Friday, 28 November 2014

Interview: Actor "Yemi Blaq" Juliet Ibrahim is my kind of woman, My wife knows about my relationship with her

WHAT have you been up to lately?

"I’ve been up to a lot of good works because I have said to myself that the benchmark of my person is quality.

So, at this time and at this point in my career, what I’m basically doing are jobs that are qualitative and definitive of the future of Nollywood. I’ve been trying to establish my own production company. My wife and I are starting a production company known as Applause Entertainment. We promise that we won’t fail in the standards of high quality that people expect from us."

How long have you been married to her?

"We’ve been together for approximately eight years."

Who is your wife?

My wife is Remi Ibinola Olatunji Blaq. To me, she’s the best writer in Nollywood. I’m not saying this with any sense of exaggeration. In prose, poetry, script – she’s amazing. We’re coming together to make sure we take Nollywood by storm.

What is the basis of your assertion that your wife is a good writer?

"My wife wrote ‘The Distance Between’. You can look it up in the archives and it was directed by Izu Ojukwu. It starred myself, Rita Dominic, Mercy Johnson and Kalu Ikeagwu. It was shot in 2007, amazing piece of work.
She’s written works like ‘The Hunting’ for which I won an award in Ireland in 2009 or thereabout. She also has a blogspot. It’s not a statement founded on conjecture or emotional attachment. It’s a statement of fact based on antecedents."

You have a very close relationship with Juliet Ibrahim, how does your wife react to that?

"She’s okay with it. My wife is a professional through and through. When we were shooting ‘The Distance Between’, my wife wrote the script. She wrote my character to have a romantic relationship with both Rita Dominic and Mercy Johnson. She was on set while we were shooting and after doing a kissing scene with Mercy Johnson, my wife called me aside and said “That kiss is not real. You need to make it real”.
She knows that as long as I’m on set, it’s my job and I’m doing the kissing not because I’m enjoying a kiss from a woman, but because it’s the character doing the kissing, not me. If I kiss a girl outside the set, I’ll have a lot of questions to answer. She knows about me and Juliet."

Are you saying you can never cheat on your wife?

"Not at all. I never say never, but in this situation, I’m going to say ‘Never’, because one of the biggest things that destroys the joy in marriage is cheating and distrust. Once you break someone’s trust, you can never get it back. The person can tolerate you and live with you, but never trust you again and that’s something I’ll never play with."

If you weren’t already married, would you have married Juliet; is she your kind of person?

"Yes, she’s my kind of person. She’s smart, dedicated, but it’s a pity I’m not single. It’s a great thing I met my wife first and if you ask me, ‘If I had to do it all over again, would I change anything?’. I’d tell you it’s nice to be with someone with whom everyday is a new day with its own challenges, rewards and beauty. My wife is creative, crazy, lovable and she’s my love."

What else do you do besides acting?

"I’m a voice-over artiste. I’m starting my own production house at the moment. I’m a content developer and a songwriter. I’m going to come out with my first single soon."