Mumbi’s major triumph
| January 25th 2013
With a breathtaking sexy figure to complement her acting prowess, hot siren Mumbi Maina, is slowly cutting her niche in the film industry.The youthful three-time Kalasha Awards nominee talked to AUSTINE OKANDE about her journey into the limelight
Pulse: What was your first major role in film?
Mumbi: I played a girl called Riziki in Unseen, Unsung, Unforgotten. Riziki is an eccentric, bubbly, spoilt girl used to getting her way in everything. She ends up stuck in a rut, so to speak, as the story unfolds. It was a very exciting role.
P: Is the feeling we get from your role as Riziki similar to the real Mumbi Maina?
M: I am not someone who can be boxed in one character. I try not to take life too seriously and I believe in making the most of every opportunity as long as it betters whom I am.
P: Have you ever been misunderstood in your acting career?
M: Many times, people assume I am the character I play. That has been a bit of a challenge, especially after my role in Unseen, Unsung, Unforgotten and Mali (Nandi). Both roles were rather controversial.
P: You have had your share of drama in the film industry just like everyone else...
M: Drama happens! I hate dealing with unnecessary drama, especially when people start getting personal. It takes away from the craft.
P: Are you suggesting that it hasn’t been a smooth ride?
M: It hasn’t been the easiest journey and I’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices and difficult choices. All in all, every moment in the film industry has been a learning experience.
P: Was there a time you felt you wanted to give up?
M: Oh yes, many times! At some point I quit before starting afresh.
P: Looking back, what lessons have you learnt from the experiences?
M: An actor is only as good as his or her last project.
P: Besides the challenges, you have had high moments, right?
M: Yes! I have been working with a great team of professionals. The team has nurtured me and helped me explore different options in the film industry. They push the buttons harder every time, pushing me to places I barely knew existed. That’s a major high for me.
P: How was it working with Nigerian screen goddess Rita Dominic in Sha4
M: Amazing. Rita is a great actress.
P: It is every local actor’s dream to be nominated for Kalasha Awards. You have been nominated severally...
M: It’s a great honour to have received three Kalasha nods at such an early age in my acting career. I plan to keep the momentum. This is just the beginning of big things to come.
P: When did your passion in acting start?
M: It’s a passion I discovered a little later in my life. I worked in the corporate world for a while, but once I got into acting, I never looked back.
P: Besides acting, what do you do?
M: I do television production. I am a creative person, so anything that gets my juices flowing has my attention. My hobbies are swimming, reading, styling, dancing and yoga. I recently took up golf.
P: Talking of dancing, you are the video vixen in Bamboo’s Compe video but people hardly know that.
M: Yes I am. Enough said!
P: Who is your favourite actor or actress?
M: I would say Mkamzee Mwatela. Internationally, at the moment, I am completely a Kerry Washington great fan. I suspect if I met her, I would just stare at her like a startled fan.
P: What is your dating philosophy?
M: It’s important that the person I am dating complements who I am and I do the same for him. That way, we bring out the best in each other as two complete individuals.
The Reel JinnaShe is part of the young crop of film directors taking the Kenyan film industry by storm. She has directed and produced short films, music videos and plays both in America and Kenya.
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