Friday, April 4, 2014

Meet The Lady Who Claims That No Man Has Ever Cheated On Her Throughout Her Life [PHOTOS]

EVaezi Ogoro is a musician and an actress

How did you develop the passion for acting?
Acting has been part of me from as early as I can remember. When I was very young, I was always in school or church drama. When I gained admission to the University of Lagos to study English, I did my minor in Theatre Arts until my third year. I also used to bug my uncle, Producer and Director, Kingsley Ogoro, to involve me in his movie projects but I guess that he never thought I was serious about it at the time. Also, he was always weary of my late father (his brother) who had other plans for me. Professionally speaking, my acting career took off three years ago when Charles Novia approached me with his script: ‘Alan Poza’ and asked me to take up a role. The project was a success, and the rest is history.

How do you combine acting and singing at the same time?
Singing and acting come naturally to me. They flow together and as a matter of fact, they are one and the same to me. The difference is just melody. With movie, you give me your script and I act it out with my body and my expressions. With music, I create my own script and act it with notes and pitch. I also use one to boost the other. For instance, if I am on location shooting a movie and I am not feeling the scene or expressing a particular emotion as I should, I often visualise that particular scene to be a music video and I would start singing my lines. This often helps me channel that desired emotion really well. Desmond Elliot once told me on set that I was one of the few good actors…that I’m natural. When he said so, Robert Peters nodded enthusiastically in agreement. I felt elated that night on set. He didn’t know my secret.

What movie role won’t you accept no matter the amount involved?
I won’t accept any negative role, especially ones that go against what I believe in as a person and as woman. It is not because I am not versatile enough to interpret such roles, no, not at all. I can interpret any role I am given. The issue is that aside from the disease of ‘stereotyping’ actors in certain roles which Nollywood has and does on a regular basis, Nigerians are not yet mature enough to distinguish between fact and fiction. I want to be a great role model to the younger generation in every facet of my career and to be proud of every step I take on my way to the top. I wouldn’t want my kids and their friends to watch one of my films years later and be disappointed. Secondly, I have to consider the feelings of the wonderful man in my life. He means the world to me and I wouldn’t want to ever put him in a position of having to defend my honour if and when folks ask him that I was involved in degrading roles. This is the reason why a lot of marriages crash among celebrities, actors in particular.

Who are the actors you admire?
Internationally, I admire Idris Elba and Zac Efron. Then in Nollywood I am a great fan of the new generation of actors sprouting therefrom. I am talking about the likes of Blossom Chukwujekwu, Okey Uzoeshi, Bryan (Mr. Nigeria) and Kenneth Okolie; they are brilliant actors.

Can you speak a bit about your love life?
Well, I am in a serious relationship with someone I am completely and irrevocably in love with. He feels the same way about me. We aren’t perfect but we fit each other well. I will leave it at that.

Are you hoping to settle down soon?
Of course yes! It is everybody’s dream to settle down with that special someone and build a life together with him. I am no different. I do trust my God to let His will be done in the area of my marriage. I will settle down at the right time and that is when He wants me to. I am in no rush. Right now, I am gradually building my legacy, enjoying life, loving and being loved.

You must have suffered a heartbreak before as a human being, what did you do to wriggle out of the hurt?
You know when people talk about heartbreak, they usually attribute it to romantic relationships. That isn’t the only cause of heartbreak. In terms of relationships, I have never had a man break my heart before. I have never really experienced that particular type of heartbreak. However, I have been hurt by friends, family members and I have had my expectations unmet. The first thing I did when it happened was to be in a comical environment or atmosphere. I immediately went to watch a movie or hung out with loved ones who made me laugh. Oddly enough, I don’t like to listen to music when I feel sad or downcast.

What movie do you think put you into the limelight?
The movie that heralded and inducted me into Nollywood was Charles Novia’s romantic comedy titled ‘Alan Poza’. I played the role of ‘Kiki’, a young talent discovered by a couple of music executives.

What is that thing you admire about yourself? And can you define your style?
One thing I love about myself is my sense of humour. It has been my saving grace throughout. It has gotten me through really bad and shaky times in my life. My style is simple, unique and edgy. The reason is that I love to blend.

What kind of treat are you expecting from your man at this festive period?
I am a very simple babe who loves to be loved with what some may believe to be inconsequential things like a smile, a touch, hug or just be silent and cuddled up with my man. He knows this, even though he constantly insists on spoiling me with material gifts. Therefore, a nice, cosy getaway or dinner for two with lots of great foods, music and movies; that would be a great treat for me.