Actress Arinola Odubela is one of the young and promising actors in the present day Yoruba movies scene. She is steadily gaining recognition and deserved praises.
In an exclusive interview with MusicNolly.com she opened up about getting started, her challenges and aspirations in the movie industry.
Read the details of the interview below…
KINDLY TELL US YOUR FAMILY AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND.
My Name is ODUBELA ARINOLA, I am from Ode-Remo, Ogun State, a graduate of the prestigious University of Lagos. I am a very positive person, in every aspect of life. There are many things I like to see, do and experience, I also have a great sense of humor. I am a proud Gemini I was born June, 3. I am the only girl and the last child of my family, I have nine (9) brothers.
WHEN AND HOW DID YOU START ACTING, WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO BE AN ACTOR?
I have always had a very huge passion for acting right from childhood, so I chose to have a career in entertainment because my passion for acting kept on increasing whenever I watch movies on the screen, so I ended up joining Odunfa Theatre Group. My parent were not in support of this decision at first, so I didn’t notify them, it was when they saw me on screen that my brother had to talk to them to let me express my dream, so here I am today.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
My inspiration comes from happenings in the society especially in this present era. I believe that we can use the medium of acting to pass a global message across to people, also I do some of my best thinking in the middle of the night. When I can’t sleep, I would brainstorm and come up with new ideas.
WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE WITH IN YOUR ACTING CAREER?
I want to be rated as one of the best film makers in the industry, I am not after the fame, I am after doing my own quota in impacting the public positively with my movies. I desire to be a role model to the upcoming youths that want to thread this path, on the entertainment field.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT IN THE MOVIE INDUSTRY THAT YOU THINK EVERY ASPIRING ACTOR SHOULD KNOW?
I have learnt to always stay on my lane and to single myself out of the thousands in the industry, it is not pride but I have learnt to carve a niche for myself and just stay neutral.
WHAT ASPECT OF YOUR BACKGROUND OR EDUCATION HAS BEEN MOST HELPFUL TO YOUR CAREER AS A YOUNG ACTRESS AND PRODUCER?
I come from a family that makes education a priority, my parent moulded us all to have self confidence and believe that education is the key to success.
Also, my mother is a prayer warrior and her lectures too has helped my career a lot.
WHAT WERE THE DEFINING MOMENTS FOR YOU WHEN YOU STARTED ACTING?
I would say the priviledge to start working with big wigs in the movie industry at the beginning of my career as an actor. Although I was scared and unsure at first but with God on my side, I was able to overcome the fear.
HAVE YOU WON ANY AWARDS, HONORS OR SPECIAL RECOGNITION AS AN INDIVIDUAL OR ON MOVIES YOU HAVE PRODUCED?
Not yet, but by God’s grace, I can see myself receiving an award very soon because I work hard and I deserve some accolades.
IN AND OUTSIDE THE MOVIE INDUSTRY WHO IS/ARE YOUR MENTOR (S) AND WHY?
I will always mention my co-producer’s name over and over again, Kehinde Olokodana popularly known as Boluwatife. We started producing movies like we were just playing around, infact I was not really passionate about it, but he persuaded me, even when the demons in me wanted to stop me, he made sure we came out with something big and wonderful as students of Odunfa Theatre Group, and till now we still have a strong working relationship, as a matter of fact we are now as close as family.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?
I have not gotten there yet, for now I will say even though the number of movies I have featured in are few, the recognition is increasing, different people walk up to me and tell me I am doing well, that alone gives me joy.
WHAT WERE YOUR MAJOR OBSTACLES AT THE INITIAL STAGE OF YOUR ACTING CAREER?
I will say it is the rampant competition among our female contemporaries, at first I was scared of being intimidated but I believe it is not how far but how well. In time your glory will speak for you.
WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST THING A FAN HAS DONE FOR YOU?
About that, a fan was so excited to see me at the mall one time, as she tried hug me from behind she mistakenly pulled my wig, I was embarrassed. I know that such would happen in the future when am even more popular.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE EFFECT OF NEW MEDIA ON NOLLYWOOD?
It has really been helpful, especially for upcoming actors likes me. It has done a lot of publicity, help spread awareness about Nollywood to the general public.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
I want to become a legend among my peers, I want to impact people’s life positively, I want people to hear my name and smile.
WHAT KIND OF LEGACY DO YOU WANT TO LEAVE?
I want people to remember me and not only talk about my life but the lessons they have learnt from me. I might be very young but I have been independent even before I entered into the university, I hustle hard to make things happen. I want ladies to learn from me that you can build a life for yourself without the help of any man
CAN YOU ACT NUDE?
I can never ever act nude, I can be very outgoing but not to that extent. I have my image to protect and it is a NO for me.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR ASPIRING/ YOUNG ACTORS?
The advice I have for them is to be determined, to take risks in achieving their dreams. Like if you truly have passion for your chosen field, struggle hard to make your dreams come true.
HOW HAS NOLLYWOOD AND ACTING GENERALLY IMPROVED YOUR LIFE AND THAT OF YOUR FANS?
I still remain myself, it doesn’t get into my head because I am aware that I still have a long way to go. I maintain the normal things I do on a daily basis, but the only thing that is a disadvantage is that some market women that recognize me as an actor now sell things for me at expensive rates and call outrageous prices, if I try to negotiate, they would claim, as a celebrity, I should not be concerned about price, as if I am angelina Jolie.
ARE YOU SINGLE?
Yes, I am single
CAN YOU DATE OR MARRY AN ENTERTAINER?
Yes, so far there is love and understanding, what is good for the goose is equally good for the gander.
ARE YOU CRUSHING ON ANY ARTIST?
That is be personal.
WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO THE RAMPANT BREAK UPS AND DIVORCES IN CELEBRITIES’ MARRIAGES?
People are always concerned about us because we are known to the public, even the biggest personalities do have challenges in their relationships. I believe where there is love, trust and understanding, any relationship will work out fine. Any relationship or marriage that will make you loose your joy and happiness is not worth struggling to maintain. It is either you change base or you continue to suffer.
WHAT MOVIE WILL YOU SAY BROUGHT YOU INTO LIMELIGHT?
The movie “Monamona” shot me to limelight, it gave me quick fame and recognition, but I would say my new movie “Anike Pepper” which will be released soon turned the table around. While I was shooting the movie, with the help of social media it went viral and people started calling me Anike pepper. So I would say it is both “Monamona” and “Anike Pepper”
TELL US SOME OF THE MOVIE YOU FEATURED IN AND PRODUCE.
I have featured in Monamona, Boluwatife, DNA, My Job My Way, Atabo and I have produced Anike Pepper, Airotele, In The Dark, Blindfolded and currently working on another project Okunrin Temi; a romantic thriller with loads of lesson to be learnt.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE SEX FOR MOVIE ROLE, HAVE YOU EVER BEEN A VICTIM?
I have never and will never be a victim of such, I work very hard to produce my own movies, infact producing my own movies as really changed my balling, so no producer will want to approach me for such.
Thank you for having me.