Award winning actress, Doris Simeon had a chat with the Yes International! magazine. She discussed her job as an actress and producer and Nollywood in general.
Read the interview below…
Why are many actors and actresses going into producing movies? Is it because they are not getting roles or is producing more rewarding?
Maybe the English actors or actresses are the ones you would say just ventured into producing, because the Yoruba actresses had been producing way back. As practitioners, we criticize some works that we do, so we decided to set an example and show how it is done. That’s it; not getting any role.
Some actress in the industry have NGOs or pet projects as a means of giving back to the society, do you have or intend to have any?
I have a group, I will not call it a foundation and my passion is young widows and street kids who are victims of rape. I have my friends. Sometimes, maybe on my birthday, we try to do something to touch lives. I don’t make noise about it so that tomorrow people will not be like, what happened to that your foundation?
What can you say about the promiscuous impression the society has about actress and female entertainers?
I will say that the impression is wrong and it’s a big lie. But it’s a free world and if you want to, you will. It’s a thing of choice. But that doesn’t mean that the whole women in the industry sleep around, and that’s why they are not getting married. There are so many people out there who live their lives the way they want. How many do you hear about? But because we are the faces out there, everybody believes that we don’t have a private life anymore and everything that happens in our lives, they have to know about it. As if they knew when you were born. It’s just one of the things we face for being actresses.
An actress told me that actresses don’t make so much money and that contradicts what they depict on the social media. What can you say about that?
I would say maybe because of piracy, that is why she said that. We don’t have a fixed price. When you are contracted for a job, you negotiate, if you agree, you do it. You don’t have people competing in the industry.