Actress,Rita Dominic relationship with actor,Jim Iyke
When you started out as an actress did you ever think you would become a star?
Being a star was not actually the main issue at the time. But at the same time I feel whatever you're doing, you have to be focused and say to yourself "This is where I want to get to". Yes, I wanted to be able to touch lives because we touch lives through what we do. But the outcome is a surprise to me.
Among the roles you have acted which one would you say is closer to your real life character?
Not just one, I think two or three because I've had to do a lot of love stories. And I know that in real life, when I love, I love with all my heart. It's difficult for me to fall in love but when I do, I love with my whole being.
You talked about falling in love with your whole being, in real life, how many times have you fallen in love?
Love is a very strong word. I've fallen in love twice. Everybody says I love you, for me, to use the word love; I have to be really sure that I love the person. For me, I don't believe in love at first sight because what you're loving is what you have come to know. So if you're loving at first sight, what do you know that you're loving. You're loving the physical attraction that you see. And that's not love as far as I'm concerned because when you love, you love everything about the person.
So what happened the first time you fell in love?
Oh well, it just didn't work out, that's it.
What about the second time?
I don't want to talk about the second time. I take love seriously. For me,love is very sacred. It's not supposed to be an everyday word.
Are you in love right now?
I wonder. May be I am. May be I'm not. I'm not disclosing more than that
Are you guarding against anything?
Like 1 said, ! might be in love. I might not be in love. That's all I can say for now.
When are you getting married?
I I'll tell you when I'm ready. You'll be the first to get invited, trust me.
How was growing up for you like?
The only thing regret about growing up is that my mum is not alive to see all these. My mother was a strong force behind everything that has happened because she was very encouraging. From the age of four./five, I was I already on stage participating in kiddies programmes, I was more of a child star. And growing up was fun.. I come from a very close-knit family and we were always travelling outside the country during holidays.
What sort of childhood pranks can you recall playing?
I'm the last child. And my siblings used to call me "Reporter's notebook" RNB for short, because anything my older ones said about our parents, I would just go straight to my mother and tell her exactly what they said. So nobody liked to say anything about my parents in front of me. And as the last child I was very close to my parents anyway. And I remember I was a bully, I used to bully my younger cousins.
Why were you bullying them?
I don't know. It wasn't like I meant to do it; it was just a childhood thing. I'm not even a bully today. It was like "chancing" them in those days.
As an actress, have you had any embarrassing moment?
Yes, I actually had one this morning outside a place where 1 was having a meeting. I went outside to call my friend. 1 did not know that a secondary school near the place had just closed. As soon as I stepped outside, the students saw me,rushed to me and you can imagine what happened before my friend pulled me out of the place.They all wanted me sign autograph and they wanted to touch me. I signed the much I could sign. It was a nice...
Have you had such moment with adults?
Of course! In England from where I just came back after attending my mother's memorial service. When we went for Nothinghill Carnival. It was so rowdy and before I could say Jack Robinson, a guy just grabbed me and kissed me on my mouth. I just could not believe it. It happened before I could realize what he was doing, and I was very embarrassed. There were some security people there who later dragged me away.
Why were you not on the list of artistes that were banned by marketers?
The truth is that I can't really make any comment about that because I was not in the country when all that happened and I'm yet to understand what's actually going on. Initially, people said to me , "You've been banned", but some other people said too "Oh! You ve not been banned. And I now heard that okay, I wasn't banned. So I really don't know what is going on.
How old are you?
Old enough to do what?
Old enough to do what you do too.
You opened a web site sometime ago, what has the responses been like?
Oh, massive! I actually lose count of how many messages I get in a day; I get messages from places all over the world. I get messages from places like Guyana Republic and I'm like "Hang on a minute, excuse me." I still cannot believe it. It's amazing. ..
What kind of guy would you readily go out with?
Somebody who is like me.
How do you mean?
Somebody who understands things the way I understand things. Somebody who knows when to draw the line. Somebody down to earth. Somebody who is hardworking who has a strong respect for family views and values. Somebody who knows when it's time to work and when it's time to play, somebody who is humble. I know I cannot find somebody who is exactly like me.But at least let us agree on some subjects together.
You always appear in romantic movies, how romantic are you in real life?
I think romance is a thing of the mind, meaning that you tend to be very romantic depending on how strong you feel about the person. It's not automatic. Yes, I would say I tend to be romantic most time.
Among the actors that you have worked with, which one do you I feel romantic towards?
None! It's just that I have people that 1 have good working relationship with because we flow together.
Apart from acting, what else do you do for a living?
Funny enough, you see, right now I'm so busy, busy with acting jobs that I can't do anything else for a living. But there are a lot of other things that I'm trying to diversify into which I'll let you know when the time is right.
What would you say is your greatest physical asset?
Everything about me
Has there been anything people have said about you that really hit you?
Yes, that I'm going out with Jim Iyke. That they saw me sneaking out of Jim Iyke's room. And it was a lie.I felt funny about it.
How do you think that came about?
I have no idea. A lot of things came about that are not true. I'm not denying the fact that Jim and I are good friends. If you ask him if he could add somebody else to his family, he would add me to his family, likewise me. To me you can have a best friend that is a guy and there's nothing happening between you.I's just a pity that here when they see you guys talking or playing, they say you guys are going out.