I don’t believe in balancing family life and work life – Deyemi Okanlawon

Deyemi Okanlawon, a popular Nollywood actor, has explained how he manages his demanding acting profession and his family life.

In an interview with actress and program presenter Lilian Afegbai published on Tuesday, Okanlawon, who is presently the highest grossing Nollywood actor, revealed this.

The father of two stated that his personal life does not influence his professional life and vice versa, and that he devotes his whole attention to both.

Okanlawon said, “Talking about balancing family life and work life, I don’t believe in balancing the two. Depending on what I’m doing, I’m 100 per cent present.

“If I’m on set or filming, my people know that I’m 100% there and they respect that enough not to even stress me out. But when I’m at home, I’m 100% at home. I enjoy and maximise my time. I give everybody what they want.

“In this industry, you have to build a structure around yourself because a lot will come at you. Sometimes, when I’m filming, they may want to give me a place to stay – to their advantage – so that you can come on set within the shortest possible time.

“But I have a rule. As long as I’m filming in Lagos, I always go home the same day.”

However, Okanlawon mentioned that he had to stay away from home due to a film he did on domestic violence.

“There was a time I went to do a film on domestic violence. I was raised never to hit a woman but to get into that character, I had to remove that restraint that was in my head,” the Blood Sisters star said.

He continued, “I called home to tell them I cannot come home for the next three days. I stayed three days after that film before I could go home.”

Earlier, the actor had revealed how acting in Nigeria’s Netflix original series, Blood Sisters, affected him mentally.

In the series, which was released in early May, Deyemi acted as Kola Ademola, an abusive partner who brutalised his victims as a pastime.

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