The soap opera queen, Caroline King, the veteran actress who studied Christian Religious Studies and had a diploma in Insurance is a pleasant personality. She is a mother and a wife. She hates it when a woman is battered in her marriage; maybe because she knows what a peaceful marriage or home is all about as she has been married for over three decades. Her first child is well over 30, hence, she is of the view that marriage should be enjoyed and not endured. She, therefore, advises married women whose marriage is life-threatening to leave while they are alive “and not wait until you are beaten to death,” she said. She acknowledges the fact that so many wife beaters seldom show signs of hostility during courtship. “Well, if while courting he didn’t show any sign that he would beat you up and now you are married to him and he raises his hands on you at the slightest provocation, watch it! My own advice still remains, that there should be distance between both of you. And then, you start to pray for God to touch him. Else, if you stay there, you may die; he may beat you to death. We have instances here and there.
What of the young banker who was killed by her husband, remember? In fact, physical abuse is not for anybody to take in any situation. It’s not right!” Wonder what this celebrity who is supposed to be a pastor since she studied Christian Religious Studies doing in the acting world? “Passion took me to the acting world! Yes, it’s all about passion. It’s about what I have always wanted to do. You know most things are pre-ordained in life. I have always wanted to act, but I come from a family of professionals – lawyers, doctors and engineers; and my father was like, no way, I was supposed to study law! But I ended up studying what had nothing to do with Law (giggled). But thank God, I ended up being in the profession that I had always wanted which of course is acting,” she shrugged. That brings to her memory, her childhood: “Growing up was beautiful, it was nice. I come from a large family. I’m the first of six siblings. We are all seven in number. We are four girls and three boys. Seven of us; I’m the first. And it was always fun, you know, never a dull moment. It was nice really, it was a good experience. I grew up in Lagos, Kaduna and Zaria,” she recalled. Wonder what actually thrills her in the acting world? “For me, acting is all about entertaining and educating, that thrills me. And the fact that you impact so many lives at the same time by playing a particular character is fun. You might never get to meet all the people who are watching the program you are doing on TV, but at the end of the day, you are impacting on lives. That just blows my mind. That is what makes me love acting so much. Moreover, most of the roles that I play are characters that people can see themselves in.
That was really what drew me to acting. The fact that I could watch people on TV and I have never met them and as I’m watching, somebody in Kano State is watching that same program, another person in Kaduna is watching it as well. It’s amazing,” she giggled. Soap operas she has featured in? “I featured in the very popular soap opera titled Everyday People. I also starred in Edge of Paradise, Secret Love Story which is one of my favourites and then, most recently showing on TV is Tales of Eve, just to mention but a few,” she said. How she copes with fame is no big deal. “Do I really have any coping mechanism? I don’t have any way of coping with it. I’m a happy-go-lucky person. So, I always have a smile on my face, you know. It’s a beautiful thing to walk into a place and people recognize you, appreciate you and love you for who you are. So, I feel it’s a gift. I don’t cope with it in any way. I just flow with fame.
I go into a place, I receive the love, I give back the love and I’m happy,” she blinked. She always has smiles on her face all the time. But does that include her dull moments? “I try to put on a smile. Yes, there are those times I may not be in the mood to smile, but what do I do? You just have to smile and then, some people are very sensitive, when you frown or wear a long face, they would know. So, I always try to smile, no matter what,” she nodded. Guess what she has phobia for? “My worst fear is not making heaven if I drop dead. When I think of that, I’m scared, especially when they say the end of the world is here. I’m like, God I hope I would be able to see you, although we have all fallen short of the glory of God!”, she said, as a matter of fact. Though, the fear of not making heaven is skin deep, that does not stop her from unwinding if need be. “I love music. Listening to good music is unwinding for me,” she said. But when she is down? “I don’t like to see people when I’m down. I like to be on my own and just listen to gospel music, circular music, whichever music that takes my fancy. And then, I would walk it out of my head and pray; and then, come out of it by myself and move on,” she enthused.
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