interviewBy Samuel Abulude
Susan Peters, model and Nollywood actress speaks to SAMUEL ABULUDE on what she has been up to lately and why she is not yet fulfilled even after being in the industry for a decade
She is one of those that have added finesse and glamour to the Nollywood industry. Susan Peters is a beautiful lady who knows her onions and keeps getting better in her numerous performances on the screen since 2002 when she graduated at a television and film school.
The gorgeous lady known to be one of the most stylish actresses in the movie industry has not rested on her oars and dreams to be a reference point in Nollywood.
On October 20, 2012, she was voted as the best supporting actress in far away Texas in the United States in an inaugural award ceremony. Feeling elated, the sultry actress said she was overwhelmed for given such an international honour.
"I recently won the Golden Icon Academy and Movie Awards GIAMA for best supporting actress in Diaspora for the movie, "The Entrapped." I feel overwhelmed for being recognized internationally and hope to get a lot of job opportunities in the future.
This is not my first international award, I was voted as the best actress at the Afro-Hollywood award last year. The feeling then was indescribable. It means that I am doing something right, and my family, friends and fans support me a lot. I am very grateful to them because they are the reason why I am where I am today. I always pray that God blesses them for the support", She said.
Recently, the Benue-born thespian, urged by her milk of kindness to give back to society, she adopted a baby girl from Ogun State under the auspices of her outfit, Susan Peters Foundation. She shed more light on this.
"Yes, it is true that I adopted a baby and I'm now a mother. It's a baby girl which we felt needed help, so my foundation Benue Pikin Susan Peters Foundation (SPF) decided to adopt her. On what the future portends on SPF, We are working with our instincts. We will continue to do our charity work in the next place God leads us.
Susan who has been on holidays of recent would not disclose much on the movies that her fans should look out for. When asked about what's next for Susan Peters, this was her response, "Though, I have been on holidays, I also did some interviews abroad and made some contacts with my management for possible jobs abroad. There are a lot of projects coming on board. So keep your fingers crossed as it unfolds itself. I plan to produce my own movie too by God's grace but the time has just got to be right for me, not because my colleagues are also producing theirs."
Susan Peters had her first taste of Nollywood in 2002 and the thespian who grew up in Kaduna under the eyes of a military father said that part of the challenges she faced was that the industry was kind of slow and it was not easy getting roles as one has to turn up for auditions upon auditions but luck finally smiled on her when she featured in a movie titled "Wasted Effort" directed by Andy Amenechi. That was what was needed to launch her movie career as she went on to star in other flicks namely, "The Hammer," "Songs of Sorrow" and "11 days and 11 Nights."
However, it took seven years for her hard work and diligence to pay off as she recorded her best movie so far, "Bursting Out", which according to the sexy actress, is her most memorable flick. The movie directed by Daniel Ademinokan and Desmond Elliot also featured great acts like Michel Majid, Genevieve Nnaji, OmoniOboli and Desmond Elliot.
"The movie industry was kind of slow when I began my career and you don't get roles quickly because the competition is high but in the midst of all, I broke through. I am still happy, Thank God. Talking about my most memorable movies, I have so many movies that bring sweet memories to me. The ones I will single out as my most memorable are "Sound of Poverty" and "Busting out." I have also done drama series like "Us" and "Disclosure."
My role in the "Us" drama series was a young girl who was in love with a young man but who never had time for her and she was having issues with the guy's family. My role in "Disclosure" was a prim and proper young woman who feels she is always right but has also her own flaws. Now the movie industry has grown and we do a lot more of good movies, story lines and good directing.
Furthermore, we now work with Hollywood actors. So hopefully we intend to be in the Oscar's soon winning an award. For the first time there is a woman who is the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) national president, Ibinabo Fiberesima. So I expect changes that will move Nollywood forward", she said
In her ten years of being in Nollywood, Is she fulfilled? She responded, "Not yet! I thank God from where I started from and where I am now but I still want to attain greater heights. I have a lot of role models which I call my senior colleagues in Nollywood. Angeline Jolie, Gabriele Union and CharlizeTheron are my international role models."
Reminiscing on her growing up days in Kaduna, she said that the culture in the north those days forbade her from dressing in stylish outfit but she somewhat got her freedom courtesy of Nollywood and this brought the latent skill in her out, transforming her into a style icon. She got rewarded for this at the City People 2012 Beauty and Fashion Awards when she was adjudged as the Most Stylish Actress.
"Growing up in Kaduna was kind of quiet, with my siblings, mom and dad. You don't havet to dress in stylish outfits, you have to cover up always because of the northern culture. On being a fashionable person, I agree with being a fashion icon even before I joined the industry. Only that now, my style is more classy, elegant and comfortable with whatever I am wearing, but above all, standing out in the crowd, always.
For my beauty routine, I drink a lot of water; use a lot of moisturizers and facial washes. I eat and sleep well. I do a bit of exercise. My favourite holiday spot is Nice in France", says the mother of one.
Being in the spotlight also comes with its distractions and for Susan; she seemed to have managed this properly as she has not been linked to a major scandal, how has she waded through?
"All through my ten years in Nollywood, I think I have minded my business and let my work speak for me. I have also focused on my career and tried to build a brand my fans will identify with. I always try to be polite with my male fans even those that want to go beyond the limit, but my true fans don't take advantage of me."
Finally, Susan Peters described herself as a charming, friendly, caring and open-minded person.