On-the-rise Nollywood diva, Andrianna Adebiyi, may not be a regular face on movie screens, but in her less than five years of acting career, she has been able to carve an enviable niche for herself.
In this exclusive interview with Star Tracker, the Quantity Survey graduate of UNILAG talks about her challenges as a make-belief greenhorn, sex, love and more.
How and when did your acting career begin?
My acting career started as a child in church, I’m not sure of the exact age I was but I participated in a lot of church drama activity and one of the instructors told me I was the best actress amongst the children in the church. Somehow it got into my head and since then I knew I wanted to be an actress, I just didn’t know how to go about it until 2012 when a friend made me accompany her to an acting audition. Andrianna Adebiyi I gladly followed her, as I had nothing doing at home. When I got there I also auditioned, even though it wasn’t planned, I was so nervous. Two months later I got a call from the producers of Squatterz to go for a script reading, and that’s how I got my first acting role.
What’s your fascination with the Nigerian movie industry?
I love the Nigerian movie industry because it tells us about the Nigerian culture. I have learnt a lot about life through Nigerian movies, and I am also happy with the growth in the industry. What stands you out from other actresses? To be honest I don’t know how to answer that question, because I have never compared myself to another Nollywood actress.
How would you assess the level of promiscuity now prevalent in Nollywood?
I have heard rumors of promiscuity in the Nigerian movie industry, but I have never seen it happen. So I can’t speak on it, if I do I’ll just be assuming. What’s your most prized body asset? I have thought about this before, but unfortunately I have never come to a conclusion. I love a lot of things about my body, I can’t pick one part for now.
How have you managed to stay away from scandals?
I have not had a reason to be in one, I hope I never. I basically like to stay away from trouble. Is it true that there is discrimination in Nollywood? I am not aware of discrimination among Nollywood actors, but I know in every industry or organization people have their favorites; you can’t relate with everyone the same way, unfortunately this may be mistaken for discrimination. I am also not saying discrimination does not exist, I am just not aware of it. Have you ever been sexually harassed by a fellow actor, producer or movie director? I have had actors, producers and directors made advances at me but not sexually harassed.
Have you ever been denied a movie role because you refused the producer or director sex?
I have been denied a movie role by a director who made advances at me and I turned him down.
What is your take on nudity and indecent dressing prevalent among actresses?
There’s a saying that goes “dress the way you want to be addressed” I believe everyone has a right to dress as they wish. But if you’re asking about nudity and indecent dressing in a movie, I have nothing against it; it is simply acting and not the actor. The more challenging roles you can pull make you a better actor; but for cultural and religious reasons many limit themselves.
Do you believe a romantic relationship can work without sex?
Yes I do. It depends on the people involved; if they can agree to ‘no sex before marriage’ then why not? People still get married as virgins in these times. So as long as they have an understanding, I believe it’s possible.