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Carol King: Playing Salacious Role Not Cumbersome

27 Apr 2013

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Actress, Carol King debuted on the big screen last Friday with a riveting outing in the movie, The Gods Are Still Not To Blame produced and directed by Funke Fayoyin. Her ingenuity in the epic drama once again endeared her to a host of fans. LANRE ODUKOYA talks to the enchanting actress

HOW IT ALL BEGAN…
Well, I’ve always loved acting from as far as I can remember. Whenever there was a play to be staged in the school, I was a natural choice for my teachers and I loved it. But I got into it professionally by accident. If we are talking about stage, it came much later after I’d done radio and television. The first stage play I did was titled Riders on The Tomb but I cannot remember the name of the character I played. I can only remember that she was a British returnee which was quite fun for me then. Professionally, my first stage production was the V-Monologue versus Tarzan Monologue.

BEFORE ACTING…
I was more or less a home keeper. I was taking care of my family and was involved in buying and selling of Indonesian fabrics until acting came along. So, that was basically what I was doing.

THE GODS ARE STILL NOT TO BLAME…
Let me first of all say thank you for the compliments that people have given since they saw the premiere of the movie. My outing in The Gods Are Still Not To Blame means a great deal. First, it’s my debut cinema release. Secondly, the role I played in it gave me an opportunity to show producers and directors my versatility. Over the years, I’ve become encumbered because I felt like I’ve been stereotyped with any role that has to do with ‘good mother’ and I really don’t like it.

PLAYING EROTIC ROLE WITH A YOUNGER ACT…
I didn’t it find it cumbersome since I was working with a director who was of the same mind with me which is portraying ‘intimacy’ rather than cheap eroticism. They are two different things. The movie had enough substance in it and didn’t need blatant soft porn to sell it. I am passionate about making any character I play believable so I was comfortable portraying the kind of headiness that comes with new romance.

HOW MY FAMILY REACTED TO THE
ROMANTIC ROLE…
My husband is my first critic and he knows and trusts me enough to know that I will not do anything under the guise of practicing my artistry to embarrass him, our children or our extended family. If you were there on the day of the premiere, you would have noticed that my husband and children were there as well as my family members and in-laws. They are very proud of me and I bless God for giving me such a supportive family.

MY VOICE UNIQUENESS AND
SPONTANEITY…
First and foremost, whatever attributes I have are God’s doing. He deserves the glory. I did get some good training as per how to use my voice to convey emotions during radio productions which is actually where my acting professionally started from. As per spontaneity, I will say I have been privileged to work with gifted actors, as you know, acting is all about ‘give and take’ so, when the person you are playing with throws it well at you, you just pick it and throw it back so to say.

JUGGLING ACTING WITH OTHER THINGS…
Man by default is multi-talented. No, I will not drop other things I do for acting rather I will do them all and excel in them by God’s Grace. I will love to write books, expand and increase my work of charity etc.

BETWEEN NOLLYWOOD AND YORUBA MOVIES…
I am Yoruba by marriage because my husband is an Isale Eko man. Also, I more or less grew up in Lagos hence my ability to speak Yoruba language well. Are the Yoruba movies makers not part of Nollywood? I have acted in some Yoruba movies before now, e.g. Pasito Dehinde. If the story appeals to me whether it’s in English or Yoruba, you can be assured that I will do it.
I believe God’s time is always the best and HE makes all things beautiful in His own time. People who are close to me know that one of my favorite verses in the Bible is ‘except the Lord builds a house, the labourer labours in vain’. My prayer is that I never at any point start to think that I can do it by myself. Big screen came when it was supposed to.

PEOPLE I LOVE TO WATCH IN MOVIES…
Oh many actually. Bimbo Manuel, Patience Ozokwor, Gabriel Afolayan, O.C Ukeje, Kate Henshaw, Baba Wande, Dakore Akande to mention just a few. They are a pleasure to watch any day because they make the characters they play come to life and very believable. You can feel their passion shine through their artistry.

ROLES I WOULD DECLINE…
I am of the opinion that any art form should be informative, educative and transformative. So, if the role am being asked to play does not encapsulate these, I will decline.

WHAT I WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY IN LIFE…
I really can’t say what I would have done differently. If you had asked me this question several years back, I probably will reel out a list of things but with hindsight and maturity, I have come to the realization that all the experiences whether good or bad were necessary and God allowed them for a reason. So, I am good and expectant of all that HE has in store for my future.

MY CHILDHOOD…
I had a very interesting childhood. I am the first child and my family was large. I have six siblings; so you can imagine there was never a dull moment. My father was a policeman. So, we more or less have lived in almost all parts of the nation. It was exciting I tell you. Even today, when my siblings and I get together, hey, it’s gist galore all the way and our children are amazed at all we got up to.

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