Not a Stranger on Our TV Screens, Outstanding Actress Rachel Hellen Waithira Up-Close On Uncut Interviews..

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If you have seen her in action or on set , then you will agree with me that she is a natural actor who completely absorbs herself into the role. She is an award winning actress whose career started in 2007. She talks to me about how she started her acting career , the Kenyan film industry, her love for fashion, professionalism in the general entertainment industry and so much more.

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MUTURA 8/10

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NAIJA MOVIES 6/10

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CONDOMS 10/10

INSTAGRAM 7/10

Q. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?

A. I am a positive person – if we hang out I will hype you up into believing in yourself. I am Ambivert when it comes to social interactions.  I focus more on the solution and not the problem.

Q. WHAT DO YOU DO?

A.I am an Actress and Commercial Model

”Local film makers cannot be paying the same licenses as someone from abroad.  The license fees are so high they eat into the budget and compromise the quality of production”.

Q. WHAT TV SHOWS AND MOVIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN?

A. Currently I play the role of Anita in “Uriru Wa Wendo ” a Kikuyu Tv series on Inooro TV shows every Wednesday at 8:30pm

Previously I played the role of “Gabby” in Tabasamu (Citizen TV), I played “Lucy” in Jane and Abel (Maisha magic), I played “Deka” in Sweetest Taboo (Star times) and I played “Eve” in Maisha (K24)

Q. I REALIZE YOU ARE SO MUCH INTO FASHION. WHAT’S YOUR STYLE?

A. I prefer skirts and dresses. My style is simple (because I love fitting, comfortable outfits,) timeless:  I pick pieces I can wear 10-20yrs from now.

Q. I HAVE SEEN YOU ACTING AND I WAS LIKE ”WOW!” WHERE DID YOU LEARN THAT AND HOW DID IT START?

A. As a kid I was shy and reserved. Acting is what has helped me be more comfortable in front of people.

I’ve learned acting through practice. In my early school years I used to perform Solo verses,  skits and took part in choral verses. Performing theatre has also played a big part in shaping my talent. Right after I graduated from high school, I was privileged to join planets theatre and festival of creative arts where I continued to nurture my talent and then shortly after I got into TV advertisements and Acting In Tv programs.

Q. TAKE ON KENYAN FILM INDUSTRY?

A. Comparing to where we were years back,  we are at a good place.  There’s a strong presence of Kenyan content on Maisha Magic plus,  Netflix and the quality coming out is international quality.

Q. WHAT MAJOR DIFFERENCES ARE THERE BETWEEN KENYA AND NIGERIA IN TERMS OF FILM PRODUCTION AND CONTENT?

A. Nollywood if you compare with Kenya produce lots of movies. volumes make a big difference. if you go to Netflix there are like 100 different movies from Nollywood. When you look for Kenyan movies you find just a handful of them.

We are also lacking in consumption. Kenyans prefer to watch other movies other than our own Kenyan productions. Kenyans will go to Netflix and look for a Hollywood movie instead of watching local content. Kenyans have a mindset that whatever comes from outside is better. and if we don’t change that mindset and support our own industry this industry will never grow.

Q. WHAT CAN WE CHANGE IN OUR FILM INDUSTRY, TO GET LONGEVITY AND QUALITY FOR EXAMPLE?

A. Local film makers cannot be paying the same licenses as someone from abroad.  The license fees are so high they eat into the budget and compromise the quality of production.

Q. I SAW YOU ON A BILLBOARD… TELL ME ABOUT THAT,

A. Yes. I am one of the models In the ‘WOOOW ‘ marketing campaign for Amaize flour. It was such a fun shoot.

Q. WHAT DOES PROFESSIONALISM IN THE GENERAL ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY MEAN TO YOU?

A. Professionalism to me is respect. giving respect and expecting it back.

Q. MOST ATTRACTIVE QUALITIES IN A MAN

A. A selfless man, Kind, emotionally intelligent, caring, responsible, and generous.

Q. BEST WAY TO GET YOUR ATTENTION

A. Showing me respect and being kind to others.

Q. MOST OUTRAGEOUS FASHION TRENDS IN KENYA TODAY

A. •Biker shorts- growing up biker shorts were often worn underneath clothes. nowadays they are being worn as pants.

• The extra-long nails- my question is how do you wipe?

Q. WHAT SOUNDS LIKE A COMPLIMENT BUT ITS ACTUALLY AN INSULT

A. • May you have the day you deserve.    •It’s a good thing you’re cute. 

Q. ARE YOU IN A RELATIONSHIP

A. I am single and emotionally unavailable but I am open to friendship. 

Q. DRUGS AND ALCOHOL?

A. No. I don’t take any alcohol or drugs though I do like to have fun but I don’t need alcohol or drugs to have fun.

Q. YOU HAVE WON AWARDS BEFORE, HOW WAS THAT

A. Yes.  I won an award for best lead actress for “Anita” the role I play in “Uriru Wa Wendo.” It is my very first award so far. Tip for anyone who’s shy and uncomfortable in big crowds of people – always prepare an acceptance speech.

Q. WHAT’S ON YOUR BUCKETLIST?

• To travel the world • Go bungee jumping • Take a hot air balloon ride • Attend the Olympics

Q. NETFLIX AND CHILL OR CLUBBING

A. Netflix and chill

YOUTUBE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCp1c4cQ5hLeiM9B6N7m7Ug

INSTAGRAM https://www.instagram.com/rachellenythira/?hl=en

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