Talented Nollywood actor Bolanle Ninalowo is one of the new sensations rocking the industry. He made his debut in acting few years ago with his own production titled Rebirth and has since featured in a couple of movies where he remarkably plays the role of a bad boy. In an interview with City People Head ,Movie Desk VIVIAN ONUORAH, the good looking actor who was recently nominate for the City People Most Promising Actor awards speaks about his life as an actor.
Can you tell us more about you?
My name is Bolanle Ninalowo. I am from Lagos, native if Ikorodun town. I am the 2nd of 8 children from the same parents. Was born on May 7 and lived the first 15 years of my life in Nigeria after which I relocated to Chicago for another 15 years, and then came back to Nigeria to pursue my dreams as an actor. I studied accounting at Devry University in Chicago for bachelors’ degree and masters in marketing from Keller graduate school of management also in Chicago.
How did you get into acting?
I had always been interested and involved in entertainment activities ever since secondary school and after my graduate degree; I decided to pursue my passion as an actor. I came into Nollywood in 2010, and then I starred in a self produced movie titles rebirth which was premiered across several states in America. After this process, I decided to quit acting for other interests and resumed in July if 2014 which is 4 years after my initial screen appearance.
What inspired you into acting?
I always knew I had some talent as an actor. I was always making monologues of various characters in different movies and all I needed was the opportunity to try, learn and grow in the field. I have been highly inspired by numerous successful Nigerian and other international actors.
How long have you been in the industry?
I have been fully active as an actor in Nollywood for one year now.
How has the journey been?
The journey has been challenging but very interesting and graceful. I have been highly favoured with the various people I have met thus far. In life if you want the benefits of something, u must also want the costs. Every course has its challenges and as long as one us determined and patient, with God, all is possible.
How did you get your first movie role?
I contacted a family member of mines who is also an actress. She is Rukky sanda, and she gave me my first role in her movie titled ‘the search’.
Which movie shot you into limelight?
I would say it’s a movie by Desmond Elliot titled ‘the real deal’ which features other acts likes Ini Edo, mike godson and Lillian Esoro.
Describe your acting experience since you started?
The experience has been very interesting. I am highly blessed and favoured by the most high. By his mighty grace, I have been granted opportunities to work with various producers, directors and renowned actors.
What are the pains and gains of life as an actor?
The gains is to live your dreams and make your passion your pay check but the pain is the long hours, and often times the undesirable conditions in which we work.
Why did you go for acting rather than other professions?
I choose acting over other interests and profession because it was the only thing I have done that has brought me favour and fulfilment.
Asides acting what else do you do?
Well I run a car dealership called fairway motors on western avenue in surulere. I also ran a music record label named Diesel music for a few years which has now been dissolved.
What are the movies you have featured in?
Some of the movies I have shot includes ‘husbands of Lagos, the red card, the real deal, jazz me up, carpe diem, unjustified, the weekend getaway, so in love, just to name a few. I have featured in approximately 50 movies since inception of which most films are yet to be released.
How financially rewarding has it been?
Acting has been fairly rewarding financial wise. I am relatively new in the industry and I expect to grow in due time. I couldn’t say acting as been very profitable financially for me. Like I said earlier, I am a growing actor. One with a lot of grace and promising career, so I try to focus on the now and leave other things to emerge as I progress.
Who are your favourite Nollywood stars?
Some of my favourite Nollywood acts are: Joseph Benjamin, blossom Chukwujekwu, Oc Ukeje, Deyemi Okanlawan, YvonneJegede, Mary Lazarus, Keira Hewatch, and Jim Iyke. Just to name a few.
What are the most challenging roles you have played?
I find the bad boy roles pretty appealing. I tend to be perceived as one so I guess it gives me an advantage. I would find a role of playing the life story of an influential individual challenging as I will have to learn and familiarise myself with the real character.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies are working out, exercising and playing tennis
How do you cope with advances from female fans?
Well I simply thank and appreciate them for the admiration and move on to my imperatives. I try to remain focussed on the prize.
What has been your most embarrassing moment as an actor?
My most embarrassing moment was when I met Genevieve Nnaji on set. I was star struck for a moment and after that, it was all good.
Who are the artistes you have enjoyed working with?
Among the stars I have worked with, I must say I enjoyed working with Desmond Elliot the most. He has been the most supportive thus far. My role models are Genevieve Nnaji and RMD
How do you feel about your recent City People Entertainment Awards nomination?
I feel so honoured and blessed to be nominated for the city people award. It confirms the grace of God on my endeavours. I received the revelation if the year award at the 2010 best if Nollywood awards, I have also been nominated as the best new actor at the upcoming Nollywood Reinvented awards.
What do you attribute your success to?
My success can only be attributed to the grace of God on my hard work, my believe and fight on self discovery