The award winning actress and producer, Tamara Eteimo was a guest at the Pulse TV studio where she spoke on her acting career, nudity in Nollywood, losing her brother and her celebrity crush.
Tamara Eteimo Talks Career, Nudity in Nollywood and Losing Brother
"I don't think you have to go nude to seduce a man" - Tamara Eteimo.
The actress became a household name following her win in the 7th edition of the Next Movie Star reality show.
The Bayelsa State born actress has featured in movies like 'Somewhere Down the Line', Dry', Finding Mercy', 'Desperate HouseGirls' 'Cobweb, 'Super Story : Itohan', Mrs Somebody',' A Long Night' and others.
She is currently producing her second movie 'Oyoma'.
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Who is Tamara?
Tamara is an actor, a very young producer, she is business minded. Tamara was a musician.
After my graduating from University of Port Harcourt, I started dancing, from dancing I went to music, and I actually made money from music..
I performed in Crack your Ribs(2009), performed in Rivers State carnival(2009). I performed in quite couple of shows organized by City People in Port Harcourt.
I loved music, Yes, but a first child will always be a first child. It's always been acting and will always be acting.
What Role Has Winning ‘The Next Movie Star’ Played in Your Career?
Before I got into the Next Movie Star, I went to Del York Creative Academy, I studied acting for film and graduated as the best student. That same year, I went into the next movie star house, and by God's grace, I won.
It was a platform for me, because that was all I needed to get into the industry.
Next Movie Star really paved the way for me, I won’t deny that some directors helped me. The likes of Desmond Eliot, Emem Isong, Uche Jombo, Mr Shola Fajobi, these are people I will forever remain grateful to.
What was it Like Producing ‘Somewhere Down The Line’ ?
It was more like taking a bold step, because I was supposed to just act in the movie.
It was really challenging, and me playing dual characters was like talking three people's job.
But I learnt how to be a leader, when there are issues on set, you would have to settle it and not take sides.
It was not easy but I am willing to do it over and over again.
You have Heard About the Term “New and Old Nollywood”, What Do You Have To Say About It?
Nollywood is Nollywood. Hollywood is Hollywood. I belong to Nollywood, I don't know if it is old or new.
The important thing is that we are telling stories and selling our cultures. Why do we have to demarcate the industry?
What is Your Take On Nudity in the Industry?
As actors, we should be able to tell stories realistically, but sometimes some of us over do it. Sometimes when it is not necessary, one will just go nude.
If you want to seduce a man, you don't have to go nude to seduce a man. Most men admire intelligence. When a girl is all dressed up, not nude, and she speaks very well, you trigger the emotions from that man.
Except it has to be told in the story ; I don't think you have to go nude. It must be for a reason.
What Character Would You Be Caught Dead Playing?
(Laughs) I don't think there is any.
Tell Us About Your Dream Character.
I have played a boy, a girlfriend, a doctor. Maybe an assassin or in the army. Something entirely different from what I have done, something tough because I love challenges.
What are Your Memorable Moments as an Actress?
The first one was the Del York moment, when I was announced as the best student, I didn't see that coming. I was really grateful to God. It was more like 'Your Dreams are Coming True'. After that, winning the Next Movie Star, my movie roles and my movie 'Somewhere Down the Line'.
What has been Your Worst Moment in Life?.
When I got the sad news of my brother's news. He was killed in Cyprus, and he was the person that convinced me into entertainment.
Yes it weighed me down, but it made me stronger. It made me know that I have people looking up to me, so I must be focused.
What has Been Your Most Embarrassing Moment?
I went for an event and some girl saw me and she was like "Ah....." ,I didn't recognize her but I didn't want to embarrass her so I was also like "Ah...." and we hugged, and the next thing she was like "Sorry, you are not the one". I was so embarrassed, I couldn't say anything.
Who are Your Role Models in the Industry?
I love Stephanie Linus. I love Rita Dominic, that lady is a fashionista, sometimes I have to flip through her page to see what she is wearing.
Genevieve Nnaji, I can’t imagine anyone who won’t call her name as a role model. She is someone to look up to. The growth in her life is inspiring.
Joke Silva, she is not only a legend, but a mother.
Let me go international, I love Shakira, she is a dancer. Beyonce, she is a diva. Sandra Bullock, but my best is Angelina Jolie.
Who is Your Celebrity Crush?
When I was Young, it was RMD, I always wanted to just act a love scene with him where I have to kiss him. But when I came in to the industry ( laughs) Majid Michel, he is an interpreter, he is amazing…
Sometimes when he acts, I just stare at his lips.
Who is Your Ideal Movie Director?
Desmond Eliot is one fantastic director; he works on the characters to really really interpret their roles. He focuses on not only his pictures but also his actors.
My character in ‘Finding Mercy’, the secret was Desmond. A lot of people say “Tamara, you did well”. It was all Desmond. He stretched and pulled me until he got what he needed. He is one director I am looking forward to working with, not on his movie but mine.
I love Mrs Pat. Ogiri. She is a female director and she pays attention to details. Lots of people might not know her, but she is really good and strong.
Do You Have Plans To Direct?
Laughs… Let me focus on producing first, I just started. It is a gradual step.
What Advice Do You Have for Upcoming Actors?
Be passionate; don’t go into this because your friend is into it. Being passionate means you can take all the bullshit and achieve what you want at the end.
Put God first, be prayerful, don’t be in a hurry, there is always an answer. God will definitely give you an answer.
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