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MIMI ORJIEKWE: I CAN NEVER ACT NUDE

24 Aug 2013

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ACTRESS AND MODEL, MIMI ORJIEKWE IS AN AMAZINGLY BRAINY AND LADY. IN HER MID- TWENTIES, MIMI AS FONDLY ADDRESSED BY FRIENDS AND RELATIVES, HAS LATELY ENJOYED A PHENOMENAL RISE IN NOLLYWOOD. THIS GRADUATE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION HAS FOUND FULFILLMENT IN THE TOWERING WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT. IN A RECENT INTERVIEW WITH LANRE ODUKOYA, MIMI REFLECTS ON HER CAREER, FAMILY AND IDEALS


FORAY INTO SHOWBIZ…
I was a beauty queen. Later, I ran into a movie director who introduced me to Nollywood. After my first movie, I signed off. I only returned last year and it has been good so far. I’ve always had a flair for entertainment and I think it was natural that I gravitated towards it. I am not in it for the money but I need the money anyway because there is money to be made and I need to pay my bills. I love the world of entertainment and I am open to growth and getting more knowledgeable in the business.
MOTIVATION FOR MODELING…
First, I would trace it to my days in the university.  I was always conscious of myself and I emerged the winner of the Miss Business Administration beauty contest then. I had the hunch that I would end up being part of one beauty contest or the other while growing up as a young girl. My height and physique were just right. My passion was further fueled when I was discovered by a certain agent who worked for a modeling agency. I contested the Miss Anambra beauty pageant and I emerged the 3rd runner up. These opportunities also opened doors for me on the movie scene as I got my first movie role after I was discovered at a beauty contest.

MOVIES THAT BROUGHT ME FAME…
I have done series of movies and the first major one I starred in was Royal Madness. I was in that movie with Majid Michelle and Van Vicker. It was the first time I worked with them. They are good people and at a point, Van Vicker was acting like a Chinese. Jim Iyke was also on set and you can imagine the sight on the set of the movie. I got a challenging role and it brought out the best in me. The movie is quite popular and most people don’t even know that I was part of the movie.

HOW I HANDLE OVERTURES FROM MEN…
I never really allowed the attention to get into my head because I had someone managing me then. I was just focused on getting the best out of each contest and I took all compliments in good faith. I also tried to treat everyone I came across as a friend with no strings attached.

CLINCHING MY FIRST MOVIE ROLE…
I was in Ghana to shoot a different film and I ran into the director of the movie. I got to understand that his name is Sallam Bello. He’s one of the biggest marketers in Ghana. He invited me over and said he wanted me to be part of a movie production and that was it. I didn’t plan to be part of the movie and it turned out to be one of the biggest projects I have been part of in recent times.

THESPIANS WHO INSPIRE ME…
I have always admired Angelina Jolie and the role she played in the movie entitled Tomb Raider.  I also love Halle Berry and the sexiness she brings to acting. I also love Genevieve Nnaji and her mode of delivery.

MY MOST ENGAGING MOVIE…
I’ve featured in a whole lot of vastly engaging movies but most of all engaging was in Ghana with director, Frank Raja. It’s called the cheaters and is showing on cinema now.

HANDLING SEXUAL HARASSMENT…
I relate with people the way they should be handled and that to an extent also determines how people relate with me too. I have never been sexually harassed but I hear stories about people being sexually harassed. I have got some overtures from men, but I have handled them maturely. It’s a give and take affair because no one can force me to do what I don’t want to do. It has never stopped me from giving my best on set and ultimately trying to get more movie roles. My aversion to sexual harassment has not diminished my drive. I still have a lot to accomplish and that cannot hold me back.

ACTING NUDE OR NOT…
No! I can’t act nude. I can’t do it for any amount, because I don’t have any reason to do so. I believe I can pass on my message without necessarily going nude. Besides, I choose to act movies and not porn. I wonder why a professional actor or actress would accept a huge sum of money and sell out. I can’t expose my body. Not for fame or fortune. I don’t believe exposing all will get me to the top and for me, sex doesn’t sell.

ABOUT MARRIAGE…
Of course I am going to get married and have kids. I want to have beautiful kids so I intend to marry a cute guy. I don’t know when, but in God’s time I will.

ACTING IS LUCRATIVE…
First, I will give God the glory. It’s worth the effort and yes it pays my bills. You will reap what you sow in the long run and in everything you do; you need sacrifice to get the best. I just have to work hard and be determined and with faith I know I will definitely make it to the top in the end.

MY KIND OF MOVIE…
I would definitely like to be part of an action movie. That’s why I really like Angelina Jolie for the role she plays in most of her movies, especially Tomb Raider and Mr. and Mrs. I’d like to work with her someday if that’s possible. I am going to be part of an action film that will be out very soon.

PLANS TO BECOME A MOVIE PRODUCER…
Yes, I have that in mind. I want to own a production studio and I also hope to learn more about movie making. I may even get a degree in film making in the future. I just don’t want to stop at being an actress; I want to learn more and earn more money from the movie industry.

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES…
I don’t have a different story because I grew up like every other girl. It wasn’t bad. Things were good though. Being the only daughter, I was always the focus of my parents and they pampered me a lot too. I’m the third child, the only daughter of my parents and I have three brothers.  I got it all and I couldn’t have asked for a better family. Being the only daughter doesn’t mean I’m a spoilt child. My parents monitored me and they are still monitoring me to make sure I get the best in life. What I can vividly recall was my time in the boarding house.  I had my secondary education at Holy Rosary College. I used to get loads of provisions for school way back then. During vacation, I always relished the opportunity to be at home. Even when I was in the university, I lived on the campus. I have been living with my mum ever since I graduated from university and I am mostly in Lagos or in the East when I am needed on set.

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