Friday, March 30, 2007
The Bold, The Cool & The Beautiful
I cornered Kate Henshaw, Actor and TV presenter, at a rehearsal for my last stage presentation. Kate, always full of life and a personal favourite of mine, sat to answer a few questions.
laspapi: What's your middle name, Kate?
laspapi: Whas tha' mean?
Kate: It means the moon, usually used for first-born children
laspapi: You were born in July, your zodiac sign's Cancer, governed by the moon. Was the moon-name deliberate?
Kate: Nah! It's co-incidental.
laspapi: Which state are you from?
Kate: (with a disdainful look) Cross River. Where'd you think?
laspapi: It could've been Akwa Ibom
laspapi: Where in Cross River?
Kate: Henshaw Town. The name came from slave masters.
(laspapi- I think we should go give london and philadelphia our own names)
laspapi: Who do you look up to?
Kate: (Strongly) My mother. She's forgiving, prayerful, supportive and humble.
laspapi: You look like an extrovert...
Kate: EXTROVERT with capital letters. (If you're out with Kate, you'll understand. She's like a live wire, humming, vibrating all the time. One can see Kate is glad to be alive and its beautiful to watch)
laspapi: Your kind of Man?
Kate: I like outgoing types. He must be generous and caring, and a sense of humour is essential.
laspapi: What is love, Kate?
Kate: (pauses) Love is gentle, selfless. It's a warm, warm feeling that should be reciprocal. Love should give more than it receives.
Kate: I have no favourites. I mix Gucci, Armani, Channel... (I know Kate loves perfumes. She never fails to remark on them when I'm with her)
laspapi: If you had only 5 minutes to make a great escape, what would you take?
Kate: My phones and my bag containing money. I can use money to buy whatever I leave behind.
laspapi: Clothes designer?
Kate: I'm not a designer freak but my Jeans are always from NEXT
Kate: Good ones.
(laspapi and Kate freestyled with Words and Associations. Stella Damasus had warned Kate about my 'Free Association')
Kate: (With a beautiful smile) Nice!
Kate: Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun!
Kate: (long pause) The world standard (Kate is the P.R.O. of Nollywood's actors' guild which might account for her pondering how long it'll take us to reach the Hollywood heights)
laspapi: A word for people who want to become like you
Kate: Make sure you finish school. Don't come into it looking for fame or money. You must have a love of the craft because there will be dry seasons.
laspapi: (my favourite question) Can you see your unborn children in my eyes?
Kate: (startled) What? Are you serious, Wole? That can't be part of the questions. It is? No, you're joking. I can't see them there. No, no, no. You're not well.
laspapi: (reluctantly moving on) A word for posterity?
Kate: I want to be remembered as someone who smiled, who made people very happy. It takes more muscles to frown than to smile. I'll be smiling all the way.