Iretiola Doyle can burn up a screen with her smoldering gaze. One carefully directed look from her is enough to make even the strongest of characters melt into insignificance. From her early roles in the romantic comedy, All about Ere to more recent top notch dramatic turns in Torn, from stage to television, producing to presenting, the name Ireti Doyle has always been associated with quality work. We lift the veil on the very private life of this Nollywood original. And what is uncovered is a regular mother, wife and businesswoman. Enjoy excerpts.
How did you break into the industry?
I moved to Lagos after having studied Theatre Arts at the University of Jos. While waiting for the big break and with the intention of taking over the Nigerian movie industry, I got a job in a production company and gradually became grounded in the art of producing, presenting and broadcasting.
How were you able to balance career with family commitments?
Career and family grew alongside each other. I worked on the set of Fuji House of Commotion with my three months old baby. My car at the time served as a resource centre with every essential I needed for myself and the baby in it – bath tub, cooking stove, baby food and other basic needs. And even though it was challenging, I kept my eye on the prize.
Has the hard work paid off?
The dedication sure played out. I recently won the Golden Icon Academy Movie Award and Nollywood Movie Award as Best Actress in a leading role for the movie Torn and also received a nomination at the 2015 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA) for the Best Supporting Actress in the drama series Gidi Up.
Tell us about your Fairy endorsement.
Endorsements are not things you actively pursue, all you can do is be diligent at your work and hopefully someone will look your way and a brand will come along and it will be like a match made in heaven. If I had to wait this long to represent anyone, it would have to be a major brand and that is what has happened with Fairy. I relish being the Fairy godmother, the number one brand in the world. I have been using the brand Fairy ever since it came into Nigeria and it is very effective. Cooking is fun but washing of dishes could be difficult but Fairy makes it a whole lot easier. You get it done in half the time with less stress.
We loved you in the Fairy TVC, how long did it take?
It was 10 days of hard work in Cape Town to get all the video and stills required for the campaign. I had a top notch international team and everyone played their part effortlessly. It was seamless.
Who is responsible for doing the dishes?
We try to clean up immediately to avoid a pile up. As a chore, washing up is our last daughter’s responsibility.
What is the secret behind your beauty?
Physical beauty is actually nobody’s personal achievement. It is a combination of grace and good genes. Looking good involves getting rid of negative energy in whatever way it presents itself (circumstances or people), being careful about what goes inside the body and more, especially whatever is put inside the mind.
You combine acting with other businesses…
Aside acting and broadcasting, I am also a producer and writer. The success of an actor is dependent on her ability to play different roles distinguishingly. As a broadcaster and an actor who has performed in a variety of roles, in addition to my many years of experience, I think I have built a reputation of being able to deliver successfully.
Beyond the Glamour, you go home and obviously have a family that depends on you?
In the middle of all the accolades and loud applause, I always emphasize the importance of keeping a level head. I do not relegate family as I am first and foremost, a mother to my children. They serve as my anchor. I enthusiastically return home after work all the time, to the children and a husband who understands the business I am into. They give me all the support I need.
What advice do you have for our readers?
Live life to the fullest. Do as little harm as you can. Join the winning team. Use Fairy always.
Interview: Nolly Silver Screen
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