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“My action acting and stunts dreams came true” - Merlisa Determined, international actress
News / Latest / Ernest Kanjo / Wednesday, 18 January 2017 22:50

Merl D_poster_tiptopstarsAway from making a livelihood from her art, acting had since become Merlisa Determined’s close-to-heart thing. If she is not acting, she is getting set to go an act. And, when she is acting, the USA-based award-winning international is in the true sense of the word. She is just meant for this art. This would now explain why Merlisa, in manifesting her unquenc

hable knack for acting, has embarked on exploring all the facets, call it sub domains of the art. Her next big thing here has been action acting. “I like it, I yearn to do it and do it so well,” she had told us some time ago, craving for the opportunity to come. Such an opportunity showed up in Bedfellas, an upcoming Don Okolo film, produced by prolific Nkem DenChukwu. After filming the movie in a lead character role, the determined actress has settled to a job-well-done satisfactory mood and won’t hesitate to share that memorable experience. TIPTOPSTARS 

Editor caught with her ahead of the official release of Bedfellas. Merlisa, as usual, was very determined to pursue her action movie acting dreams. Excerpts!


tiptopstars merlErnest Kanjo (EK): How did you get on the project?
Merlisa Determined (MD):
As always, Ernest, every film project for an actor begins with an audition process. I went through this and was selected.

EK: Why did you accept the script?

MD:  I accepted  to play the role of Lieutenant Sophia Black because this is  a character I haven't played before. I love challenges and always want to explore new grounds. Once I read the script, I got excited about this role.

EK: What is the significance of the character in the story?

MD: Sophia Black is a Drug Enforcement Agent, call it DEA who has a romantic connection with her male friend, a drug dealer. So she goes undercover to solve a crime.   Good cop turned bad cop, so to speak!

EK: Could you recall your filming experience with the Bedfellas team – cast and crew?

MD: I had so much fun working on the Bedfellas set. I interacted positively with new actors and the ones I have previously worked with. I would vividly recall my favorite moment which was the filming of the action fight scenes. You needed to have been there to experience this amazing stunts – hahaha!

EK: How would you rate your performance in this production as compared to the others? 

MD: Ernest, it’s not for me to rate my performance, let the viewing audience decide. As an actor I’m never really satisfied with my performance because I always believe that I could have done something more or better with a scene or the delivery of a line. It’s always something  I would want to improve on or fix. However, all I can do is stay true to the script and bring the character to life, making it as real as possible. Art imitates life, you know.

EK: What remarks did your producer and director make?

MD: My Producer Nkem and Director Don Okolo always push to get the best from their actors. They did same in Bedfellas.

EK: Tell us why you think Bedfellas would be a film to watch?

MD: It has a cream of talented actors, the ones whose works would keep you glued to your screen. Bedfellas is full of stunts, action, twist and turns. I can press my fingers on the table for this movie.

EK: What are some of the challenges you faced during the filming of the movie?

MD: The stunts and fight scenes were a little challenging but I was excited.  I've always loved action movies and wanted to do stunts. The opportunity came knocking and I didn’t waste time to grab it.

EK: Its official outing is coming up, when precisely is that?

MD: At the moment, I don't have the official release date, but it will be premiering in 2017.

EK: Are you anxious, excited?

MD: Super anxious and excited for the screening, but until then, I still have some more work to do on other projects coming up.

EK: What do you expect to achieve from this movie as its lead character?

MD: I expect everyone to go out to the theatres,  watch  and support Bedfellas,  once its released.

EK: Last word to potential viewers of the movie and your fans..
MD: I would love to thank everyone for their love and support. It means so much to me.  Also, I,d love everyone to follow me on all my social media sites in a bid to be updated with the projects in which I’m working. I’m currently on set, filming The Candidate, starring alongside Oscar nominee Eric Roberts, Anthony Ray Parker and a host of other talented actors. Stay tuned!

EK: Thanks for your time Merlisa!

MD: Thanks you Ernest and TIPTOPSTARS. It’s always my pleasure to talk to you.


NB: Merlisa can be followed on Twitter @MerlisaDworld Instagram and Facebook at Merlisa Determined

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 January 2017 19:47
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