BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Popular Yoruba actress, Ronke Odusanya who is popularly known as Flakky Ididowo wrapped up filming a new series in South Africa. She is the lead actress in the new TV series titled Closet. The series was shot in Sandton city, Johannesburg and took about two months to film.
Ronke spoke to Dupe Ayinla-Olasunkanmi of The Nation recently about her experience working on an all-English project and her challenges. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
About the series, how she got the role and what the role entailed, Flakky said,
“It was an English TV drama series. A company in Antony called Total Recall, contacted me on the job and we discussed the project. He forwarded the script to me, which is a large one. I was only able to flip through, I won’t lie to you. He narrated the story and I liked the concept. I played the lead character, Victoria Macaulay, the wife of the deceased Steven Macaulay. The story revolved around my character, a 48 year old woman, who had a daughter in her mid-20s, and a step-son in her mid-30s. It was very challenging and one of its kinds for me. I hadn’t done something like that before. I have featured in some home videos in the past.”
About how it felt to star in a major English movie, she said, “First thing first, I want to address the fact that most people believe that actors who feature in Yoruba movies, can’t speak fluent English.”
“Naturally when people have an opinion about you and you are trying to pass a message across to them through a medium, you will want to put in your best. If you are one who is not confident about yourself, you will probably do what you are not supposed to do; like forming your phonetics or accent.
“Permit me to say, that acting in English movies is not what I do all the time, so if I am trying to do it, which I am not used to doing on set all the time; I only do it once in a while, probably in Yoruba movies and putting just a bit of English. Speaking English all through and shooting close to 1000 scenes, and having to appear in over 800 scenes, you can imagine how large the project was.”
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