So we have introduced you to the producer of the film, you have also met one of the lead male characters and now…well our #VIRIDiaries series continues as we introduce you to a lead female character.
VIRI is one of the first films within our newly created Cameroon Film Industry that truly believes in its potential to go viral and touch a much wider audience than its predecessors. Enlisting us as their PR partner was quite a leap by the producer Nkanya as the promotion side of our Cameroon made films has never been considered important.
Today we meet a charming, elegant beauty…her name is…
MMPR: TELL US WHO YOU ARE AS WELL AS WHAT MOTIVATES AND INSPIRE YOU.
SF: My name is Stephanie Fonachi. I am an administrator by day and an actress, a model and a blogger by night! I have always loved acting and it is one of my biggest passion. I have always known I was born to be a star ever since I was a kid as I love the camera, so acting was just something natural for me to do. Stars like Genevieve Nnaji and Sanaa Lathan inspire me a lot and I just love these ladies.
MMPR: TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IN THE MOVIE AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE.
SF: I play the lead female character Liza, a young beautiful lawyer who finds herself in a complicated relationship with another lawyer. She is scared to fully commit to the relationship and to take it to the next level because of the deceptions in her past relationships. They go through struggles in their relationship but the end seems to be promising with a spectacular event at the end. You will have to watch it to find out! She’s just an exceptional strong character with a soft side!
MMPR: HOW HARD WAS IT FOR YOU TO PLAY THIS ROLE?
SF: Oh wow, the forest scenes where so challenging. It was really hard shooting in the forest however the role itself was enough to handle.
MMPR: WHAT OTHER PROJECTS HAVE YOU WORKED ON?
SF: VIRI is actually my 3rd project. I did The Giant Broom where I had a small role some years back and I also did Pink Poison by Agbor Gilbert playing one of the lead female characters.
MMPR: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST CHALLENGING ROLE YET?
SF: VIRI has been my most challenging role yet.
MMPR: WE HAVE TALKED TO THE OTHERS INVOLVED IN VIRI WHO MADE US KNOW THAT THIS WAS NO ORDINARY SET, IN YOUR OPINION WHAT WAS NOT ORDINARY ABOUT IT?
SF: The crew /casts were so amazing. I enjoyed every moment spent working with these people. It just made shooting so much easier.
MMPR: USUALLY MOST ACTOR’S PERFORMANCES STEM FROM THE SCRIPT, THE PRODUCER TO THE DIRECTOR. WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORKING WITH THESE RESPECTIVE STIMULATORS FOR VIRI?
SF: Johnscott was an amazing director. He just made me feel so comfortable and confident due to his ever large patience. The script was excellent, the writer Delphine did an absolutely great job and the producer Nkanya, he was so cool and easy to work with. The other actors were just amazing and easy to work with as well. I had a great time working with Desmond, Alenne and the others. It was really an amazing experience working with everyone involved in the project.
MMPR: AN ACTOR’S MOST FULFILLING MOMENT IS TO PORTRAY CHARACTERS PEOPLE CAN RELATE TO AND IDENTIFY WITH. WHAT IS IT ABOUT LIZA THAT WOMEN CAN IDENTIFY WITH?
SF: Liza is a beautiful smart career woman but she still has this soft warm side that makes her accessible and she also has struggles in her relationship which most women have. She is just easygoing with a fun kind of bad girl side.
MMPR: WHO IN TERMS OF PERFORMANCE MADE YOUR JOB MOST EASY?
SF: Working with Desmond was just amazing. It was my first time meeting him and working with him but it just felt so easy as we instantly had a great connection on set. He is a cute guy too that helped (she laughs) and Alenne just made me laugh throughout. It was so hard keeping a straight face when shooting with him. He is an amazing actor. I can`t wait to work with him again.
MMPR: WHERE IN YOUR OPINION IS OUR FILM AND ENTERTAINMENT AT TODAY?
SF: We are still building it and we need Cameroonians to believe in it. We have it all in Cameroon and we will definitely make a difference in the nearest future I believe in the Cameroon Entertainment Industry. We are UNIQUE!!
MMPR: VIRI LAST WORD?
SF: VIRI is setting the standards high and I find it wonderful that young people are working so hard to bring the Cameroon Film Industry to the light and show the world that we have talented people in Cameroon too from great actors to DOPs to makeup artists to producers and musicians etc. We have it all in Cameroon but the sad part is we do not have investors because Cameroonians do not believe in their talents. So, we therefore urge you Cameroonians to believe in us, to encourage us and to help us change the face of our entertainment industry because we have that UNIQUE diversity in Africa. Nevertheless, watch out for Liza and Seal in VIRI. You will just love this couple!!
Check out some images of Liza aka Stephanie onset and off!
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