Published on January 1st, 2017 | by gareth0
We Talk Death Race 2050 With Actress Folake Olowofoyeku
Recently I spoke with actress and musician Folake Olowofoyeku, who will next be seen in Universal Pictures’ “Death Race 2050”. Folake was kind enough to speak to us about her future projects.
What can you tell us about your character in “Death Race 2050″?
I play Minerva Jefferson. She is a fearless diva and rockstar with strong opinions and bold style. In this post-apocalyptic world of ‘Death Race 2050’, she is exactly the type of person you want on your team. She is able to survive by being sexy, militant, street-wise and scholarly. She believes her success as a rockstar and her survival in this world depends on a larger than life facade.
How did you prepare for the role?
I watched a lot of footage of famous personalities. A lot!
What was working with the cast like? Do you have any special moments from filming you can share?
We had a lot of special moments actually. We shot in Lima, Peru, so the entire cast from Los Angeles stayed at this hotel overlooking the ocean. We had a sort of ‘Death Race’ takeover of the hotel because we were occupying almost 80-90% of their rooms. We went on bike excursions on our days off (someone almost fell off a cliff), explored some ruins, the beach (someone almost broke their knee), found the best ceviche and pisco sours. It was great!
Manu Bennett was also like a big brother; very welcoming, encouraging and forthcoming. I appreciated all his insight.
What can you tell us about “Female Fight Club” and your role in the film?
It’s a film about female comradery and girl power. I play a fighter named Winter. She comes across as very intimidating but she’s really just the class clown. She has a lot of heart, and her enthusiasm brings a lightness to their world.
How did you get into acting? Why did you want to pursue it?
I got into acting because I was told I couldn’t be a musician. My young mind devised a plan — I’d blind-side my parents who were opposed to a career in music by becoming an actor and then segue back into music.
What do you look for when you consider a part?
I look for realism, depth, range, truth and strength.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I’m always up for an adventure. I travel a lot. I love making music, playing basketball, dancing, krav-maga (Israeli Martial Arts), being in/around bodies of water, and conceptualizing furniture/interior decorating.
What other projects do you have coming up?
There’s a huge video game I’m so proud and honored to be a part of. I can’t say anymore than that for now though!