Young and industrious model cum actress Jessica Anselm seems not perturbed by the myriad of challenges that she has been faced with on the scene as she seeks to secure her pride of place on the entertainment scene. She tells her story in this interview with AHMED BOULOR.
HOW do you intend to stand-out in the very tough movie scene in Nigeria?
I can always do my best, and I believe with a devoted mind I can stand-out in the very tough movie scene here in the Nigeria. I am not scared of challenges as I always ensure that I give my best whenever I am on set.
What inspired you into modeling and acting?
Modeling is something I have always loved doing; it is in my genes and besides it brings out the beauty that I feel inside. Acting has always been my long term dream too and I usually feel a flush of fulfillment whenever I am on set.
Are your parents in support of your career as a model and an actress?
They are because they know it’s something I have great passion for. They initially had their reservations when I started but they love me and they respect my feelings. They now love what I do; I guess they’ve realized entertainment makes me happy and they’ve been able to accept that fact. They now play a supervisory role; they ensure that I don’t go astray and I don’t get carried away.
Are you in any relationship at the moment?
No; I am not in any relationship for now; I am just taking my time until the lucky man comes around.
What kind of person are you really?
I am just like an open book; I am down to earth, friendly, trustworthy and responsible.
Are you drawn to other forms of art?
Aside acting and maybe singing in my bathroom; I don’t really think I am very good at other forms of art. I am not a very good dancer but I can shake my back side (smiles).
At what point in your life did you actually discover you could attempt being a model and an actress?
It has been a long time I realized I could do both. It’s been in me and it dawned on me at age 9.
So what has it been like combining acting and modeling?
It has been stressful I must say but am loving it; it gets interesting when I am being called up for jobs on both sides. It trills me because it is what I love doing.
Do you have fond memories of your time growing up as a child?
I was fond of high shoes and short dresses while growing up as a child. Growing up was really fun! Back then, all I had to worry about was just to come home at the end of each school term with good grades. You dare not come home with bad grades because my folks will really be mad. I was always doing all I could to score good grades in school in order not to incur the wrath of my folks.
What really made you plunge into modeling and acting; was it for the money or fame?
Like I said earlier, I derive pleasure from acting and modeling. It is not about the money or fame; it’s about the passion and love for what I do.
What are the major ingredients required for you to accept or fall in love with a movie script?
I love a challenging and inspiring script; I really love scripts that are creative with good story lines. I love characters that are challenging and scripts that are different from the usual. It should be different from the last one I did and the story has to make a whole lot of sense to me. My character has to be a strong one too.
How daring can you get on set?
I can be as daring as required because I love adventure. It brings out the best in me.
What does style and fashion mean to you?
That’s a good one; style to me is an expression and being elegant. You have to be stylish to stand out. Fashion on the other hand is looking as good as possible whenever you emerge in public or at functions.
How do you handle advances from male admirers?
Wow, I get a lot I won’t lie about that but my friendliness helps me a lot. I turn them off playfully and it’s easier when it involves a matured and understanding person.
What is the craziest thing done to you by a male?
Ah! That’s personal… You know how overzealous guys can get at times but I try to handle every situation with maturity.
Tell us one naughty thing you have done……
Ahhhh!!! You bring back old memories with that question. I used to steal meat from my mum’s pot at night but that was when I was a kid.
What is your biggest dream right now?
My biggest dream is moving on to greater heights in my field of endeavour. My biggest dream right now is to further make a head way in my modeling and acting career. I know it is not going to be easy but I am ready to make my own mark and I pray God helps my ambition.
As a young actress in the industry, would you say it has been worth the while venturing into the world of make-believe?
Yes! It has been worth the while. At least it has positively engaged scores of young actors who are also gradually making a name for themselves. For me it has been worth the while and I look forward to greater things in the near future.
When eventually you retire, what would you like to be remembered for?
I would like to be remembered as one who made a mark in the industry. I would also like to be remembered as one who is quite enthusiastic and passionate about what she does.
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