Bold and strong-willed Paschaline Alex Okoli has been labeled a snob and even a lesbian. But then, the Anambra State-born actress is far from such unfounded appellations. In this interview, the script interpreter clears the air on why people misunderstand her personality. She also talks about her kind of man, premarital sex and lots more. Enjoy it.
How has the year 2018 been for you?
So far, it has been so good. The year has been ‘litty litty’, if you know what I mean.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
My plan is to set a clear goal for myself.
Any plan to go into movie production?
For now, no! Maybe before the year ends, something might come up in terms of movie production.
Aside Jenifa’s Dairy, you are hardly seen in regular movies, why?
I do movies too, but not regularly.
Which movie brought you into the limelight?
College Girls, the pay was nothing to write home about, but in all I am grateful.
How supportive are your parents concerning your chosen career?
My mum gave me one million per cent support from the beginning. But my dad was not in support the first time he knew about it. But being someone that is as stubborn as her father, the old man had to accept by force, after much persuasion.
Talking about stubbornness, we’ve heard people say you are also snobbish, how true is this?
Wow! Snobbish? That’s not true at all. Being stubborn and snobbish are two different things. People that don’t know me see me as a snobbish little lady. But, I can’t go about trying to make people understand me. If you know me, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Aside movies what else do you do?
I run a cleaning company, #Weclean. It is actually my personal little company.
How long have you been in it and how did you start the business?
I started the cleaning business last year. It is not easy, you know. I’m that girl that loves success, so I tried to venture into one or two businesses apart from acting.
Who are those you look up to in Nollywood?
Hmmm, I look up to many hardworking senior colleagues in the industry. They are too numerous to mention.
It was once rumoured that you are a lesbian; can you defend that?
Like you said, it’s all a rumour. That’s not true at all.
What’s your take on same sex marriage?
I don’t think it’s right!
How about sex toys, it’s almost taking over the world?
I don’t support that either.
What do you think should be done to take Nollywood to a lofty height?
The government should invest in the entertainment industry.
Can you share your first encounter with Nollywood?
My first encounter with Nollywood was in 2010 when I did ‘waka pass’ in a movie directed by Kalu Anya, and starring the likes of Chika Ike among others. The movie was shot in Asaba. But then I was not ready to make acting a career because I was still in school.
What’s your opinion on premarital sex?
I’m not a saint oh. But our bodies are supposed to be temples of the Holy Spirit. St. Paul says that the sin of the body is serious compared to the sin committed outside the body.
What makes a good actor?
A good actor should be so convincing in a role to the extent of holding the audience captive, and also make them feel as if there is nothing but the story at hand.
Are you currently in a serious relationship?
Yes! I’m in a very serious relationship with God.
At what stage do you want to get married?
When the time is right.
What kind of man do you want for marriage?
I want a man who will support and encourage me to pursue my desires and dreams. I want a man that will make me feel comfortable expressing my thoughts and feelings openly to him without fearing his judgment or ridicule.
What could make Paschaline shed midnight tears?
When I miss home or things aren’t going the way I want it to; it makes me cry.
Have you been heartbroken? And how did you deal with it?
Yes, I am human, but after two weeks I was back to normal.
Did that make you cry or starve yourself of food?
I was hurt to be honest, but I didn’t starve myself of food.
What turns you off in relationships?
Fake lifestyle, pretense and lies.
Where do you see your brand in a couple of years’ time?
I hope to have an acting school for young talents. I’m very passionate about helping people.