BEVERLY HILLS, April 06, (THEWILL) – Veteran Nollywood actress, Rita Dominic, says late South African singer and songwriter, Brenda Fassie, inspired her character in her newly released feature, “La Femme Anjola.”
The film star disclosed this in a recent conversation with media personality, Chude Jideonwu.
She said: “Anjola is a very dark character, in fact I remember when we were in the Basement shooting, it was so dark in there that it literally affected me, I wasn’t sleeping well. I’ll try to sleep and I’d wake up abruptly.
“I remember one night my assistant came in, no, it was in the early hours of the morning, she was trying to get tea, wake me up and things like that and she was trying to be quiet because she knew I slept pretty late, so I just woke up abruptly and I remember her running to the bed and asked me ‘aunty what’s wrong.
“I just said I’m really connecting with her, I don’t like this… err the energy is bad and I see it’s Anjola just taking over.”
Speaking on how she prepared for the role, the actress stated that she made a lot of research about female singers from the 60s to the 90s before settling for Brenda Fassie as a case study.
She added: “I felt that there were similarities between her and Anjola because she was disturbed up until she died and this performer woman is also disturbed. So, I felt I could draw some similarities between these women so I studied her for a while and zoned out of everything including social media.”