Nollywood actress, Rukky Sanda is one person who is not shy of expressing herself, no matter whose ox is gored. She also has a lot on her plate as an actress, interior designer, script-writer, director, and producer. In this chat with E24-7 MAGAZINE’S NEWS EDITOR, TOFARATI IGE, she speaks on her latest movie, Dark which will be premiered at the Silverbird Cinema on Friday, August 28, 2015, and other issues. Excerpts…
You write your own scripts and produce your movies, how do you manage all these together?
I think I’m just different people at different times; something like split personalities. It’s a blessing actually. I love writing and listening to stories. I also love being involved in every aspect of my movies; I can edit and do a couple of other things. I don’t like being ignorant.
Have you had any formal training on this?
I took a directing course in Houston, USA, as well as a Visual Effects course, but I still learn every day. So we’re practicing, doing little experiments, like we did in ‘Dark.’
You come across as someone who is very blunt, yes?
I believe in expressing myself; always stating my point, and sticking to what I believe in. People may read different meanings to it, but at the end of the day, I can only be myself; I can’t try to be someone else, or back-up what I don’t believe in. I wasn’t brought up like that. It has brought me here so far, and I love me.
Has being blunt ever got you in trouble?
I don’t get into trouble. If I say anything anywhere, I will back it up. I’m not the kind of girl who believes in gossip, or idle chatter. If I have anything to say, I say it and move on. If you have any problem with it, come and tell me.
How did you come about the name Rukky Sanda?
It’s my family name. Rukayat and Sanda.
But you once said you’re half-Nigerian and Ghanaian?
No, I’m not. I’m a full-blooded Nigerian from Lagos. Maybe that came about because I use a lot of Ghanaians in my movies.
Or maybe it’s because you went to Ghana and tweeted that you were back to your fatherland?
I think that was when I went to Ghana for the first time, and I was with some colleagues. We were just messing around and I think Yvonne told me something in Ghana that could be translated to what I tweeted. It wasn’t anything serious; I don’t know why people take little things serious.
Tell us more about Dark?
It’s extremely different from the regular movies we see out there. It’s about a woman who lost her baby during child-birth, and she actually believed it was the fault of the doctor, so she planned to kill the doctor’s child in return. Usually, I always call everybody I want to feature in my movies before I start writing, so I try to think about how they fit into the roles. When I had the idea for this movie, I thought about Van Vicker, and I told him that I wanted to write a movie for him, and I also asked if he would be free to shoot at a certain time. He was like it’s different, and that he was ready to do it. I love to write romantic movies that is empowering to women, and generally makes women happy, but Dark is a very serious movie; a lot of lives were involved. It’s about family, pain, and a mother’s bond to her child. It sounds the same, but it’s different because it has a twist to it.
You said you always write movies with certain people in mind, what if they’re not available to work at that time?
Then I’ll wait for them; I’m usually not in a rush when working. I’ve done it in the past when I used someone different from who I originally wanted, and at the end of the day, I wasn’t satisfied with the outcome, so I try to avoid that.
How much did it cost you to make the movie?
It cost me millions of Naira.
Will you continue shooting movies even if you don’t make a dime from it?
I will not do anything that I won’t make a dime from. Don’t forget that I’m a businesswoman first, and money is very important. You just have to know the kind of movie you want to do. Nowadays, it’s not really about what you want; I think you should focus on what the people want, and what you can make your money back from.
Away from movies, what does fashion mean to you?
It means expressing yourself, and being comfortable in your own skin.
What fashion item can you never be caught wearing?
I can never wear anything that doesn’t look good on me.
What fashion accessory can you never leave home without?
My sunglasses, and the most I’ve ever spent on them is about a thousand Dollars. But when it comes to what I can spend the most on, that’s bags and they’re ridiculously expensive.
How long does it take you to get dressed for events?
It takes me just about 30 minutes to an hour if I’m not in a hurry, and if I’m pressed for time, I just wear whatever and go.
Which actor would you like to share a kiss with?
American actor, Shemar Moore.
Have you ever had a lesbian hit on you?
Nooo, they can’t hit on me. I’m not that approachable.
Who’s your ideal kind of man?
An amazing person with a good heart.
What turns you on in a man?
He must have a sense of humour, and he must also abide by everything I say. I like people that make me happy.
Can you tell us the nature of your relationship with Akon?
I don’t want to talk it. I don’t know why people are still talking about this after all these years.
How have you been able to balance stardom with other aspects of your life?
I’m a very private person, and the only place you can ever get to see me is on Instagram and Snapchat because I don’t really go out. People don’t really know much about me, and most of what is written about me out there are false. I advise celebs to live a private life, and not to put too much information about themselves out there.
Are wedding bells going to be ringing for you anytime soon?
Yes now, by God’s grace.
That means you’re in a relationship at the moment?