I’VE BEEN STEREOTYPED AS A BAD GIRL, I WANT A CHANGE – AUSTRALIA-BASED ACTRESS EDIGUE OMOKARO



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I’VE BEEN STEREOTYPED AS A BAD GIRL, I WANT A CHANGE – AUSTRALIA-BASED ACTRESS EDIGUE OMOKARO

Edigue Omokaro is an Australia-based Nigerian actress. In this interview with DUPE AYINLA-OLASUNKANMi, she speaks about her nervous experience acting her first major movie, her motherhood experience, and  life in Australia. Excerpts:  



HOW has motherhood been so far for you?

I can honestly say that motherhood has been one of the best things that have ever happened to me. My kids are my life and they have taught me so much. Motherhood is not easy. It has its challenges however I love every moment of it.



Would you sacrifice it for any other thing?

I would not sacrifice it for any other thing in this world. My kids mean everything to me and they have made me the woman I am today.

Are you back to acting?

I am doing a bit of acting here and there. Acting is now more of a side hustle for me. But I acted in ‘Deadly Women’, an American TV documentary between 2013-2014.

Any plans to come to Nigeria soon?

If the right role comes up, why not?

How do you manage your time now?

I am so busy these days that it is not funny. I work full time and I just completed a Bachelor of Science, Criminology and Physiological study.

Tell us about how you got your body back to shape after child birth?

It’s never easy to get your body back after having kids but for me it is important for me to be healthy and to look good.  I had to mind what I eat and just do a bit of exercise whenever I can.

How did the journey into becoming an actor begin?

I have always loved acting right from school. One of my high school teachers was the one who encouraged me to start acting.

Tell us about your first day on set?

My very first movie was called ‘The land of milk and honey’.  I was so nervous that my hands were sweating, and my mouth was dry but I got through it and I was so proud of myself after the whole project was completed.

You were in Nigeria some years back. Can you tell us what the visit was about?

I came to promote one of my movies (Gossip Nation). It was so much fun making that movie.

Gossip Nation showcased what gossip can do and how gossiping can destroy lives.

Have you gotten that dream role you so wanted when you started acting?

Most of the roles I act are about a bad girl, or dangerous girl. I have never played  a good girl’s role and I would not mind to.

What inspires you as an actor?

Acting is about entertaining people, making people happy and that’s why I do it. I love to make people happy and I love to entertain.

How do you prepare for a role?

I need to study the character that am acting, do as much study as I can to understand the character. That way I can place myself in the character’s shoes.

Do you have preference for theatre or film?

I love both, but theatre is a bit more difficult because you have no room for error.

Tell us about the hardest role you have played?

Edigue Omokaro

One of the hardest roles I have played was for a TV documentary series called ‘Deadly Women’. I had to play a killer and I had to put on an American accent.

What is your advice to aspiring actors?

Never give up on your dreams. It’s not an easy career to get into but keep trying and have fun.

Do you feel insecure as a mother of three daughters?

I thank God for the world we live in today, a world that a female child has the same opportunities as men. I do not feel insecure at all.  I know my kids (my daughters) can be anything they want and the fact that they are girls would not be a barrier for them.

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Was Gossip Nation your first movie?

That is my first big one. I did so many high school stuffs. I have also done many pro-government movies back in Australia. Gossip Nation was my first Nollywood movie.

What do you mean by pro-government movie?

I was  like an awareness stuff for those migrating from Africa to Australia. It was called the land of milk and honey. It talks about someone who feels because he has a PhD he can have all he wants. Although he has the qualification, he doesn’t have the money. And if he decides to travel to a place like Australia without awareness of their immigration policies, he meets with a brick wall.

What is life like in Australia?

It is the land of milk and honey, a land of opportunities. Government is there for you always. There is free education and the government does everything to support the citizens.

Were you just called up for the role?

No, there was a competition. Other people wanted to be Kemi. It was really exciting and that made me even more determined to get the role.

I got to know the producer because I did some video clips with him. After one of the video clips, he told me he was going to make a movie and wants me in it. Initially I thought he was joking, but a year and half later, he called to say I should show up for the auditions. The rest is history as they say.

At the premiere of the movie, what was going through your mind?

I was like, oh my God! I am a star now. I couldn’t believe where I got the courage to do all that I did. But I loved it. I say thank you to the producer for giving me the opportunity to be part of the movie.

Who do you look up to as your role model?

Patience Ozokwo is one of my idols. And when I first watched her movies, especially where she acted as a witch or a wicked woman, you wouldn’t help but think she a witch in real life. But I’ve also seen a couple of movies where she acted good roles. So that is what I want.

I have a lot of them. I love Nollywood movies. So in Nollywood, I ‘ ll choose Genevieve. I grew up watching her and I love every bit of her movie. She has class and can do anything. Mercy Johnson, Ini Edo, Rita Dominic, there are so many that I look up to.

What do you like about your role in Gossip Nation?

Everyone gossips and I can never say I haven’t gossiped. I have gossiped and have heard my friends share gossips. So we have all experienced it but this character (Kemi), is one I know that at the end of the movie, people will remember. She was naughty, rude, sexy and people will remember that. I actually wanted something like that.

Do you have shops where you can get good videos in Australia?

Yes. There is a center of the town where we can get real Nigerian movies. I love Nigeria movies and I am one of the biggest customers.

I’VE BEEN STEREOTYPED AS A BAD GIRL, I WANT A CHANGE – AUSTRALIA-BASED ACTRESS EDIGUE OMOKARO

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