By Ayo Onikoyi
Fast-rising Nollywood actress, Inem Peter knows her onions when it comes to doing her job. And beyond her job, the Akwa Ibom State-born Computer Science graduate also knows how to attract attention and she does this with some damning gusto on social media.
In spite of her outward disposition the curvy actress is an enigma of sort. Showtime Celebrity brings you other side of Inem Peter you never knew.
Can you remember who gave you your first opportunity in the industry?
I really can’t remember and I don’t want to make a mistake by mentioning the wrong name, I don’t want to get in trouble.
Would you say acting has been financially rewarding for you?
Not really, the pay is not really there but then I’m into acting because of my passion for it and not for the financial benefit. The people making it big in the industry are the A-list actors who get paid millions of naira for a job. For upcoming actors like myself, I would say acting is not financially rewarding, I have other things I do.
Do you think you have what it takes to be an A-list actress?
Yes I do. It takes not just talent to be an A-list actor but the grace of God and that grace I know is upon me.
What would you consider the high point of your career?
That will be when I get to the point where I don’t have to introduce myself to anyone. I want to go out and people will recognize me. I want to be known for whom I am, I also want to be known by my name and my face. At that point I will think I have gotten to the height of my career, I can’t wait for that time.
How do you deal with competitions in the industry?
There is competition in every occupation and not just in the movie industry. All I do is try to work on improving my skills. I watch videos and tutorials on how to act better and that reduces the level of competition for me. In a situation where one goes for an audition or casting and the director has about five amazing actresses to pick from to fit into a character, what stands you out is the ability to interpret the character perfectly. By the grace of God I’m not doing badly and I’ve been able to manage competition.
To what extent will you go to get a movie role?
All I do to get roles is to keep connections with people. I call constantly to ask if there is a job for me and all, I just push. I go through the right process; I’m not willing to compromise.
Have you ever been propositioned by a director for sex in exchange for a role?
Yes, it has happened a couple of times, but not anymore. I remembered about three years ago when I newly came into the industry, I had people that come to me telling me they had roles for me and I had to do ‘this and that’ before getting the role but I turned them down. It’s a thing of choice, if you like it, you do it and if you don’t you turn them down, and nobody will kill you for it. However, situations like this happen everywhere and not just in our industry.
How do you get into character for a movie role?
First, I study the script and understand what the character is all about. Also I do research about the character I have to portray, for example, if I’m to play the role of a prostitute, I learn how a prostitute behaves, how they walk, talk and all, and once I get on set I put all that I have learnt to play. I basically put myself in the character’s shoes.
What do you love the most about your job?
I love the craziness about it, in the sense that I get to be a different person from time to time. One time I’m a lawyer and then a thief and something else again
You are in the habit of flaunting your curves on social media, what is the motive behind this?
The pictures I post on social media are not intentional, trust me. Whenever I post a picture, I don’t do it for any ulterior motive. My curves have been there for a long time, how come people are only just noticing it? Social media is a platform for showing off, people come on social media to flaunt money, cars, big houses and all. I don’t have money to show off so I just flaunt my curves (laughs). That’s the idea behind the whole thing, everyone shows off what they have.
Would you say your curves stand you out in the industry?
No, I don’t think my curves stand me out. It is my work that stands me out and sells me, my curves are mere additions.
Are you in love?
No I’m not. I’m single and searching.
Can you date an actor?
If love is involved I think I can consider it but financially I don’t think I would want to date an actor, because they don’t really make much. As much as I can date an actor, I can’t marry one because of the nature of our job. Raising a family will be challenging because we both have to work.
Does that mean love is not as important as money in a relationship?
Love is never enough to make a relationship or marriage work. Money must be available for things to go smoothly, although I’m not saying money is everything and of course love is needed.
Who is your celebrity crush?
I can’t choose just one, I have a thing for cute guys, and so, I will say I have a crush on all the good looking celebrities.
What is the craziest thing a fan has done to you?
The comments that people put up on my pictures on social media are crazy, it’s the worst thing that can happen to anyone. I can’t even bring myself to read such comments most times. These are people who don’t know me and haven’t seen my movies; it’s a whole lot for me, and handling such situation is not easy for me.
Have you ever been tempted to lash out at an unruly fan?
I have been tempted to, several times but I have never done it. There was a time I almost responded because someone said something about me and there was no iota of truth in it, but then I controlled myself. In order to avoid lashing out at people, I stopped reading comments.
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
My name is Inem Peters, I’m from Akwa Ibom state. I was born and brought up in Lagos, I’m the last of six children. I was raised by a single mother because I lost my dad at a young age. I’m a graduate of Computer Science from the Houdegbe North American University.
Why did you choose acting as a career?
Acting is something I’m really comfortable doing, that is the major reason I chose it as a career. I believe when one is choosing a career it should be what they are comfortable doing and whenever they are called to do it, there shouldn’t be reasons for excuses, that’s what acting is for me.
Did you undergo any formal training in acting?
Yes I did, a long time ago. I went to Wale Adenuga’s Pefti in 2009. After Pefti I didn’t do much about acting because in 2010 I gained admission into the University. I didn’t have time for acting all through university days until I returned in 2014.