My Perception Of Lovemaking And Sex -Uche Iwuanyanwu

Uche Iwuanyanwu is an extremely beautiful and curvy Nollywood actress. She is most known for her role in the Ghanaian hit movie Cheaters. The voluptuous fast-rising star who recently shot her latest movie titled Second Honeymoon, alongside In this revealing interview, the sexy actress talks about her flourishing career, love life, and more.

When did you start acting?
I started acting partially in 2009 and fully in 2012. In 2009, I was doing movies alongside schooling.

How has your career been so far?
So far it’s been good, it’s been wonderful and I’m enjoying every bit of it. Since I finished school, I’m getting more jobs than I was when I was in school.

Which school did you attend?
I went to University Of Jos. I have a diploma in Mass communication and a Bsc in Economics.

How many movies have you done so far?
I think I’ve done over 25 to 30 movies.

Which is your latest movie?
Reverend Sister Ibu is the latest movie that is making waves in the market. I acted alongside Mr Ibu and Ruth Kadiri. It was a sub lead but it was a good character. I have two others coming out soon; Birthday Bash directed by Desmond Elliot and Second Honeymoon with Alex Ekubo.

Which is your most successful movie so far?
Definitely, I would pick the one I just finished now; Second Honeymoon. It’s not out though but looking at where the movie has gone so far after the shoot, I think it’s going to go really far, so I picture it as my best and most successful.

What was it like acting with Alex Ekubo?
Acting with Alex was actually very good; I played the character where I was his wife. It was fantastic on set, it was good, it was interesting and I enjoyed every bit of it.

Did you have any challenging moment in the industry?
I do have some challenging moments. For example, you go for an audition and then you’re picked for the role and after a while, you don’t get any call from the people and you start wondering what’s happening? You know you performed very well at the audition but you don’t get called back and then you just keep wondering. So there have been ups and downs but so far so good. We thank God.

Can you describe yourself in three words?
I’m smart, sexy and very romantic
When is your Second Honeymoon movie coming out?
Give it two-three months, the movie should be out. But I want my fans to actually go and watch Reverend Sister Ibu, it’s my first comedy and it’s hilarious. It’s something that shows me from a different perspective.

Which actor do you have a crush on in Nollywood?
I don’t have a crush on any actor or actress. I only have my role models and they are Joke Silva, Genevieve Nnaji and Uncle Olu Jacobs. These are people I love and I respect so much.

Can you date an actor you’ve worked with before?
I can’t, because it is not professional. You don’t mix business with pleasure; it’s unethical so I wouldn’t want to date anybody that I’m in the same career with.

What qualities do you look out for in a man?
He must be God-fearing, he must be very romantic, he must be caring, loving and he should understand my job. You don’t have to give me flowers, you don’t have to buy me limousine or Range Rover even though I need those stuffs, but you should be very caring.

When did you notice the acting thing in you?
When I was a teenager in Church, I was in a teenage drama group and then we used to put up some drama together. I’ve always loved acting as a young person; I’ve always loved to just stand in front of the mirror and just act like someone else.
It’s something I’ve always loved to do since I was a child. Along the line, I finished Secondary School and I just found out that it’s something that could put food on my table. Although I went to school but I still loved acting and I chose to do acting over living as an economist.

How many are you in your family?
We are six, three boys and three girls. I am the third child.

As an actress, can you have sex in a movie?
It depends on your interpretation of acting sex because as an actor, what you need to do is to understand your job first, understand the script that has been given to you and then interpret it properly for viewers to watch and understand.
If I get a script that’s a sexual script, it doesn’t mean I have to make love in front of the camera, I just need to act. For the fact that I’ve accepted a script, it means I should be able to do the job but I’m not saying I would go nude in front of the camera.
I’m saying I would want to be professional about my job. If I get a script and I have to go nude, I don’t have to take jobs like that, I can take jobs that are decent because this is Africa and we respect our bodies so much, so nothing would make me go completely nude or act porn.

But can you do a depiction of sex?
If you want me to do a romantic scene, of course, yes. That’s why I said it’s a matter of choice, you see your scripts before you go on set, it’s not like you just get on set and they give you a script ‘Undress’. It’s a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ thing. People choose to go on set and decide to go nude for a reason while others do not go nude for a reason.
It doesn’t mean that the person who has gone nude on TV is worse than the person who hasn’t gone nude and it doesn’t mean that the person who hasn’t gone nude is more righteous than the person that has gone nude; it’s just a matter of choice.

If they give you a script that says you should go nude, would you turn it down?
Of course, I won’t do it.

Can you do a kissing scene in a movie?
I’ve done lots of kissing scenes, that’s being professional. There’s no emotion or strings attached to it.

How do you view sex off camera?
There’s a difference between sex and lovemaking. I see sex as an activity that goes on between a man and a woman. If you’re married then its lovemaking. If you’re single then its adultery, if you’re a married man sleeping with a single girl then its adultery, if you’re a married woman sleeping with a single man, that’s fornication. It’s a matter of choice; it’s what people want to do. It doesn’t mean that I’m more righteous than people that are having sex and stuff; it’s just a personal choice. Personally, I think sex is just an activity that goes on between two people, two people that are willing to have sex. Sex is spiritual to me; that’s what I think. To other people it might not be, but to me, it’s very spiritual. If I have to go into sex, it has to be with the right person because spirits are actually transferable through sex.

What has been the high point of your career?
I just got nominated for an award in Best of Nollywood (BON) as the ‘Revelation of the Year’, so to me; I think that’s a good starting point for someone that has just started. It means that your work is being appreciated out there. Sometimes you really don’t get this recognition except you’re really doing something different from the other person, so I’m very grateful to God and I pray I win the award. The award is actually holding on my birthday, October 11th in Portharcourt.

You said you used to get Ghanaian roles before. Have you started getting Nigerian jobs?
Yeah, now I do more of Nigerian films. Since I got back after I shot the movie Cheaters that was in the cinema for a while, I’ve been doing more Nigerian jobs and they’ve been good. I’ve done Reverend Sister Ibu, Birthday Bash, Second Honeymoon and I’ve done one other movie, Double Standard.

What’s your view of Nollywood now?
We’ve gone so high; we’re like number 2 in the World now in terms of outputs. You cannot compare Nollywood now to four years ago. I’m not saying there are no drawbacks but what I’m saying is, so far so good, they’ve done better movies; we’ve seen better cinema movies that are recognized internationally.

How do you see injection of obscene scenes into Nollywood movies?
Sometimes when you see people accept scripts like that, it’s because that’s what the market and the society want to see. You will be shocked to find out that most people when they go to the market, what they ask for are: ‘Wetin be the latest sex movie now?’ How many people want to watch educative movies? How many people want to watch movies that would make them know there’s God? A lot of people don’t care.

So, what you’re saying now is that people go for the raunchy films?
Some people do. If people don’t buy those movies, they wouldn’t be doing them. Haven’t you thought about that before? The reason why they still do them is because people buy the movies, people are always out there waiting for them to come out. If it’s flooding the market, it’s because people are demanding for them. It’s when you ask for something that you get it in excess.

You said you can never go nude; can you wear a bikini or something like that?
Yeah, I can improvise, that’s why it’s a character. I would shoot anything that has to do with decency in a movie but I won’t go nude. I’ve done a movie before that I was supposed to go semi nude but I improvised and I wore something else; I wore a bra and bum shorts. It doesn’t mean that because I’ve done that movie I don’t know what I’m doing. Of course, I know where I’m going to but I would rather improvise than go nude completely for a role; no matter how much I’m being paid.

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