˜s daughter and he happens to be the Landlord of Baba Suwe. Along the way, there was a particular scene that really got me thrilled, it was a bathroom scene. I was in the bathroom and Baba Suweâ€™s son was peeping and my daddy caught him in the action. It was something very funny because everyone thought he was actually looking at my nakedness. Each time they show it on African Magic, many people call, wanting to know if I was actually naked. There is even a joke about it, that goes like this â€œWon ri run mi oooâ€, meaning they have seen my pubic hair. But ask yourself: is it possible for me to be naked for real? That kind of hair is too expensive to see.
Where you really naked?
No, I wasnâ€™t. I really loved that part. It was very funny and that part really helped me a lot because I got a lot of calls and lots of contacts. Most people are still convinced I was naked for real in that movie.
Yetunde Bakare What would you see in a movie that you would say this movie is interesting?
If a movie is going to be emotional, let it be emotional 100%. At that moment you will have my attention. If itâ€™s going to be tragedy, let it be 100% tragedy. If you want to make it a crime, let it be 100%. If itâ€™s going to be romantic let it be 100% romantic; donâ€™t tell them â€œyou canâ€™t kiss me, you canâ€™t smooch me, you canâ€™t touch my boobsâ€, make it real and give it your very best, that is acting
How would you describe yourself?
Yetunde is a very lively person that loves having fun and meeting people. I like travelling a lot, dancing, swimming, drinking to ease myself of some certain stress.
Yetunde is a very interesting person to be with off set Can you go nude in a movie?
I can wear a bikini, I can wear a nightwear but I canâ€™t go nude. If I want to be a stripper, I can do that, I can wear a stripperâ€™s wear but I canâ€™t go 100% nude like boobs and everything out
Has anyone ever embarrassed you over your boobs?
Yes o, it was really embarrassing. The person was actually greeting me and we greeted each other . But he insisted he was greeting me that I had not greeted him, next thing he did was to grab my boobs. It was embarrassing and I felt really bad because as a woman, I donâ€™t really like that kind of thing. It happened at Rumours Club. I let it ride because I felt the guy must have been drunk or something to do that.
Who do you look forward to working with?
Mercy Johnson and Funke Akindele again Which one is your biggest English movie? And very challenging? I would tell you Supermom because I had to act like one old woman. The set was very lively, it was Wale Adebayo that directed it and it was very interesting but challenging You said you love shopping, like how much can you spend in one shopping spree? I canâ€™t really say, I did one yesterday Like
how much did you spend? Yesterday, I spent about N200, 000 plus Where do you shop? I love Indigo at Ikeja and I have a friend that travels to UK and whenever she has good stuff, she brings it to my house and I buy it from her. Sometimes, when I travel to Dubai, I buy my stuffs and I come back home
Who is your role model in acting?
My role model would be Angelina Jolie. I love her. I just like her person; sheâ€™s just unique in her own way What more should people expect from you? They should expect the very best and my latest movie coming out very soon.