Nollywood actress Damilola Adegbite has revealed that she could not get some of the roles she wanted to play because of her skin colour.
The light-skinned actress disclosed this in a recent interview with TV host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu while explaining her absence in the movie industry.
“I did feel like that at the beginning because I noticed that many of the roles I was being cast for were intimate roles because of the kind of relationship that I had on Tinsel with my co-cast as in Soji and Kwame. It was like you know they were my love interests so I was getting a lot of you have to be intimate in all your roles and I think that kind of reduces your you know, it just minimizes your potential. You’re just being boxed in the same place or especially as an actor. I’m an actor in the first place which means I’m creative which means I like to express myself.
“So I want to be the poor girl on the streets, I want to be the person selling plantain, I want to experience different roles but they’ll tell you, you cannot sell plantains you’re light-skinned so yeah it was a bit of an issue it still is honestly, I think it still is but yeah I haven’t left by the way it’s not like I’ve left the industry I’m just very choosy, very picky I think that’s what it is,” she said.
The Tinsel star also hinted at motherhood and her personality playing a part in her hiatus. She revealed that welcoming her son with her ex-husband Chris Attoh also took her away from the celebrity spotlight.
Damilola was previously married to Ghanaian actor, Chris Attoh.
The movie stars got married in Accra, Ghana on February 14, 2015.
News broke in September 2017 that the marriage had crashed after Damilola deleted her husband’s surname from her social media accounts.
She also unfollowed him on Instagram, deleting all photos of him from her social media accounts.
Chris later confirmed in an interview with Bella Naija that the two had gone their separate ways but will always remain friends for the sake of their son Brian.