People touch my body to know if it’s real —Moyo Lawal

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Background

I come from a warm and loving family. I had a decent upbringing that contributed to who I am today.

Education

I attended Tomobid School, Lagos, for my primary education. For my post-elementary education, I attended Lagos State Model College, Kankon. I studied for a diploma in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management at the Lagos State University, Ojo. After that, I studied Creative Arts at the University of Lagos.

 

Acting

I didn’t set out to become an actress. When I was an undergraduate, a guy told me that I looked 16. He suggested that I attend a reading. I went for the reading and I was picked to play a role in Shallow Waters, which turned out to be the first production I took part in.

Challenges

There are a lot of people on social media who have the wrong perception about me. It is also hard to schedule my time to accommodate family and friends because acting almost always keeps me busy. I have missed a lot of important family events because of this.

Personality

I am an introvert and people also say that I’m funny. If I wasn’t an actress, I would have been a therapist because I love advising people. I’m very good at keeping secrets and whatever you tell me is safe with me. I also sing, and I may still become a singer someday. The bottom line is that I like making people happy.

Personal productions

I have yet to produce a movie and that’s because I’ve been busy moving from one location to another. However, I plan to shoot my own movie/s soon. I can’t recall all the ones that I’ve acted in, but I don’t think I’ve done that much actually. I started acting full-time in 2012, and since then, I have taken several breaks. Some of the TV series I’ve acted in include Binta and Friends, Flatmates, Superstory, Edge of Paradise, Shallow Waters and Tinsel. The first major movie I acted in was Amaka Igwe’s Now We’re Married, where I played the lead role.

Scripts

I like scripts that are completely opposite of my character and which would get me out of my comfort zone. I like playing characters that are daring, out there and wild. Naturally, I’m a very quiet girl and I like to stay in my shell. If people don’t see me as a reserved person, that means I’m doing a good job and the roles I play are convincing enough. A role that I would like to play is that of a mad woman and a fighter in an action movie.

Fans

I’ve had many experiences with fans where people cannot separate my characters in movies from who I really am. I hardly go out, so people don’t get to see the real me. The last one that happened was when a pregnant woman and her husband walked up to me and said they would name their unborn child Najite, which was the name of my character in Husbands of Lagos.

Dream man

The truth is that most of the people who woo me don’t know me; they only know the character they see on TV and that’s what they’re attracted to. I want a man that I will be able to make happy. The person also has to be God-fearing; otherwise, he wouldn’t even come near me in the first place.

I don’t know if I can date or marry an entertainer because you never can tell what God wants for you. As such, I’ve learnt never to say never.

Depression

I was in a really dark place when I uploaded that post on Instagram. It was about me explaining why I had been away for some time and the challenges that I face every now and then. But I’m grateful to God that I was able to conquer it and come out stronger.

Fashion

I used to work out a lot but I think I’ve recently added weight, so I plan to resume my exercise routine soon. Sometimes though, people touch my body to know whether it’s real or not. However, my eyes are my favourite part of my body. I always make sure I wear whatever suits the occasion. My favourite fashion items are my gold bracelet and chain; I rarely take them off.

Relaxation

When I’m not on set, I try to spend time with my family and do some business. By nature, I’m an introvert but because of my job, I’m learning to be more outgoing. A perfect holiday for me would be one where I’m curled up and reading a book.

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