The Netflix original young adult television series “Far From Home” from Nigeria continues to be the talk of the town because so many people are now jumping on the “Far From Home” bandwagon and binge-watching it at record rates. The connection between the main character and his on-screen love interest, Carmen, played by Elma Mbadiwe, is one of the show’s larger ships.
During a new interview with The Punch, actor Mike Afolarin who plays the lead role of Ishaya opened up about how he got into acting, how it was acting as Ishaya in “Far From Home”, and the possibility of sparking a real life romance with Carmen actress, Elma Mbadiwe. Here is what Mike Afolarin said.
“How and when did you get into acting?”
MIKE AFOLARIN: My first ever acting gig was in 2013 and it was a stage play. There was a six-month strike at my university then and I was looking for what to do with my time when I saw the audition and went for it. I got to play the lead and that was my first time acting professionally.
Before then, I had done a couple of other stage plays and dramas at my church. When I finished my education, I strived to get into the film industry properly and that was in 2016. The first Nollywood movie I acted in was ‘Kasala.’ Before then, I had also done short films and telenovelas.
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“Give us an insight into your average day as an actor.”
MIKE AFOLARIN: When I’m not on set or a film shoot, I try to do some research on my work and performances, I try to watch a couple of inspiring movies and stuff, and reach out to friends and families.
“Can you tell us some of the challenges you faced playing Ishaya in the Netflix series, Far from Home?”
MIKE AFOLARIN: Playing Ishaya was very interesting like you’d know, he did a lot of crazy stuff, he was running away from Isale Eko, he was running away from the Hyena and all that so those made it interesting but it was still a bit tasking, it also wasn’t too much of a big deal because Netflix and everyone were very supportive. The physicality of the character made it a bit tasking, I had to run here and there, had to play football, and so on. On a regular day, I won’t be running around Isale Eko or getting slapped in the face by brother government.
“You and Carmen look very perfect on screen, should fans expect something to manifest between both of you, or you are taken?”
MIKE AFOLARIN: Expect what? Carmen is married, very married. Besides, there are more than enough ships in the movie.
Wow! I didn’t know that woman is fully married. Wow. What do you think about what Mike Afolarin said, and about the relationship of Ishaya and Carmen on the show?