Mercy Johnson-Okojie for decades has been one of the leading lights of Nollywood. Mercy like old wine seems to get better in her role interpretation skills. She speaks with SAMUEL ABULUDE on her new project, Reunion, marriage and how she combines showbiz and marriage
What have you been up to?
I have my TV show the “Cooking Show” coming up pretty soon. It is different kind of Talk Show. While cooking, we talk about marriage and it struggles. The spices of marriage and all that surrounds it. It’s not just for celebrities, but for people from different walks of life. Even divorced and single parents can come around to share their experiences, so others can learn. It has a slogan of ‘You won’t be honest about it, then don’t talk about it’. Married ones can come and tell us how they spice up their home
What excites you about the role you are playing in this new movie Reunion?
First at foremost, everybody knows that I love movies that treat vices, then entertain and educate at same time. When I’m picking a script those element must be there. It’s must be part of the spices. Reunion preaches against rape, the real value of true friendship. People watch movies and have different interpretation. The movie is about friends coming together to help one another heal. It also tackles deceit, you must not trust anyone, people have their dark sides irrespective of how they look outside. It’s a National Anthem that people have three faces, the one they show the world, the one for the family and loved ones and the one they keep to themselves. If you have issues, you have to come out and say how it is, so guilt won’t kill you inside. That’s the summary of what the movie looks like. It preaches against one wearing the attire of a Rev. Father and doing something else underneath.
How do you spice up your own marriage? We see more of you and your husband on Instagram…
Well, I don’t want to talk about my husband. But everybody knows my husband is very cute. Don’t let him take the shine off the interview (laughter).
How do you cope as a mother and actress?
I have kids, they always see me like the role model they have. So every day I try to do better to cover up the mistakes I made in the past. I try to make better diaries for them to avoid embarrassment, the internet never forgets. I wouldn’t want them to grow up to see any embarrassing thing about me on the internet. One day I asked my daughter what she wants to become when she grows older, she looked me in the eyes and said, ‘Mummy I want to be exactly like you’.
Are you happy with what you have achieved so far as an actress?
Yes, extremely. I can still do better. We are never satisfied. I have goals to accomplish. Some are fulfilled, some I’m working very hard to accomplish. As long as you are alive you always try to do better.
What kind of role won’t you play at this level?
I think now nudity. Any form of nudity.
What if your husband allows you?
He will never give me that consent. My husband is an Ishan man from Edo State. Yes he wouldn’t like that kind of thing. But I have to be very careful with everything I do now because I have kids. I have to live right for them. Do everything within my comfort zone to maintain a clean slate. Now, I have stopped taking romantic roles in movies, I do more of comedy. I think I have enough and lots of romance movies.
Because your husband gets jealous watching you kiss in movies?
From the minute we started dating, I stopped taking body contact or body touching roles. I have to move to the next level.
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