Fast-rising actress and movie producer, Omoyeni Haruna may have joined the movie industry quite recently but she has had her fair share of the good and bad moments that have shaped her career.With about five movies to her name, Haruna says she has a lot to offer. She speaks about her career and more in this interview with SEGUN ADEBAYO.
What prepared you for this career as a young girl?
Movie making has been my dream as a child. So growing up everytime I watched a movie I would see myself in a character in that movie. As a teenager, I featured in a movie, entitled ‘Colour of Love’. It was a church member of mine who was in the industry then that called my parents and asked if they could let me feature in a movie; they needed a girl of my age so I went for it and that’s how I made my first appearance in a movie.
How would you describe the journey into full time acting?
Then in 2012 I met Lala in Ife, Osun State. We were friends, so he came to me one day and asked if I could finance a movie he wanted to shoot. He wanted to shoot his movie ‘Omo University’ then, so I financed it and I was part of it and that’s how I made my second appearance in a movie.
Lala was already an established actor in 2012. Why did he ask you to finance his movie?
No, there was nothing more than an ordinary friendship to it. He wanted to shoot a movie and he didn’t have the money so he asked his friend, me. And because I love movie making and I’ve always wanted to go into that industry, so I obliged.
Now let’s talk about your career and what took you to the UK?
If you’re not determined, strong and with a passion for making movie, you will just come into the industry and pull off your shoes and run out of it.
How do you mean?
There are many of dream killers in the movie industry. Should I talk about the people that will collect N2 million from you to package and shoot a movie and then shoot a movie of N500,000 for you? My movie career in Nigeria is just kicking off. I hope and pray to fulfill my dream of becoming a successful movie maker known for making good movies.
How many movies have you produced so far?
So far, I have produced five movies: Hila Hilo, Potato, Iwa won ni Agbeke,Omotoyeni.
We have heard of producers making sexual demands from new actresses to feature them in movies. Did you ever experience such?
I can say it categorically that I have never experienced anything like that. I’ve not featured in many movies and I’ve never gone to meet any producer to beg them to feature me in their movies; maybe that’s why I don’t know.
Let’s talk about your latest movie, Omotoyeni?
It is my latest production and I am very happy with the success recorded so far. The movie is one that every household should buy and keep for a long time becuase of the story you will learn in the movie.
You have the face that makes it easy for you to get jobs. But you need more than a beautiful face to stay relevant in the industry. What are your plans to keep this momentum going?
To be very sincere, I don’t see any beauty as much as people talk about it. It is also not true that your beauty will get you jobs, and even if it gets you roles, the beauty will not interprete the roles for you. Talking about being relevant for a long time, that is really not within my powers; it is not for anyone to decide that but God
But personally, what are your plans for the future?
My vision is to pursue my passion with all my strength, hard work and consistency. There is no plan to quit doing what I love doing, which includes movie-making and story writing. In the next 10 years I want to have a list of good stories and movies produced by me, I want to be referred to as a successful movie maker.
How has is been coping with men’s advances?
To be honest, I really don’t have men disturbing me. I really don’t know of any man anywhere who wants me.
Do you stop men from coming to you or you simply don’t give them chance?
Sincerely speaking, I don’t know of any man trying to approach me. I think maybe because I have not given men access to me. If you don’t have access to someone, no contact, no means of reaching them, then they are not even aware of you.
They say your face unsettles men; is this true?
Well, I’m not aware that I’ve got a face that turns head or unsettles anybody. Anybody whose head get turned should check the head very well. I’m just hearing it for the very first time from you and I’m sure you’re only trying flatter me.
There’s been all sorts of comments online, about your accident and using crutches in all movies. Could you shed more light on this?
The truth is, I have challenges with one of my legs for real. I was involved in an accident that got my left leg badly damaged in 2004.
What kind of accident was that?
It was a bike accident and I was in the hospital for two years. It was God that saved my life.
So you can’t walk without crutches?
I can walk without crutches.
Where were you going on the day it happened?
I had the accident in Lagos and on that day, many hospitals were on strike. They took me to Igbobi General Hospital. When it happened, people thought I had died so they dumped me at the Police Station and ran away. Nobody could ever believe I would survive it.
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