CHAT- With Actress Yvonne Jegede


I was born in Agenebode, Edo State, in 1983. I had a very wonderful childhood because I come from a loving family and it was fun for me all the way. I always got whatever I wanted and I loved being the centre of attention.

EducationI studied International Relations at a university in Cyprus.

Modelling
As a child, I wanted to become a beauty queen and win the Miss Nigeria beauty pageant. That was all I looked forward to becoming. However, I never got to participate in any pageant because I wasn’t tall enough.

ActingI never knew that I would become an actress someday. I’m not one of those people that would say that they discovered their talent while in the womb. It wasn’t something that I planned for but along the line, I realise that I was very passionate about it and I decided to take it serious. I got into the industry through Charles Novia, and he was the one that invited me for my first movie role. It was on that set that I met Uzodinma Okpechi, who invited me for the video of 2face’s African Queen.

Challenges
I don’t remember having any challenges apart from going for auditions. I was young at the time; I wasn’t 20 yet when I joined Nollywood.

Role modelsIn Hollywood, I love Meryl Streep. Everybody knows I’m crazy about her and she is my idol. In Nigeria, I love Bimbo Akintola.

Memorable rolesI have not been challenged enough yet. I have played almost every character, so there’s really nothing left to do. If you look at it critically, almost every story these days is a version of something that had been written earlier by another person. And this also applies to Hollywood with movies like Batman, Superman and others. However, I once acted as a widow who had to mourn her late husband for a very long period. That script really touched me and I actually cried on set. I can be very daring on set and go to any length to interpret my character but I can never act n*de.

Body shape
I thank God that I have a good figure and I have no regrets. However, I like my eyes so much and you can say that they’re my best features. Even though many people feel my big boobs are my selling point, but it is my brain. As for the people insinuating that I did surgery to enlarge my boobs, I have always been this way. People who know me from way back will confirm.

MarriageI feel very happy and blessed in my marriage. I think I married at the perfect time even though I’m in my early 30s. My husband is a very special person and I always say that men like him are very rare. Being married will not affect my career. Meanwhile, my husband is also an actor so he knows the terrain.

Fashion
I love simplicity and I believe that fashion is a thing of the mind. It’s all about how you carry yourself. Some people might wear designer clothes and still not command attention while others might wear things that are not that expensive and be the cynosure of all eyes. 
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