I refused indecent offers from rich sponsors to make my movie - Judy Austin
Nollywood actress Judy Austin, who recently released her movie, Native Girl, is speaking about her encounters with some rich men who she had approached to sponsor it.
Muoghalu Uchechukwu Judith, popularly known as Judy Austin, told Inside Nollywood that she will never sleep around for fame.
The actress said: “I started acting in the year 2013. You know in the industry, most times people don’t get to act a very challenging role that would really showcase their talents.
“Most times, roles are being given to the same group of artistes, and I am not saying it’s wrong but it limits the chances of others in showcasing their own characters too.
“So, I thought to myself, the best way for me show the world the stuff I’m made of was to produce my own film and take on the most challenging role in it. I also got inspiration from my college mates Ruth Kadiri and Chioma Okoye, and I felt it was time to be my absolute best.
“That’s how the thought of producing Native Girl, came along, even when I had no money for it. I had to start looking for funds. It wasn’t easy at all. I mean, some of them wanted to go to the bedroom with me, while some thought the investment was too small.
“Finally an old friend supported me with what he had and I completed the budget with all my savings,” she revealed.
The Anambra-state born actress maintained that her new movie, Native Girl, was mainly to promote the Igbo language which is rapidly going into extinction.
“Native Girl came to light with the help of my director His Excellency Yul Edochie. In this present time, it’s like we somehow don’t appreciate our native languages… People teach their children how to speak English but not their native tongue.
“People travel and come back and all of a sudden they don’t speak their language again. The most painful part is that they’re irritated by those that speak their language. I just wanted a touch of the Igbo language.” (Nollywood Films)