Get To Know: Hope Olaide Wilson + Kwesi Boakye
Kwesi Boakye and Hope Olaide Wilson are the next aspiring African actors to break into Hollywood thanks to TYLER PERRY. (Isn’t it great to see young Africans getting their due time in the mainstream film industry?)
BOAKYE (of GHANA) and WILSON (of NIGERIA) co-star as siblings in Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself which debut nationwide on Friday, September 11th. HOPE who portrayed the angry teenager named JENNIFER held her own against the all-star cast TARAJI P HENSON, MARY J BLIGE, BRIAN WHITE, TYLER PERRY, ADAM RODRIGUEZ, GLADYS KNIGHT and Pastor MARVIN WAYANS. KWESI added comical relief in each scene he appeared in.
The film starts with 16-year-old JENNIFER (WILSON) and her two younger brothers (PUFFY & BIGGIE<- inside joke from Madea) breaking into Madea’s home. Trouble begins when Madea quickly discovers that the kids have been on the street and she sends them back to their heavy-drinking nightclub singer Aunt April (HENSON). Aunt April has trouble of her own via her abusive married boyfriend but her attitude towards life gradually changes thanks to Sandino (RODRIGUEZ), an Mexican immigrant sent over by her Pastor. Do read the full synopsis over at IMDB.
Check out HOPE and KWESI in action via the following clips taken from the film.
“WHEN I GROW UP”
PERRY has a knack for spotting child stars in the making as evident by the careers of TIFFANY EVANS and KEKE PALMER.
I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF TRAILER
MARY J BLIGE I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF VIDEO
Taraji P. Henson on KWESI & HOPE:
How was it working with the two child actors [Kwesi Baokye nad Frederick Siglar] as well as Hope [Oladie Wilson, who plays a 16-year-old but is actually 22].
They have very bright futures ahead of them. They were the consummate professionals. They were so incredible and uninhibited and willing to explore and go that extra mile. They’re like sponges, because they’re kids. They want to please, they want to do good. We would always forget that Hope is a grown woman. We’d say, let’s go get a drink, and we’d always forget about Hope, because she looks like she’s 14.
Was it hard to be mean to the younger kids in those early scenes?
Very hard, because I’m a nurturer by nature. I love children. Sometimes I wouldn’t be hard enough, and Tyler would come over and whisper some of the most horrible things for me to say to these kids to get the reaction that he needed. And he’d yell cut, and I’d be like, oh my God, I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean it. And they’d be like, it’s OK, we know you were just acting Miss Henson. [CINEMABLEND]
QUICK FACTS ON HOPE OLAIDE WILSON
- Her next film role is opposite KERRY WASHINGTON in LIFE IS HOT IN CRACKTOWN.
- Her full name is Hope Adjoko Olubunkonla Olaide Wilson
- Grew up in England and Nigeria.
- Worked as a nursing assistant.
- Her actual age is 22 but she looks younger!
- Graduated with honors from high school at age 15
QUICK FACTS ON KWESI BOAKYE
- Did a voice over spot for HAPPY FEET
- Appeared on Ashton Kutcher’s MTV series, PUNK’D
- Will co-star alongside RAY ROMANO in the TNT TV series MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE this Summer.
[thanks JAMATI & BLACKCELEBKIDS!]