Mike Afolarin: Nollywood Superstar

From gracing the screen as the lead in the Netflix Young Adult hit show “Far From Home” to securing roles in various successful projects, Mike Afolarin is a rising star  and a multifaceted actor who has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.

In this riveting interview, we delve into the roots of Mike’s passion for acting, explore the challenges and triumphs that have shaped his career, and unveil his candid reflections on the acclaimed projects that have captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. As he shares his experiences, dreams, and the artistry that fuels his craft, get ready to be captivated by the charisma and authenticity of a talent that is taking the Nigerian acting scene by storm.

Join us as we uncover the untold stories behind the scenes, the secrets to Mike’s success, and the exciting projects that lie ahead. This is not just an interview; it’s a front-row seat to the unfolding narrative of a young actor destined for greatness.

Q: How did you get into acting?

A: I basically started acting professionally during my time at the University of Lagos. I went for an audition for a stage play and I got to be a part of the cast, and that was my first-ever professional acting gig. From there, I took a liking to the profession, and after school, I joined production sets and interned behind the scenes, joining different departments and learning new things. After that, I started going for auditions consistently, and after some time, I started getting opportunities.

Q: What would you say has been your favorite project so far?

A: Every single project that I have been on is so dear to my heart, and it’s very difficult to pick an actual favorite. I’ve been so blessed with amazing projects. Kasala did really well, I’ve done amazing productions with Biodun Stephen, Brethren was amazing, Far From home, and so much. It’s so difficult to pick a favorite.

Q: For you, what would you say is the most challenging part of acting?

A: My answer for this, I think, is very interesting and a bit unconventional. To me, one of the most challenging parts is the waiting. It can get exhausting sometimes. Sometimes you can be on set for 6 hours, and the actual number of hours you’re working might just be for an hour. That waiting time can be a bit exhausting, especially when you are already in your costume and makeup, and you’re good to go. But I mean, it’s part of the fun, the experience, and it gives you some time to get creative with the character.

Q: Obviously Far From Home was a life-changing experience for you. Did you know it was going to be that successful when you filmed it?

A: Far from home was, and still is, an interesting experience. While we were filming, I hoped that it would be as successful as it ended up becoming, but of course, I didn’t know to what extent. I was just giving my best and doing what I enjoy doing and hoping that at the end of it all, people would find some sort of connection to the art, and that’s really the purpose of creating art. I really hoped and prayed that it would exceed my expectations, and you know, it did. It really did well, and I’m glad that people have come to love it.

Q: Since the release of Far From Home, you’ve been everywhere. How have you been able to do this?

A: One of the key elements of an interesting performer is to always be ready, so I like to always stay ready, stay prepared, be on my game. So I guess that is why it seems like I have it all together. But even at that, the love was overwhelming and just amazing. For your question, I’ll say staying prepared and staying ready always helps.

Q: Talking about great projects, it was recently announced that you would be starring in the Water and Garri project directed by Meji Alabi. What was the process of auditioning, and how did you feel when you found out you got the role?

A: For Water and Garri, I can’t say much about it yet, but there is going to be organized press tailored to that project. But it was an amazing experience working with Tiwa Savage. The associate producer reached out to me and asked me to send in an audition tape, and I did. That’s how I got on the project, and it was such an amazing time putting together that project. I am looking forward to the journey.*

Q: You represent a new generation of actors. What do you think is the most important thing for aspiring actors to know?

A: I think for an actor, it’s very important to stay prepared, like I said earlier. It’s really not a good look to start preparing when the opportunity has already arrived. If you have to learn a new skill, if you have to improve your performances, do it. Also, being consistent and keep doing what you do. Consistency and Preparation is key, honestly.

Q: What’s next for Mike Afolarin, where do you see yourself in the next few years?

A: I’m just taking life one step at a time, I’m looking forward to sharing all the projects I have shot, in some recent past (laughs) with you guys. Not everything that I’ve shot has been released, I don’t know when they would be released, but I am looking forward to them as much as every other person. Perhaps even more. So I’m sure when those projects are out I’ll be here, talking about them, so yeah.

In concluding our exclusive interview with the dynamic force that is Mike Afolarin, we can clearly see that this is an actor whose passion knows no bounds. From his humble beginnings at the University of Lagos to the soaring heights of international acclaim with “Far From Home,” Mike’s journey is living proof of talent, perseverance, and an unwavering commitment to the craft.

One key thing we took from this interview is the importance of preparedness and the value of consistency. Mike is an inspiration to aspiring actors, he leaves us with a profound understanding that success is not just about the destination but the evolution, the growth, and the sheer love for the art.

With projects yet to be unveiled and a spirit grounded in humility and dedication, we eagerly anticipate the unfolding chapters of Mike’s remarkable career.

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