December 20, (THEWILL) – Nollywood actress, Stella Damasus, says she earned N10,000 for her first movie role in the Nigerian film industry.
Damasus disclosed this in an interview with media personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, saying that she began acting in 1995/96.
“My first movie was ’95 into ’96, that’s the film ‘Abused’. I had no idea what I was doing but I went for it. I got it by accident. I didn’t plan to be an actor. I thought I was going to be a singer because I worked in a studio,” she said.
“A friend came to my house and said they were going for an audition. I lived in Surulere and she was going to Ikeja. I went with her. I saw lots of people standing outside under the sun. She went in and came out.
“Someone called me and asked if I had auditioned. I said I haven’t and didn’t come there for that. They said they liked my look and how I sound. They asked that I come read for the movie. They gave me a script. I read and left.
“Three weeks later, they called to inform me I got the part. My pay was N10,000. My studio salary then was N700.”
Earlier, the actress talked on why she left Nigeria for the United States despite her thriving acting career.
“I’ve been in the US (myself, my husband, and my kids) since 2013. One of my children had to study a course not offered in Nigeria. Another was for health reasons,” the actress said.
“My husband had to take a project at an American university. Having considered these, we decided to move.
“Before I made it to the US, I didn’t act for about two, three years. I had this routine of taking breaks to examine my strides and the impact of my work. I had a rethink about the prospect of my career outside entertainment.
“If I hit my 40s, what will I do? Wait for scripts or create my own thing? Leaving my country, who’ll know me? I decided I’ll build my brand globally. That’s what I hope to do and it’s a gradual process.”