He is smart, savvy and reserved; Ex-Big Brother Naija Reality Housemate Tobi Bakre is sure one of the most loved housemate of the Double Wahala season. An ex-Banker and a photographer, Tobi sure knows how to find his way to the heart of people; the University of Lagos graduate spoke about his passion for acting, why he want to act alongside veterans, passion amongst others.
How has it been since you left the Big Brother Naija house?
From being in Big Brother (Naija), leaving Big Brother House and looking at the things I have accomplished so far, I can only say it’s been a good year for me. It’s been amazing.
Was banking boring after four years?
It was very interesting for me actually. I used to be a currency dealer. I traded security straight to currencies. I also worked in the money market desk.
It was interesting for me but the banking life generally is a bit routine. And I had a lot more I wanted to do that I wasn’t exploring. I love photography.
I wanted to be a media person as well. I am not really an office person. Generally, it is a routine life, every day is the same, but the life that I have now is different, every day is different. I feel better. I feel alive living the kind of life I have now.
Are you doing anything about your photography?
Yes, I am doing an exhibition at the end of the year, a photo art exhibition.
You are in the DSTV campaign. How did you get involved?
I am in the DSTV campaign, it preaches versatility, which is what my brand is centered around, the ability to be anything, more than one thing.
That is really what the campaign pushes. You can be different things depending on what you want to. You do not have to limit yourself to one thing.
We have seen you in a couple of movies. Is acting one of the privileges of BBN or a passion?
Working in the banking, I always wanted to do something more versatile, I wanted to be in the media, but at that point I didn’t have the patience or;
say, I couldn’t just leave the banking hall to start attending auditions and all that so I needed a platform to do the things I wanted to do. Right now, a lot of people I can see what I can do and are hiring me for it.
Do you think you need a professional training or is acting natural to you?
Eventually I will still go to the school of acting just to cross my T’s and dots some I’s; but generally, acting is naturally for some people and in a way, acting is natural for me. But I know I still have to brush up. It is interesting for me.
What got you interested in acting?
I have always wanted to act. It was more of the platform. Now, all of people noticed that I could do it while I was on the show.
This is why I am getting the roles. It is just to do more and show people the range of my passion.
Who are those you would like to act with?
All of the veterans, because the older people have more to teach you when it comes to acting. I have been on set with Sola Sobowale.
From day one, I already had a lot she was telling me. When you act with such people you become a better actor faster.
What do you like most about being an actor?
The fact that you have the power to be anything. If you are given a script whether you like the character or not, you have to act the part.
Every role you are given has to be challenging because you have got to do it well. When they say be a mad man, I am able to lay it out.
What kinds of role can’t you take?
For me when it comes to acting you have to be versatile, you can’t really limit yourself, except it is a role preaching immorality to a large extent I am not going to take that.
What makes you different from other actors?
There is always the Tobi vibe from some of the roles I have played. So, if you want the lover boy Tobi, it is different from the Pastor Tobi. In every role I play I infuse a bit of my personality to it. that makes me different.