Fast-rising Nigerian actress, Genoveva Umeh, has revealed that she is a lawyer, but she abandoned legal practice to explore a career in the movie industry.
The star of Far From Home revealed that she is a British immigrant, and the sacrifices her parents made for was enough to see the need to study law as a backup plan.
According to Genoveva, she chose acting as a career path because she was passionate about the profession.
The fun-loving screen diva said her career is just taking off and she is excited about future prospects but she doesn’t expect anybody to see her as a role model because she does not want to be driven by the urge to make decisions based on public expectations.
The actress said; “My career has only just started and I’m grateful for how versatile the roles that I’ve played are and on huge platforms as well. Any role that allows me to transform, I would obviously do well. I love to challenge myself. I don’t like to take on the same role twice. Every character is kind of different.
“I picked acting because I’m extremely passionate about it. It was almost as though I couldn’t shake it. Essentially, I realised that it was something that made me the happiest. Although, I thought it was a hobby. I figured that I was really talented and I was really passionate about it.
“For my law degree, I wanted it for backup because at the end of the day, I’m a first-generation immigrant and I understand how hard my parents worked to get me to the United Kingdom. I didn’t want to let them down because that would be too selfish.”
Speaking further, she said she sees herself does not want to be intoxicated by the fame.
Genoveva said; “I think my only challenge is I still want to be myself, I still want to do great work and I don’t want to get caught up in the fame. Those are the things I want to focus on.
“Also, as much as people are really inspired by my work, I don’t think of myself as a role model. I’m not a role model, I’m just someone who cares about her work and if people are inspired by that, that’s great.
“But I don’t want people to attach themselves to everything I do or hold me accountable for certain decisions that I make. I want to live free, I want to be myself and I still want to do great work without the pressure of people’s expectations.”