Actress, Funmi Awelewa, aka Morili, has said that it’s worrisome that actresses are judged harshly by society.
In an interview with Saturday Beats, she said, “It’s not true that actresses are promiscuous. It’s a function of who one is and what one was engaged in before becoming an actor. If one was wayward before joining the film industry , one would easily continue it and if one isn’t , being an actress wouldn’t automatically make one that way.
“Actresses are always aware of their dealings with the other sex because they don’t want to be trolled on blogs. Our busy schedules don’t permit us to even have time for relationships sometimes. People should stop tagging actresses as bad eggs in society. Actresses are sometimes judged from afar but once you move closer to us, you’d discover that we aren’t bad but just misrepresented by some elements.
“A lot folks can’t do half what some big society ladies do, though there could be some exceptions. People should appreciate what we do as actors due to the risks we face sometimes .”
Morili also said that fame had earned her quite she ever dreamt of though she didn’t have a godfather to rest on when she started acting and producing films. She added, “Acting is well worth the sacrifices that I even have made for it. Acting has made me sit and socialise with great people beyond my imagination.
“When I started acting, I got tons of rejection and discouraging words from people. Some persons even told me that acting wasn’t my calling. I also begged one among my senior colleagues to feature me in his movie but he turned me down and asked for sex.
“I came to Nollywood as a complete stranger. Everything that i’m today is by God’s grace; nobody can take glory for my success. If I relied on the assistance of a godfather, i might n’t be as hard-working as i’m because I would have depended such a lot on the person.
“Many celebrated actors who attained enviable heights did so with the assistance of diligence . However, having godfathers made it easy for a few people.”
The actress also revealed that she learnt her signature Yoruba accent in lyceum after being bullied by her schoolmates. She said, “My thick Yoruba (Ibadan) accent still amazes me because I lived during a good environment in Ibadan. I attended an honest grade school but once I got into a government lyceum , I mingled with people which made me forget where I came from.
“In lyceum , people bullied me tons . it had been due to that distasteful experience that I learnt to combine with people from different backgrounds and that i picked their manners of speech.”
According to Awelewa, having a competitive spirit makes an actor more focused. She added, “As on behalf of me , I don’t see anyone as competition; I just want to be better. it’s good to possess a competitive spirit because it makes one work harder and be more focused. But, don’t turn it into a rivalry. My assignment during this world is different from that of others. that’s why I don’t follow the gang . I even have more fans actually than even on social media because a number of my loyal fans are market women.”