Lanre Olubolade plays the role of Tayo in Nigeria’s longest running soap opera-Tinsel. He speaks more on his experience on the set of Tinsel in this interview.
Vision for Tinsel
I see more quality story lines being added to the series because each season brings a different kind of storyline that keeps the viewers in suspense. It’s a programme where the unexpected happens and in another 20 years, we might still be talking about Tinsel just like we are doing now for other foreign TV series like ‘Days of Our Life’ which is more than 15 years; and Bold and Beautiful. I believe the way they talk about these soap operas is the way we are going to celebrate Tinsel in a couple of years to come.
Quality of production
Before I got on the set of Tinsel, I used to have that impression that it was not shot in Nigeria, but in South Africa, because people don’t believe that a soap opera with that kind of quality can be shot in Nigeria. I will be proud to tell anybody that it’s shot here in Lagos.
Regular changes of characters
In our everyday lives, you don’t see the same set of people every day; you meet new people with new experiences. Like you mentioned about the character Shalewa who was not educated but later transformed to an educated and sophisticated girl, it shows that nothing in life is permanent and that is part of the lessons in Tinsel. Having auditions ensures continuity, because if you have the same characters on Tinsel everyday, it will become predictable.
I am Lanre Curtis Olubolade and first child in a family of two. I was born in Germany where I grew up and I speak English and German very well. I came back to Nigeria at the age of 16, and that was when I began to learn how to speak English with some tutorials. I gained admission into the University of Port Harcourt, River State, where I studied Geology and graduated in 2004. I worked for two years in Port
Harcourt before relocating to Lagos because entertainment has been my
passion and I don’t see myself working for anybody. I started my own event company which I combined with acting. I have done a couple of other works before I got this role as Tayo in Tinsel. I have featured in few productions like Kemi Adesoye’s short movie which won award inBerlin film festival and a movie produced by Lunmi in Abuja which will come out next year, hopefully.
Do you feel intimated by the caliber of A- list actors in Tinsel?
I don’t, because it’s an individual thing. I don’t get intimidated because they started from somewhere and met people that were A- list artistes when they started. Nobody has been able to put me on my toes, but I appreciate their skills and instead of being intimidated, I lean from them.
Will you take over from the likes of Jim Iyke and Mike Ezuruonye
No! I am coming to be myself and somebody people will want to take over from because it’s an established fact that some producers will always want to stereotype you to play a bad boy or lover boy. I want a situation where I would be seen as an action hero, and something beyond the norm. If I want to take over, it will be from the likes of Denzel Washington, who can assume any kind of role or Eddy Murphy.
I want to be flexible with my characters because I have that gift and acting is my passion.