CELEBRITY GIST — Nollywood bad boy and fashionable actor Jim Iyke has revealed some interesting things about his life, his ‘baby mama’ and his plans for the future, in a new interview with PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA.
Jim Iyke Premium Times Nigeria interview
In this new Premium Times interview, the fashionable actor and University of Jos Philosophy graduate, opened up on things close to his heart, why he is called a bad boy, type of movie roles, fashion sense, plans to marry his baby mama, as well as his latest venture THE ADVENTURER.
Below are excerpts from Jim Iyke Premium Times Nigeria interview:
Jim Iyke on his Movie Career and Nollywood
You have become quite picky about your movie roles of late. Why is this so?
Jim: I just didn’t want to be labeled as just an actor alone. I have so many unfulfilled dreams and I decided that I would outlive them. I am my hardest critic. Everyone is particularly extremely good at one thing in life but while you are comfortable in it, it may not give you the complete financial dependence you need. Nollywood gave birth to my prominence and I will always be grateful. I always come back to Nollywood but I don’t agree with the policies. I have acted with everyone I have always wanted to work with. I have played vast characters. But, when you wake up in the morning and your heart is not beating for what you do, you have to move on until the passion returns. I needed to go find things that would challenge me.
Don’t you miss starring in Nollywood movies all the while?
Jim: I do. Acting is my first love. I still act. I have released three films this year. I starred in Stalker and American Driver which were shot in the United States. I just finished a movie I wrote called, Colour 25.
Do you like the fact that people tagged you ‘Nollywood Bad Boy’?
Jim: It worked for a while but you know this “bad boy” tag comes handy once in a while. It teaches people not to take you for granted.
Jim Iyke on marrying her Baby Mama
Will you eventually marry your baby mama?
Jim: At some point, she meant a lot to me than anyone else. When I meet somebody that understands me, I become blind to every other thing. She used to be the only lady who understood me. She knew when I wanted to be left alone all day to study. I think everything in a relationship is about force now because everyone is trying to impress each other. I have never been interested in impressing people.
Jim Iyke’s affair with Nadia Buari
You and the Ghanaian star, Nadia Buari, used to be an item. Are you still best of friends?
Jim: Things didn’t get messy as people thought. Two people met in the entertainment industry and there was a reality show at a time that kept us together. So, we did a smart thing anybody who found himself or herself in such situation would have done. And when the entertainment was over, we moved on to our normal lives.
For anyone who thought anything extraordinary happened, it was a live show except that it played into our personal lives too. I got what I wanted, which was followership and I appreciate the audience for watching. She understood what she was coming into and I understood as well. We got the mileage we both wanted and we moved on with our lives. Five years down the lane, people are still talking about it.
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Jim Iyke The Fashion Designer
Do you design your outfits all by yourself?
Jim: I design them. I am a very good designer. Another thing people didn’t know is that I took a month off to work in a proper store in Manhattan just to learn the ropes in fashion. I worked from sales boy to supervisor. People come through the store trying to figure out if I was the same popular African actor. I got busted once. The lady kept staring at me and when she figured me out, she walked up to me and said, “did things go that bad? Why are you working here?” I told her you must serve to learn how to lead. I learned that from my dad.
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Jim Iyke’s new venture
What are you working on now?
Jim: I call my new project “The Adventurer”. We want to take people from diverse backgrounds, between the ages of 18 to 35, to an exotic location and away from their comfort zones. We would put them in a room and force them to have a conversation. By the time they come out from the house, they will not be the same again. We may not have N30 million to give them, but we will teach them how to catch fish.
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