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Swallow: Why I agreed to play Rose – Ijeoma Grace Agu [Pulse Interview]


Lately, the actress has made on-line traits for her excellent efficiency in Kunle Afolayan’s newest movie adaptation of Sefi Atta’s ‘Swallow’ the place she performs the character Rose, the formidable roommate of the lead character Tolani Ajao (performed by first-timer Eniola Akimbo).

Pulse lately caught up with Agu on her position within the new Netflix Nigeria authentic the place she talked about working with Afolayan and embodying the position.

What did you do in a different way with Rose that you just really feel you haven’t accomplished in any of the earlier characters that you just’ve performed?

I suppose that would be the setting and the interval the movie was set in. I suppose that was what was totally different. Also not relying in your modern-day converse. The language of at present not counting on that, being acutely aware of that on set with each line you say as a result of they spoke in a different way within the 80’s. I heard to study that and I suppose that’s what was totally different.

This was your first time working with the revered Kunle Afolayan. What was the expertise like?

So I have regarded ahead to working with Kunle for over 10 years and that’s as a result of I respect him as a inventive. I respect him much more as a producer so I had at all times regarded ahead to being in his movie.

Interestingly, I auditioned for ‘October 1’ however I do not converse Yoruba so I misplaced the position. So when he contacted me and requested me to learn the e book, I referred to as him again and mentioned you need me to play Rose proper?

We had a few conferences after that so from get go I knew that he was a director that I may work with. Something that is essential to me as an actor is the truth that I can belief my director and the reverse in return and we had that from day one.

There was such mutual respect and belief for each other and as an actor on set realizing that your director trusts you could carry this character to life. That helps me as an actor anytime any day. Kunle trusted me as an actor and it was straightforward to embody roles.

What notably struck you with the story?

What stood out for me within the e book was how all of us hail feminism, feminist and all that motion however we neglect that there are a few of our moms and aunties in these days who had been these issues however not supported by the system.

Rose believed within the high quality of the human being be you man or girl. It’s humorous trigger I consider the identical factor Rose believes in. Quite a lot of us consider in these issues like I should not be made to do what I don’t desire to do however we’re supported at present by a system enabled by individuals who fought and received over and over.

That stood out for me within the e book that there have been sturdy ladies these days. I contemplate them stronger, warriors, tempo setters to have the opportunity to have such defining voice in that period the place ladies didn’t converse. I discovered that very profound it was a operating theme all via for Rose within the e book and within the movie.

‘Swallow’ premiered on Netflix on October 1, 2021. The movie produced and directed by Afolayan follows the story of a naïve secretary whom, after a collection of profession woes, considers a drug trafficking provide from her roommate.

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