Chet Bashari Anekwe is an award winning US based Nigerian actor and theatre practitioner. He has acted in several Nollywood movies such as When One Door Closes, Baby Oku In America, On Bended Knees, Tobi and Paparazzi among others. He speaks about what makes him tick as an actor, his hopes for Nollywood and how he handles lovemaking scenes.
How did you get into acting?
Well I started in theatre which I think is an excellent platform for our industry. You can really hone your skills in theatre. There is nothing like a good theatre production.
What do you look for in a script before committing?
I look for real people in real situations. When I read the script, the characters must ring true for me, like I am reading about real people going through real things rather than character that are plot pushers and are not grounded in realism.
Do you feel that your ‘fine boy, no pimple’ could be a barrier in getting more ‘serious’ and baddie’ kind of roles?
LOL! Well I sincerely hope not! I have played some not so savoury characters; they are always fun to play.
How do you handle kissing and lovemaking scenes?
Professionally. I always make sure I know what my co-star is comfortable. Although, we want to give realism in the scene, you must be sure your fellow actor is comfortable and you both are on the same page.
What is the one thing you would like your fans to know about you?
I always make sure to give all I got between “Action” and “Cut”, no matter what. The work, the work, the work, is the most important thing to me. So any movie you see me in, you can be sure that I will make sure my work is always up to par.
What was the first video you ever bought?
Hmm, Beverly Hill Cop.
What are some changes you would like to see in Nollywood?
There is a synergy happening between all parts of the movie making: producing, technical production, screen writing and acting. That is leading our industry to really good place. I like the direction I see our industry heading towards.
What advice do you have for an upcoming actor?
Hone your craft. Work on your craft. Who you know may get you in the door but your work ethic will keep you in the room.
Interviewed by Isabella Akinseye.