Last Updated on Saturday, 08 January 2011 09:00
Breaking into the film industry isn't the easiest goal to accomplish but Bella Nickole slid right into her role in one of the largest movie industry in the world known as Nollywood. Nollywood is largely known by the people of Nigeria but it's becoming rapidly noted to the entire continent of Africa and making a name for itself in the United States.
“I've been interested in acting for a very long time,” Nickole said. Growing up in Sierra Leone then moving to states, Nickole started out modeling. With the advocacy from a friend, she tried out for a role in his movie. From there she begin to take acting classes.
After auditioning twice for a role in the movie “In A Man's Mind,” the producers agreed that Nickole wasn't fit for the part. “Instead they wanted me to try out for the lead role,” Nickole said exuding confidence in her tone. After receiving a lot of positive feedback from the movie, Nickole recognized her talent and moved forward with her acting plans by continuing to audition for movies.
The self described goofball has only been apart of Nollywood for two years and before her acting days, Nickole was your regular young girl. Her friends would describe her as fun to be around, the girl who laughs a lot and very laid back but according to Nickole they're only half right. “I have a serious side also, I'm some times over ambitious because I think the sky is the limit,” she said.
In ten years, Nickole wants to have a career synonymous to Meryl Streep. She admires Streep's ability to play any role. Nickole channeled her flexibility in her last film “My Angel,” playing a young girl being initiated into lesbianism. “I took me out of my character and it was totally different than my actual self,” Nickole said with a shy laugh. With idols like Meryl Streep and Taraji P. Henson, Nickole anticipates her career being as versatile as these two actresses.
The rising star not only looks up to Hollywood's actresses, but her home base film industry as well. If she could play along any actress in Nollywood it would be Genevieve Nnaji. “Everyone knows her, she's very big in Nollywood,” Nickole said.
For the new year Nickole promises a new project that will be “very different, interesting, and never seen before.” As Nollywood grows and become successful, Bella Nickole will grow alongside with it. “I can only imagine where the industry is going. It has a really big future,” Nickole said.