Exclusive Interview with OC Ukeje (Part II)

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The grilling continues…

(If you missed it, Part One of the interview is here)

Viva Naija and OC Ukeje

VN: What’s your favourite film of all time?

Oh, this is easy! The Gladiator – because it’s the only film that is able to make me cry each time. The ending is so…*clears throat* and anyway, yeah. The Warrior as well, starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.

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VN: You seem to like action films. Is there a role you’ve wanted to act that you haven’t yet?

I don’t know how this would work, but I would LOVE to play a radical extremist. It would be interesting to be able to convey belief in something so strong that you would kill and die for it.

VN: That would take some serious acting chops! Did you actually study acting then? Or would you like to return to an acting school like the RADA here to maybe train a bit more?

Hahahaha! I studied marine sciences and only took an extensive acting workshop four years after graduation! Yes, I would love to go to acting school, but unfortunately I can’t afford that much time off. In order to stay relevant, I must keep working. Hopefully, my work can only get better.

VN: Who is/are your favourite Hollywood actors?

Denzel Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio – that guy is a BEAST! And Cate Blanchett.

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VN: Marine sciences to acting?! So while you were hoping and dreaming, did you ever think you could make it this big though?

In theory, yes, I believed. Why would anyone keep at it if they didn’t believe in a breakthrough? In practice though, bills are a very real thing. And I’d seen so many actors who had been in the industry for so long and hadn’t received a lot of critical acclaim. It’s scary.

VN: So what’s the favourite film you’ve done?

Definitely White Waters. It was my first screen appearance, which is different from the plays I’d been doing. Also, I didn’t have a lot of lines, so it really stretched me artistically to convey meaning using body language.

VN: Speaking of body language, what’s your take on being seen as a handsome man and a sex symbol?

Hahahaha! Oh my God, you’re not shy, are you?! Ummm…I would say that I appreciate it. If you’ve ever heard the woes of an ugly guy, you’d understand. But since I didn’t buy it, I don’t let it affect me too much. The only thing is that I don’t want to end up type-cast as a Romeo or only do rom-coms. I have to be careful of that. Also…romantic scenes are soooo awkward! There are cameras, lights, a director is shouting at you…and the whole time, you have to be looking lovingly into someone’s eyes! *shudders*

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VN:  Let’s talk about some of the strands in the film When Love Happens. Online dating – what do you make of it?

Why not? Actually I think it’s great for someone to widen their circles. Learn new things, meet new people.

VN: And dating an ex? What if they turn out like Dare haha?

Hahaha, there’s only one way of finding out and that’s by engaging with them before you get to the dating proper. Even if you agree to date them, they might actually have matured and changed, or they, or they may be the same old jerk.  It’s a 50/50 chance you have to take.

VN: Finally, do you think a man can dig himself out of the friend zone?

Hmmmm….I think it is really hard for a guy to get out of the friend zone because ultimately, it’s not up to you. At the least though, I would say you should tell her how you feel. If she sees you in that light then you’re a winner! If not, you have to work hard to make sure that she still feels comfortable around you after the fact.

VN: You have been so excellent! Tainz. Tainz a bunsh. Really!

No…plix…don’t menshun. You’re wehcome!

Lights fade to black…

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