Popular actress and movie producer, Linda Adedeji, gives her best to any role she is given and has wormed her way into the hearts of many movie lovers over the years. After staying away from acting for about three years, the mother of one is now back to what she loves doing best. In this interview with SEGUN ADEBAYO, Adedeji speaks on her marriage, career and life.
Would you say you have come this far in the movie industry on account of your talent or luck?
Yes, I would say I have come this far because I’m talented, secondly because I’m lucky and thirdly, because I got support from my colleagues. I would say I’m talented because I deliver my role very well. If I’m not good at my role, no producer would want to offer me jobs again. Secondly, if I’m not lucky, even if I’m talented, they might still not give me any role. If I don’t get support of my colleagues, nobody will call me to their production, that means I will only act on my movies alone. Though, my movies alone will take me to places, the support from my colleagues and my featuring in different movies will actually take me farther and will make people know me more. I think the three worked for me.
You are also a movie producer. At what point did you decide it was time to start producing movies?
I think it is about one’s determination to keep rising and taking opportunities that come one’s way. I didn’t set out to be a movie producer, but as one grows on the job, one begins to see the need to explore more. I don’t believe there should be a limit to what I can achieve. I have produced nine movies so far and I am happy about the successes I recorded in all my projects.
Why is it that every actor feels the need to produce their own films? Is it a measure of success in the Yoruba industry?
I won’t say it is a measure of success. Sometimes, we decide to produce movies to bring out the best in us. In my case, I wasn’t really getting the kind of roles I really wanted from producers and directors. What I get from them are the roles of a housewife, runs girl but none of them has ever given me that village girl role. That was why I decided to start producing movies myself so that I could play the roles that people never believed I could play. That was what brought about one of my movies, Omotoni. It was a village movie where I had to speak the typical Yoruba language. Since nobody wanted to give me the role, I decided to bring it up, and people were amazed because they never believed I could play a village girl role. Having said that, another reason some of us are producing is because we can no longer tolerate insults from directors and producers.
What kind of insult are you talking about?
I don’t want to talk about it. We have moved away from that.
What does it take to produce an average Yoruba film and how do you compare being an actor and a producer?
Most importantly you must have a good storyline, good cast, good director, good locations and great crew. If you have the money and the right crew, you can produce a good Yoruba movie. As per comparing an actor with a producer, I would say being an actor alone, you will have to wait for someone to call you and give you a role, you will have to wait for a producer’s call which doesn’t come every day. You will have to wait for it. It is only if you are a very popular actor that you can get regular calls from producers but if you are an up-and-coming actor, you might not even get a call for a long time and it will look like one is not making progress. But being a producer, even if they don’t call, you can appear in your movies and make your money.
What can make you dump acting?
Nothing can make me dump acting. I have done that several times in the past, I was busy, there was no time but I can’t do that again. The reason I dropped acting for two years now was because of my baby. I cherish my boy a lot. Many people have been asking me why I have been off the screen. I just need space for now because I just gave birth to my baby last year after seven years of marriage. I went through hell before I had my child. I had 11 missed carriages before I had my son. I think it’s not too much to stay a year and take care of my boy. I will go back to acting very soon because my son is a year already.