Crystal Okoye hasn’t got a profile as long as an arm but her profile is rich, unusual and fascinating. Barely a year on the scene, the curvaceous twenty-something has done 18 movies with more than 5 of those as the leading lady- now, that’s a profile even the best in the industry will gawk at.
In this chat the newest sensation in Nollywood as Crystal Okoye has come to be known shares her experience, her rise to fame and what makes her tick.
How did you get into Nollywood?
My journey into Nollywood was as a result of childhood fantasy that turned into a burning desire. Ever since I was a child I have always been obsessed with acting. My first love was developed through watching the Cartoon Network. Just seeing the various characters going through their acts awaken the love in me. Then, I would mimic whatever they do and by so doing, I became obsessed with acting. Seeing my passion, my family then encouraged me to build the passion into reality.
Later I began to sharpen my skills as an actor by using my mirror to master various mannerisms and acts, using my siblings as collaborators. Little by little, things began to fall into place and here I am living my dream.
What do you think are your selling points?
My selling point are my hips. I think Mercy Johnson’s hips are just learning where mine are. I know that I am well-shaped. If you ask me, I have got the best shape in Nollywood. And it is just not my hips alone, my eyes, my legs and my height as a woman all compliment my nice figure. You may say I don’t have the front but I have the back. The back speaks for me.
Were you actually named Crystal?
My name is actually Crystabel but I named myself Crystal. The name was actually suggested by a friend and since crystal means something that glitters it suits me very well. For me, it is more than just a name, it is a source of inspiration. It reminds me I have to be shining everyday to live up to my name.