I actually sat and watched all 25 previous James Bond movies (yes, counting Sean Connery’s Never Say Never Again) during the first month of “lockdown” in April of 2020. So when I give my usual “this list will not be your list” disclaimer, I should also note that this list won’t necessarily be the list I […]
HILDA DOKUBO: WE MADE A FILM THAT WILL FASCINATE, SCARE AND DELIGHT EVERYONE
As a popular movie star, how did you become involved in this production?
I have never been the kind of actress to use the privilege my career has given me to influence the process. I like to approach each film as though it was my first. I was sent a script, liked the story and indicated my interest in the titular role. I was invited to read for the role and the rest is what you see.
What’s the biggest challenge about taking up the role you played?
Acting for me is more than just being part of a production. It’s about understanding the character I have chosen to play, and bringing that character to life in a convincingly. Every character is challenging, but portraying the realities of undiagnosed mental illness, especially in a culture that misdiagnoses every mental disorder as schizophrenia, meant I had to research thoroughly and bring extra empathy to my character. The pay-off finding a believable balance was worth every ounce of work I put in.
Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
‘Nobody’s going anywhere’. It’s such a simple line, but context gives it so much urgency.
Besides yourself, which actor in this production is going to blow people away?
Sunny Neji because of his background in music. Though I underestimated him but he is a revelation in Locked.
What do you think the audience will be thinking about in the car as they drive home after seeing the movie?
Was that really Hilda we just watched? Madness no dey show for face o
How do you think this movie will change the narrative about mental health?
I think people will begin to understand that mental illness is like any other chronic physical illnesses. Mental illness can be managed with proper care, and people struggling with mental illness can have fulfilled lives if they are not stigmatized into rejecting treatment. The film will also help the audience that sees it understand how events, environments and memories linked to one of the 5 senses can act as a trigger, causing a person struggling with mental illness to succumb to their illness. Understanding triggers and symptoms can make care much easier.
What’s going to surprise people about this movie?
I don’t know if this counts as a spoiler, but when one of the main characters is revealed to suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Who among the actors do you think played the most challenging character?
I’ve given this a lot of thought, and I think each character was met with a unique challenge of either struggling with ill-health or interacting with a sufferer and the spectrum of responses interactions can bring. I personally think there’s no real metric for comparison, but I am curious to hear what the audience has to say.
What sort of person is going to love this move?
Would I be too optimistic to say everyone? We really made a film that will fascinate, scare and delight everyone.
How is the character you played in the movie like you?
For one, Dr. Adu, the character I play in Locked is a medical doctor. I am an actress and social activist with a background in public service. We couldn’t be more different individuals. I will say this though, I grew to love her. I loved being her
What do you love about your character in the movie?
She is focused and determined. That determination and focus made her successful, but it also made her a little aloof. I also loved that she would let nothing dissuade her once she decided on something. She’ll do anything even if it means keeping them Locked.
What do you hate about your character in the movie?
Yes, my character had some very intense moments, but her intentions were always transparent and her heart was always in the right place. I couldn’t hate her, she’d made the best of her life, become a good wife and a loving mother. Until you try to leave her.
Who’s the funniest person in the cast in real life?
We’re a small cast and I might not know who is the funniest, but I can tell you I’m probably the craziest. You’ll see when you watch Locked.
What’s the last thing you always do before you step on set?
I can’t say for sure. I tend to settle into a rhythm before we start filming, nothing specific, whatever it takes to help me leave my world behind and inhabit the character’s universe.
If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
Who would play me? I think Roseline Meuer. She sure looks like me and I think she has some beautiful naughtiness attached to it too.
Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
That would be up to the casting director.