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An Interview with Jade Abode, Star of Housemates

by Mike Haberfelner

July 2018

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Your new series Housemates - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?

 

Housemates is about 3 young adults living together. Who are not just friends but a lot like family.

The series follows their day to day lives and a typical day for each of them.

My character Ashley is an art dealer. She’s young and strong and trying to have a love life, in this new technological world of Tinder and online dating.

 

What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Jade Abode can we find in Ashley, really?

 

I’m quite a strong and confident women and so is Ashley. So I drew on that. I wanted to make Ashley come across as independent and strong, but also show her vulnerable side with her reaction to her struggles with online dating.

We are different though as I am not as opinionated on men as she is, but I could relate as I have heard a lot of stories about my friends' experiences with online dating.

 

To what extent could you identify with the subject matter of Housemates on a personal level, and do you have any wild housemate stories of your own?

 

I think as a young millennial growing up in London it is hard to define our culture. Myself and a lot of people my age with African families sometimes have a hard time fully identifying themselves in terms of culture. As here in England I would identify as as African and celebrate my African culture. When someone asks me where I am from I will always refer to my heritage (Nigeria, Ghana and England) and not say I am simply ‘British’. However, when visiting Africa I am clearly seen as an English girl and not seen as an African. So it's difficult to feel fully accepted by either culture. In England we are seen as African, in Africa we are seen as English. So there is not a place where we can fully belong.

However, I do feel as though as we become 3rd and 4th generation British citizens we are creating our own culture of Black African British people.

 

How did you get involved with the project in the first place?

 

I met Anthony Vander about a year or more ago and he reached out to me and asked me to be involved.

 

What can you tell us about Housemates' director (and co-star) Anthony Vander [Anthony Vander interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?

 

I love working with Anthony, which is why I said yes to Housemates with no hesitation. He is incredibly talented and humble. His worth ethic is so admirable.

It's always a lot of fun to collaborate with him, as he just makes it easy and comfortable. It's refreshing to work with a genuine soul. Anthony is definitely destined for huge things and I’m excited to see where his career goes.

 

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

Shooting Housemates was one of the most fun shoots I have worked on. The cast and crew were all so energetic and funny. It was such a fun process because the crew just gelled and got on so well.

Plus Anthony’s mum kept us going with her AMAZING food!

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

I have a short film coming soon called Don’t Speak, it’s centered on abuse, and follows 4 women's stories. It talks about the important issues which people are usually afraid to discuss, but it is important to shed light on this topic.

 

What got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

I have always loved performing. As a child I was that girl getting up in front of the class to sing or perform a dance routine! Haha! But the moment I knew I wanted to really take it seriously was in secondary school, when I was cast as the lead in Macbeth for a performance at the Middle Temple Hall. My drama teachers in school really inspired me.

 

From what I know, you have an extensive career as a stage actress - so do talk about your theatre work for a bit, and how does performing in front of a live audience compare to acting in front of a camera - and which do you prefer, really?

 

The buzz you get from a live audience is a unique feeling. I don’t get as nervous in front of a camera. However, the nerves you get on stage give you adrenaline and help bring out a unique performance. I think it's more difficult keeping that momentum up whilst filming for camera as there are multiple takes and longer performance periods.

With theatre you bounce off the person you're performing with, the scenes build in momentum as it progresses and that aids your performance. But with screen work you do scenes in small chunks and have to keep each take as fresh and powerful as the last, even after 4 or 5 takes.

At the moment though I am loving working in front of the camera and want to focus more on that.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Housemates?

 

I have been working with some really talented filmmakers doing some short indie films. I’ve done some commercial work too but nothing compares to working with new up and coming filmmakers as their passion and drive is infectious.

 

How would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?

 

I would say I am more of a dramatic actress and I am drawn to dramatic pieces. I love to challenge myself with characters who are going through tough situations as it challenges me emotionally.

I use emotional recall and reactions to the dialogue to help bring out my performance. I create a backstory for my character and create them as a full person outside of the script. So I imagine what happened before and what might happen after, to give them a bit more depth.

 

Actresses (and indeed actors) who inspire you?

 

Gabrielle Union. She is so talented and comes across as a real person rather than a perfect celebrity who seems to have it all. You can clearly see she works so hard and it shows through her performance.

Leonardo DiCaprio is also one of my favourites. He is so talented and becomes a completely different person in each of his roles.

 

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Harry Potter - all of them!

 

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Instagram: Jade_Abode

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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

Nope!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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