Nollywood actor Daniel Etim Effiong is a very popular and well sought after actor in the Nigerian movie industry. Recently he has had starring roles in such blockbuster productions as Superstar, Blood Sisters, Oloture, and many more. One thing that Daniel Etim Effiong is also known for is for playing the role of romantic lead, lover boy, etc. He is known and renowned for the passion he always seems to generate between himself and the co-stars he acts along. But as a married man, this can become quite tricky.
Daniel Etim Effiong is married to his wife, fellow actress, Toyosi Phillips, and during a new interview with ace interviewer, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on an episode of Rubbin’ Minds, the actor opened up to Ebuka about how he handles the topic of his very passionate scenes with his wife. Here is what Daniel Etim Effiong explained.
Speaking during the interview, Ebuka asked Daniel Etim Effiong, “Does being married to someone in the industry help because we’ve seen a lot of your work, there is a lot of passion sometimes. Does it ever [cause problem]? Is it a conversation you guys have? I’m just trying to understand. How do you navigate that?” He said:
We talk about it. We talk about it all the time. The safe thing to do is to come and report yourself before she sees it on screen. So that’s what I do. I come home and say “okay, I had a really interesting scene today and this is what happened.” But she’s in the industry as well so she understands. I mean she trained in New York Film Academy so she understands the process. She understands what it entails. So we talk about it a lot and I sort of like shield her from it. So I tell her what she knows exactly. I won’t come and rub it in her face like “Oh my goodness, see this scene I did today,” no absolutely none of that. And I’m very open with it as well. When I might be getting into trouble, I report myself like “okay there’s a situation we need to talk about” and try to be as open as possible. So that’s how we manage it.
“Do people cross the line sometimes? Be it actors or fans?”
Absolutely. That happens. More with the fans than the actors cuz I’d like to think that all my colleagues are professional. But how do I handle it? I understand that it is a human thing. I’ve been on their side of the divide before. I have crushed on actresses before. So what I do is I convert them to friends, especially for the ones that come really hard. So I try to talk them through it and convert them to friends, introduce them to the family if I must, and just play it safe. That is the key thing for me, what’s safe? You know, I have boundaries. Always have boundaries. And I won’t claim that I have everything figured out. I am learning through it and I’m getting help as well.