Interview With Nollywood actress Chiamaka Nwokeukwu, She is pretty but shy. However, this has not stopped her from interpreting her roles very well as a Nollywood actress. Chiamaka Nwokeukwu is one of those actresses making Nollywood proud. Recently, she was made the toast of most movie producers when she played a lead role in Chinelo The Shy Virgin which gave her the Afrifimo Award in America. In this interview with CHRISTIAN AGADIBE, she spoke about her career, the award and life generally. Excerpts:
How did you become an instant hit?
Whenever I’m given a movie role, I take my time to study it. I just pull off Chiamaka Nwokeukwu, and wear the character; I always read my script in and out –every time, like it’s my last day. I really study my character well. I want to bring out the best in the character I’m wearing so that when people watch it, they will know I’m the best in what I’m doing.
You received an award called Afrifimo Award recently from the US; what has the award changed in you?
The award made people (critics) to look at me in another dimension and say that I’m good. I actually went to US, I was nominated, and I won an award. People no longer look at me the way they did before.
Wow! On the day of the award, it was something else; the way they were talking about African movies, Nollywood is actually going places. They are very realistic, and they do true life stories. Americans love Nollywood.
Which of the actors is your favourite?
I have so many favourite stars, most of them encourage me and most of them discourage me.
At the moment, who is your biggest actor?
Monelisa Chinda; I love her acting, I love her charisma, I love her carriage. Whenever you do a scene with her, she tells you that you are good, she encourages you. Most of them will look at you with jealousy, and the industry is full of jealousy. But she was just there; like she is really good. I love Annie Idibia a lot; she is a very strong woman. Both of them are my mentors.
What is the average time you take to internalize your script?
I love being given a script like two weeks or three weeks before the shooting. Most of them give you a script three days before shooting, it’s not right. Normally, you’re supposed to read a script like two or three times- then study your character and get used to the character. For example, I’m acting a mad woman. Most of my scene there I was a mad woman, and I did a lot of research on this mad character. I also acted a shy virgin; where I was a naïve small girl; looking like a 16-year-old.
Was that the story?
Were you a virgin there? And were you are virgin when you featured in the movie?
I’m not a virgin. But for real when you’re a virgin, you’re very shy.
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