During the interview, the actress who is popular for her role as Peace in "Lekki Wives" and currently plays "Kate" in "Fifty The Series," spoke about her role in an upcoming sci-fi Nollywood movie, remaking a classic, replacing Nse Ikpe-Etim as Kate on EbonyLlife's "Fifty," and her greatest fear as an actor.
Actress talks upcoming Nollywood sc-fi movie, plans to remake a classic
Keira Hewatch has plans of doing a remake of a Nollywood film that was iconic when she was growing up. Maybe "Violated"?
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On taking over from Nse-Ikpe Etim as Kate on "Fifty"
No, I wasn't [felling pressured to deliver]. It was a character that was understood and explained. All I had to do was just get into the process of becoming that character. And I understand that Nse did an amazing job in the film, so I just wanted to be able to do the work so that I could do the best that she did.
On similarities between Keira and Kate
None whatsoever. This is the thing, I think I'm a more practical person. I am more of a realist in the sense that I deal with situations like they come. I think Kate is a woman who tries to hide her head in the sand, like trying to run away from the reality of stuffs. That's not me.
On what she dislikes about Kate
I dislike the fact that she doesn't pay attention to her husband. Keira as a person is very relationship oriented. And for anyone, I feel like it's important to pay attention to the people you have in your life.
But I like the fact that she is a disciplinarian and is very strict with bringing up her daughter. Even though it seems like it's not working at the moment because her daughter is still a teenager, but I like that part of Kate.
On the current success of Nigerian TV
I think that we are getting better generally. I mean, Nollywood is getting better, the TV business is getting better. They are doing more stories that look better. And because we are basically living in a global village with the Internet connecting us, we get to reach out to a lot more people, so our works have to be authentic. The quality of productions are getting better now. I think that's why TV is making a huge comeback in Nigeria now.
On people addressing her by her on-screen characters
Absolutely, that happens all the time. I get people calling me 'prayer warrior,' 'pastor,' 'pastor's wife,' 'peace.' It happens. People can actually think that the character you play is you, because they believe it so much.
On Upcoming projects
I have a couple of projects that are scheduled for me to start filming in months to come. One of those is a sci-fi film which I'm really excited about. I can't really give too much away, but it looks like it's going to be a little dramatic.
Also, I completed filming on a romantic comedy titled "Rule Number One." It stars Chinonso Young and Bucci Franklin. It's juicy, it's yummy and I can't wait for people to see it.
On Nigerians being interested in a sci-fi
I think it's wrong to assume that people are just stuck on comedy. The reason why it seems like they are stuck on comedies is because it is a tried and tested road that worked, so producers are playing safe and sticking to it, which is great.
Now, if other genres of films don't really catch Nigerians, it's probably because the story itself is not tied enough. It's the same production quality that we use to do all the other films, so the only difference is 'what is the content of the film?
I think that we are playing it safe with the comedy. I'm sure Nigerians can appreciate a wider range of storylines if they are done properly.
On remaking a popular iconic Nollywood film
I have thought of going into production for myself, probably doing a remake of a film that was iconic when I was growing up.
I haven't actually begun. I'm still acting.
The actress also spoke about her definition of a great movie, the role of marketing in the success of a movie and more interesting topics which can be watched in the video below.
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