Popular Nollywood Actress Patience Ozokwor reveals what people would be surprised to see her doing.
You were involved in radio drama at a point in your career. How does that differ from other forms of drama?
You were also part of a NTA drama titled, Someone Cares. In what ways did that experience impact on your career?
Meanwhile, by the time I took part in the NTA drama, I was a staff member of Radio Nigeria, as a broadcaster and announcer. So, I already knew the rudiments of the profession.
I didn’t even see it as doing something special. I was just doing what I was supposed to do and it came out fine.
You have a rich acting background having traversed various areas of the profession . At what point did you first know that you wanted to become an actress?
The young ones now will tell you to make them stars. Back then, we didn’t know that; we were just doing what we enjoyed.
Can you recall some of the first movies you acted in?
When did you have your breakthrough in Nollywood?
I recall that someone suggested to me to play the role of Authority. The scriptwriter, Neville Ossai, initially wanted his lecturer to play the role. During the audition, we had a break and he saw me. He then insisted that he wanted me to play the part. After my first audition, they called me out again and asked me to act the role with another person. I wondered why that was so. Immediately after my second audition, Neville directed them to put down my name. After that, he went out to cry because he had promised to cast his lecturer for that particular role . When Authority was released, it became an instant blockbuster.
Do you sometimes regret acting ‘wicked’ roles in movies?
However, I wouldn’t like to pass wrong messages to anyone through my movies.
Don’t you feel stereotyped at times?
However, I always strive to strike a balance and I don’t act just one type of role.
Some people feel you are able to act as a wicked mother- in – law so well because you are one in real life. Is that really so?
Nothing can be farther from the truth. I am a simple person who doesn’t like to interfere in other people’s lives.
Sometimes, I cry when I watch some of the movies I acted in. I am nothing like that and you can never see me where wicked acts are being perpetuated. If anybody close to me does something wrong, I will not shield the person. Like I have said several times, I am an actress and every character I have ever played ended on the set.
What advice do you have for aspiring actors?
Many of them, these days, are only in it for the fame and fortune; and that’s not good enough. If you go into acting with the intention of becoming wealthy and famous instantly, you would be highly disappointed. You have to love the craft and put in your best at all times. Continually improve on your talent and never settle for less.
What will Nigerians find surprising to know about you?
I am very soft – hearted and I cry easily. However, I believe in facing whatever is at hand squarely and doing a good job. Even if I will cry later, I could do that in my closet.
How do you like to dress?
I dress simply and comfortably.