Versatile actress, Eniola Badmus, who is famously known for her somewhat comic roles in Yoruba and English movies, is reportedly having an enchanted year which has landed her on the cover of Vanguard.
Nollywood actress, Eniola Badmus, popularly known as ‘Gbogbo Bigz Girls’ who shot to limelight in 2008 after she starred in the film ‘Jenifa’, is the latest celebrity to grace the cover of Vanguard Allure where she talked about her career in the movie industry, the challenges of being a plus size actress and more.
Below are excerpts from the chat;
What was growing up like for you?
My growing up was a beautiful one. I was born into the family of Badmus Ogunsina. I was properly trained and well cultured like any other proper girl. We were taught to love ourselves and never discriminate against anyone. I come from a large family of 21 children and I am the 13th. We all eat together as one family; some of us go on vacation together during Summer and we all wine and dine together.
When did you discover your creative flair?
I was a member of the drama club in secondary school so my childhood actually prepared me ahead for my career. I later went to the University of Ibadan where I studied Theatre Arts. Acting, for me, comes naturally. It has always been part of my life; even while I was in secondary school, I cracked jokes a lot during break period. My school mates would book me ahead of time to crack them up in their various classes. It got to the extent that some people will pay me 100 naira to crack them up and dance for them while some will buy me lunch just to make them laugh in their classes.
I had two friends back then, Tope Amao and Jibola Lagundoye, who acted like my managers and they would collect money from my school mates. Some they gave me, some they kept for themselves but that did not bother me. I was happy making people laugh. Jibola Lagundoye remains my best friend till now.
What challenges do you face as an actor?
I really do not see anything challenging anymore; days of challenges are over because I have been doing this for sixteen years. If challenges occur, I still believe I will overcome them.
You are known more for your comic roles?
I am a versatile actor. I think I can play any role, not just comedy. It’s just that producers like to stereotype. When they find out that you are good in a particular role, they tend to stereotype you but I can play any role.
How does it feel being a plus size actress?
Well, it has not been easy for me; the rate at which people criticize the plus size people. As for me, I am never bothered about what people say. I am only bothered about my life, career and household because the more you listen to criticism, the more it breaks you. My advice to plus size people out there is never listen to criticism but always eat right and keep fit to keep the heart going.
So, what’s next for Eniola Badmus?
I have loads of things I am working on right now. I will be shooting two movies back-to-back before the year runs out. I also have my TV series coming up soon and my comedy skit shortly after.