In her journey of two years in Nollywood, Crowncy Anyanwu has made a mark and has produced her own movies. In this interview with SAMUEL ABULUDE, the Obowo, Imo State-born actress shares her story
How long have you been in the movie world?
Two years now. I have always wanted to be an actress though. Before now, I have been doing some ‘Waka pass’ roles, but at the end of the day, the movie won’t come out. But I kept pushing because I have always dreamt of it.
Can you recall your first movie and how much you were paid?
I was so lucky, later I was given a good role and was paid a good amount. The movie is titled ‘Bank Money’ and I played the role of Bishop Okon’s lover. It also had Mr. Ibu and Francis Duru.
How did you feel acting alongside those top shots in the industry?
They were very friendly. There were no much challenges at all. Because it’s a comedy movie, top actors were making everyone laugh at location.
Who are those you always admire and look up acting with?
Oh!! My sweetheart, Genevieve Nnaji. I love her so much. I pray God will take me to her level with someday. I love Tonto Dike has as well.
Tonto Dikeh? You also love her controversial way?
Yeah. Everything about her inspires me a lot.
One actress had said she loves Genevieve so much that she turns her on, do you feel same way?
Nooo!! I don’t oh. I’m only struggling to get to her level. That’s all.
So your love for her doesn’t turn you on?
Why are you particular about this turn on? Do you think I’m a lesbian? Or have you had any rumour that I am a lesbian as well? Please oh, count me out.
How about your male colleagues, who are those you admire?
Yeah!! I love Zubby Michael and his madness. Gosh! I just love dark guys!!
So it’s safe to say you are crushing on the likes of John Dumelo, Jim Iyke, et el?
You are really funny. John Dumelo and Jim Iyke are very cute. Only setting eyes on them can ….you know.. You understand na? But I can’t crush on a married man.
Aside dark skin, what else do you want in a man?
I want him dark and handsome and must be God fearing and most importantly very rich.
How many movie have you produced on your own?
I have produced a couple of movies already; “War For Love”, with Zubby Michael, Rachael Okonkwo, then “A Minute Decision”, with Ken Eric’s and Harry B. Anyanwu, Onny Micheal. I also produced “Hunted Bride”, featuring Zubby Michael, Eve Esin and co.
Wow, just within two years you joined the industry? How did you make that happen?
Most of my colleagues are surprised as well, but it’s just the Lord’s doing.
Movie producing is quite capital intensive, how did you cope?
Yes it costs me a lot of millions but when you plan well, the result is always good. Everything is God. It has been awesome, so far.
Aside movies what else do you do?
I import things from outside Nigeria. Although, I have been to China only once, Dubai is my main route. I import hair and women things like bags in large quantity. I have a shop in Abuja and Owerri. Don’t mind me I started looking for money on time precisely at the age of eight years. I made my first 1000 at the age of eight. Not From uncle and aunties gifts oh, but from my hustle. But for now I want to focus on my
Away from movies, can you define your fashion and style?
I dress simple and decent. Jeans and trousers-well fitted. I love nude colours. My personal dresses often come in nude colour.
What was your parent’s reaction when you told them you were going into movies?
My mum supported full time, she will always give me money for transport to go for movie auditions or movie rehearsals those days. But I don’t have a good relationship with my dad, so I don’t care if he supports my career or not.
Yes, I was trained single-handedly by my mother. I promise to make her proud. My both parents are still very much alive but not living together. The separation wasn’t easy on us the kids. It is not a good experience, but my mother made us not to feel the absence of our dad that much.
At what age did you live last with your father?
I think two years.
So you don’t have any fond memory of your father?
I visit him sometimes. Please, let’s not talk about my family again. It is making me emotional.
Are you presently in a relationship?
No I am not. I am still a virgin. Yes oh, it may be hard to believe but that’s the truth. The majority of people out there think virgins are hard to find in Nollywood. That’s why it may be hard to believe but on the contrary I am. I’m a proof.
When do you plan to ‘feel like a woman’?
I repeat, boyfriends can wait first. My career is more important but rich guys can get close on a neutral relationship though.
What are your plans to take your work to a higher level?
I’m going to double my work. Hard work leads to success.
So, in those lonely nights, how do you conquer the urge to be with a man?
As a virgin, I don’t have an urge for sex. I think maybe because I have not done it before and I don’t also believe in masturbation. My virginity is hard to believe, right? But that’s the honest truth.