Perpetua Obianuju Ukachukwu is a Nigerian Actress and model best known for her lead role in Nigerian teen centered high school Tv and web miniseries, Like Filtered Water Season 1.
In this interview, the Imo state born screen diva and 300 Level student of Department of Theater and film studies, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, talks about her life, career and other things.
AR: What attracted you to begin a career as an actor?
POU: Well I have always loved acting right from time, it was always a means to put myself out there or try my best to show people how I really feel about myself. But I never visualized going into it full time. All I can say right now is; I’m really happy doing what I love the most.
AR: What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
POU: It’s always a challenging fact to bring a script to life. At first you would have to put or visualize yourself as that character and try your best to connect with it.
AR: You played the lead cast in BN MEDIA Film Academy Original series, Like Filtered Water S1. Tell us about the character, what is challenging about it and what do you love most about it?
POU: I played the female lead character “Emerald”. About the character – Emerald Nnaji is a young teenager with a confident and strong will spirit. She stands against any injustice, and fights for her friends amids her past and demons to conquer.
Playing the role as Emerald helped me to see life itself in another perspective and also how to be tactical about things.
AR: What is your strength as an actor?
POU: Being an actor is one of the most competitive professions. You must have natural talent in acting, if not you need to practice. Being able to act with different personalities and to understand that dedication is important.
AR: How do you react when you receive a negative review about a performance?
POU: Getting reviews from performances are really great because it helps you to improve and work on areas that needs more skill sets
A negative review gets me worked up a little bit and ponder on what I did wrong – but I see it as a way to improve and work more to be better next time.
AR: How do you prepare in advance for a role?
PUO: I try my best to be relaxed, clear my head, take deep breaths and consider how to handle obstacles that I am likely to face.
AR: The entertainment industry is said to be full of stress, pressure and difficulty people. Let talk about directors particularly the director of your last film, Like Filtered Water. Describe the experience working with Benneth Nwankwo.
PUO: Working with Benneth Nwankwo is a great one. He could really see potentials in me as an actor. He really know how to be tactical when directing a scene and strive hard to achieve perfection.
AR: How does it feel to be a star?
PUO: As rising star I would say the thought of being a successful actor someday and being able to create a name and platform has always been my dream. Getting people to see how well I can control and grow on fame.
AR: What message would you want to give to your fans?
POU: I would like to say to all my fans out there, thanks for the support and to all my doubters, thank you very much because you guys have also pushed me. I’m learning to accept myself. I’m still in the process of learning to love who I am. And it’s been really refreshing and really nice to be able to do that and be okay.
Lastly, whatever you want to do in this world, it is achievable. The most important thing that I have found out that perhaps you could use, is be passionate and enthusiastic. Thank you