ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON ANY MOVIE?
I have a couple of movies coming out soon. There is an EbonyLife TV movie coming out in December entitled, ‘Chief Daddy’. I have ‘Knocking Out Blessing’ which I am so looking forward to because I played a prostitute there. Then, ‘Soldier’s Story’ part 2 will be out in December, and I also have a political movie coming out next year.
HOW DID YOU GET YOURSELF INTO THE PROSTITUTE CHARACTER?
It is hard. It is really hard. As actors, we need a lot of time to fit into character. I had to go and watch movies of other people that have acted the character. I’m not talking about American movies but our own local content. I played the role of a prostitute in the movie, also a friend did a documentary on prostitution and that helped me as well. It was something that was cool because I had to speak Pidgin English, so it was good.
DON’T YOU THINK PEOPLE MAY MISTAKE THE PROSTITUTE CHARACTER TO BE REAL LIFE?
No, they wouldn’t. People have always likened my real life character to that of Bimpe in ‘Tinsel’ but when they see me in real life, they notice that I am totally different. I am quiet.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER HIGH AND LOW MOMENTS?
The high moment in my career was ‘The meeting’. The movie gave me the breakthrough after ‘Tinsel’. My low moment, I cannot remember because my high moments always surpass the low moments.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING THAT ACTING HAS DONE FOR YOU?
We hide behind a lot of characters. There are a lot of things that we would want to play out in person but we can’t do. Acting has given me the opportunity to play different characters, and the fact that I can interact and pass information to people, in front of a camera.
WHAT IS THE MOST EMBARRASSING THING A FAN HAS DONE OR SAID TO YOU?
One day, someone saw me and said, ‘Hi Bimpe, so you are actually small in person’, and I just smiled. Another person, now a guy, sometimes guys don’t know how to hug and take pictures, he actually put his hand on my low waist. I had to tell him, ‘guy, it’s not there, please take your hand up’. You just have to set boundaries.
YOU’VE ALWAYS MAINTAINED A CLEAN SLATE IN THE INDUSTRY, NO CONTROVERSY, HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO DO THIS?
I always remember the family that I come from. I always ask myself, ‘would they be proud of me if I do this?’ Even if bad publicity is also publicity, I just don’t want it attached to my name.