Nollywood actress Mercy Macjoe, in this tell-it-all interview has opened up on her opinion about actresses who sleep with producers to get roles in movies.
The actress believes that once an actress begins her career with sleeping with a producer, there is the tendency that it will continue and if her career might end if she makes any attempt to stop the act.
Read excerpts from the interview with ThePunch below:
On her Background:
I was born and raised in Lagos. I am the sixth child and I am from Akwa Ibom State. I have a few childhood memories but there is nothing remarkable about it. I was not born with a silver spoon but my mother, siblings and I had to work our way through and now I am here. I had trust issues growing up but I am working on that now.
I am currently studying Mass Communication at the National Open University for my second degree.
I was given my first opportunity in the industry by Grace Movie and the title of the film is, The Lonely Princess. I was nervous the first time I was on set and I believe most actors can relate to that. However, I had people around who encouraged me.
So far, I have featured in many movies but the film that brought me to the limelight was actually a low-budget movie titled, Sugar Pot. Some of the movies I have featured in includeMidnight Crew, Zenith of Love, Shame, Madalene, Bread of Life, Girl Next Doorand Flaws. I love being an actress because it gives me the opportunity to express another person’s emotion.
My mum was in full support of my career and she was the one that encouraged me to go for talent competitions. She also gave me money for transportation to auditions. She has always been supportive.
When I came into the movie industry newly, there were so many challenges. There was the challenge of building my brand. I also faced the challenge of trying to do movies in order to show people that I have the talent.
As an actor, there are so many sacrifices you have to make such as your time, energy, relationships and privacy. It is very difficult for a successful actress to be in a serious relationship with a man that does not understand her job.
Also, you always have to seek opportunity because it is only when you are given the opportunity to showcase your talent that people acknowledge it. The job takes a whole lot from you. You can’t start acting this week and expect to be a star the next month. You have to put in a lot of hard work to get to the point you want to be.
The issue of sexual harassment is everywhere and it is not peculiar to the movie industry. I feel that it (sex) should be a mutual agreement. If a producer wants to sleep with you, it is your business what you do. It is either you accept it or you don’t.
A lot of ladies say that certain producers tell them about sex and I tell them that in the industry, you finish with whatever you start with. In other words, if you started sleeping with producers from the time you came into the industry, it will be difficult to stop because the moment you stop, your career dies.
How true is Mercy’s assertion?
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