Premium Times (Abuja)

25 February 2013

Nigeria: Omotola Features in American Series, Bounce

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Actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde.

There is no stopping Nollywood actress and singer, Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde. Barely a few weeks after she celebrated her 35th birthday in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, Omosexy as she is fondly called, has made her debut in an American television drama series, Bounce.

The actress confirmed the news via her Twitter handle, @realomosexy, saying, "Just had the most funtime on set with @ikimberlyelise. Beautiful soul...GirlsRock #on set with beautiful method actor...God is good..#paramount #hollywood onset...." She attached some location pictures of herself and Kimberley Elise on instagram via her twitterhandle @realomosexy.

The series, already in production and shot in Los Angeles, will see Omotola star alongside some of America's television and movie stars like Kimberly Elise, Dean Cain, Charlotte Ross, Bernie Kopell, Eric Stoltz, and music star, Akon.

The drama is a VH1 cable network series written and created by James LaRosa. It is directed by Sanaa Hamri and has Maggie Malina as executive producer.

The story revolves around the Los Angeles Devil Girls, a pre-eminent dance team in professional basketball. The series follows the lives of the dancers especially Ahsha (Taylor Paige) who joins the dance team and is unaware of the treachery and temptation that comes with it.

"Bounce has all the elements we know VH1 viewers love; a world very much on the pop culture radar, an incredible cast and compelling, addictive storytelling. These are all set against a glamorous backdrop where amazing dance numbers organically break out as part of the story. We wanted to create a scripted series at VH1 in which music is a strong narrative force, and we have found that with Bounce," said Jeff Olde, VH1's Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Production, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Although Omotola' role has not been revealed, it is said that the Nollywood star will play a significant role in the drama series judging by the actress' talent mix of singing, dancing and acting. Her role will also be buoyed by the excitement shown by the series creator, LaRosa.

"Humbled to have the @realomosexy make her US TV debut on Bounce. Africa in the house!" he tweeted.

Omotola has earned top billing spot in Africa's movie circuit with her sexiness, talents and charisma. She notched more respect when she became first Nigerian actress to have a reality show about her person screened across the continent.

The show, 'Omotola: The Real Me,' debuted on MNet's AfricaMagic in December 2012.

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