TNS caught up with beautiful Nollywood actress Lilian Esoro. She discusses how she prepares for work, what Nollywood means to her, her most challenging role so far and more.
What led you into acting?
Like I always say, I dabbled into it through a friend. And since then I have never looked back.
How do you prepare for a role when you first get the script?
I read the whole script thoroughly and relate it with day to day activities. I also speak to myself in the mirror as well. Yes I do that. I have to make it believable to myself first before selling it to others.
Which character has been your favourite to play so far in your career and why?
My favorite so far has been the character Ronke I played in a TV series called Taste of Love. It’s totally different from what I’ve played. It stretched me out totally.
What has been your most challenging role so far?
I would say the character Nurse Abigal. Gosh that character is something else.
Is there a role you can never play as an actor? If yes, why?
As an actor you should never say never.
What’s your favourite movie of all time and why?
My favorite of all time still remains Titanic.
If your life were to be made into a movie, what title do you think it’d have and why?
O wow! I haven’t thought about that before though [Laughs]. Emmmmm I’ll say Patience is a Virtue. Because it’s been nothing but God and patience that has brought me this far.
What character in a movie do you wish you played and why?
That would be the character Angelina Jolie played in Salt. I get to learn some athletic moves and also switch characters all in one movie. Ha, every actor’s dream role. [Laughs]
Stage or screen and why?
Wow, that’s kinda hard choosing just one. They are totally different from each other. Stage is an entirely different experience altogether. I love them both.
What is Nollywood to you?
Nollywood is home to me. Its a place where you get to be yourself. Where we all get together and tell the world the true African, Nigerian story. In a dramatic way of course. [Laughs]
What are the things you’d love to change about Nollywood?
There is really nothing I would say I want to change. Things are beginning to take shape gradually.
What do you think of New Nollywood?
I love the idea of bringing up New Nollywood. It is really cool. In the sense that they are now giving we the younger ones the opportunity to be part of a great team. I love the idea so much. It’s like a breath of fresh air.
What would you say to someone who wants to pick up an acting career, especially in Nollywood?
Well the only advice is to keep your head up high. Work hard and pray. Every other thing will fall into place.