How my role in ‘Blood Sisters’ affected me – Deyemi Okanlawon

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Nollywood actor, Deyemi Okanlawon, has stated how his role in the Netflix’s African series, ‘Blood Sisters’ affected him greatly.

The actor, who played the role of an abuser and a spoilt mommy’s boy, said it was difficult playing the role and remaining sane after.

According to him, it took months and a lot of therapy to regain his sanity after shooting his scenes for the series. He sympatised with victims and also the abusers.

He stated he knows how they feel having taken the role for himself. He went further to explain that he had to embody such roles as an actor even when they were the exact opposite of who he really is since he was taught never to hit a woman.

Deyemi said the series had him convinced that abusers are possessed by demons stepped from childhood trauma, past events and even personal traumas.

He tweeted, “Kola Ademola definitely affected me more than I care to admit and it took months to get to a semblance of normalcy.

“Strangely while I still firmly believe aggression should be met with justice, I now empathise with people who carry such demons.

“As Deyemi Okanlawon I pray to continue to defend victims of discrimination and violence with my life.

“However, as an ACTOR, my craft dictates in order to give the best performance. I cannot judge a character’s life/actions but must become the character.

“In order to embody a character, I have to temporarily suspend my personal beliefs to truly understand who they are and why they do what they do.

“This is a very mentally draining process and oftentimes after such experiences I would need help and time to rediscover my true North.

“Being raised from childhood not to ever hit a woman it was pure torture to now have to push past that to get to the point where the rage and emotions (which my scene partner also needed for her performance) were real yet have the willpower to ensure there was no physical contact.

“Having walked through such a depraved mind as Kola’s, I am now convinced that people who physically abuse others are mentally damaged and possessed by their personal demons likely born out of childhood trauma/poor parenting/societal or other factors.”

The series starred notable figures like Kate Henshaw, Nancy Isime, Idi Dima Okojie, Gabriel Afolayan and others.


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