Saturday, 13 April 2013
PRODUCERS OFFER ME JOBS BECAUSE THEY WANT MY SERVICE ON BED -Popular Yoruba Actress, Linda Adedeji
Princess Linda Adedeji is a fast rising Yoruba actress who has done so much for herself. She has been in the industry for a while and her acting prowess is incomparable. She hails from Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State. She is an actress, producer and businesswoman. She is the second child of family of five, three girls and two boys. she grew up with her family in Ekiti-State. The very talented actress is happily married to Prince Aderemi and their union is blessed with a lovely son. In this chat with GBOLAHANADETAYO’S BLOG, the unassuming actress spoke on her lifestyle and career. Enjoy the excerpts: Aside acting, which other vocation you are into? I have a unisex salon not just for celebrities but for everybody including a layman on the street, this is because my prices are affordable and I also manage a paint store for my hubby. How long have you been in the industry? I joined movie industry in 2004 and I quit for a while in 2006 before I later went back in 2010, but all together, I will call it nine years. How many movies have you featured in? I have featured in over 50 movies and I have produced three so far. The first film I produced was “Igbekun-abo” in 2005, the second was ”Alejo” in 2006 and the third one is “OYINKANSOLA” which was released on 28th of Jan 2013.. Which film would you say shot you into the limelight? Well, I will say ‘OROGUN-METTA’, a film produced by veteran Yoruba actress, Faliwerepe. I featured in it with Baba Suwe, it was lovely and funny. Producers and directors started giving me roles to act in their films since the inception of the film. The recent film that gave me another name was OKANRAN, a film produced by Segun Agbelusi. It is very interesting and educating. Why did you choose Yoruba genre instead of English? When I first developed interest in acting, I met Empress Ijamah, I told her about my interest and she introduced me to her brother who is a producer and director. He gave me a role to play in ‘Hostel Girls’ and I interpreted it very well, but at a point, I developed more interest in Yoruba film. How did you join the industry? I was working in a company after my OND when I met Ajoke Asewo Tore Meka, I told her about my interest in Yoruba film but she said she's not based in Lagos and I should be coming to Ibadan for rehearsal after registration, which was difficult for me. She understood my plight and took me to Faliwerepe to register under her caucus which I did and she started taking me to locations. She introduced me to many producers and directors. this was how my acting career started. There is this saying that Yoruba industry is polluted, what do you have to say on that? Yes, the movie industry is polluted generally; it’s not peculiar to Yoruba industry alone. I must tell you the truth, when I first started, the harassment was too much from directors and producers. Like I said earlier, I started with Faliwerepe, I featured in most of all her films, but whenever I wanted to feature in other films by the opposite sex; it's always a problem, I have gone to a location where I was given a major role and after the rehearsal, the producer came to me and said I should co-operate before he would give me the role, I did not understand him at first not until he said it in a lay man's language, I was so sad. I got mad and blasted him by raining curses and abuses on him. I left the location immediately. Later on, I decided to start producing my own film and be my own boss instead of using my precious body to get roles, my talent is inbuilt, so why should someone have a taste of my body before giving me role. I started producing my own movies to help upcoming actresses like myself especially. What is your advice to young actresses? Well, my message to them is that they should be focused on what they want, please don’t allow any producer or director to molest you because of role. I am not saying all of them are bad; there are some good ones who are ready to feature you once you can interpret your role very well. Please, just be patient and be prayerful; with God all things are possible and you will surely get there. How about your Educational background? I had my primary and secondary education in Ekiti State, I also had my OND at Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti before I joined the movie industry. I stopped acting in 2006 to further my education at Lagos State University and to God be the glory, I have B.Sc in Industrial Relation And Personnel Management. How do you relax? I like to relax with my families most especially with my husband and son, my husband has been my backbone. I got married to the best man in the world. I met him after I quit movie industry to further my education and I was not having any intention to go back to film industry because of the stress but he encouraged me to go back since all I do in the house is to act for him and watch movies. I went back in 2010, and there has been no more sexual harassment maybe because they know that I am now married but I give God the glory that everything is working fine for me now. Who are your friends in the film industry? They are all my friends because we are one family, but I am closer to Iyabo Ojo, Funke Akindele, Moji Olaiya, Mistura Asunramu and many more.. Of all the films you have produced, which one is more challenging and why? “OYINKANSOLA” was very challenging because it was three-cast. I wanted to do something strange, new and interesting and I thank God that I achieved it in “OYINKANSOLA’. It is a movie you will like to watch over and over again. You are a beautiful woman how do you cope with male suitors? They keep coming, you know men with their “wahala”. But once I tell them my marital status, they either back out or become platonic friends. Most women in the industry go for male personal assistant, why? I can only speak for myself, I have a male PA because I am comfortable with him than female PA. He’s more active and it’s much easier for me to deal and relate with. That’s my opinion and I can’t speak for others.