If I wasn’t acting, I would definitely have been a singer – Mr. PWhyte
Idiaghe Osamudiamen Prince popularly known as Mr. PWhyte is a Nollywood Actor and hails from Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State. Born on the 29th of October, 1990 in Benin City, he is the first boy and second born in his family of eight.
An actor and an entrepreneur, he has featured in notable movies and comedy series including King Asemota, Commercial Wife, Jamal, Entrapped, Mama Jatto, Mr Pwhyte The Bus Driver and Kiriku, all produced by Slize Entertainment. Other movies include, My Last House Help, Blood of Enogie, Homecoming and Senior Man among many others. With hobbies including acting, singing, listening to music, traveling, camping, boat cruising, reading and so on, he tells The Guardian about discovering his love for acting, challenges he faces as an actor and movies he would like to do in the near future.
Tell us a bit about your growing up years?
Growing up, I was taught how to deal with life challenges and changes. I grew up in a family of eight (dad, mom and five siblings) and being the first male child though the second born, I was shouldered with some responsibilities like taking care of my siblings because I understood at a very early age the responsibility of a male child in the home. My parents never spared the cane as a correcting tool whenever needed because as we all know, “spare the rod and spoil the child “ so I took my own share of the cane over the years. Growing up in a neighborhood where everyone knew each other, I had to be careful, respectful and of good conduct, or else, news of any misconduct will get home before me and we know what that means. I had dreams as a child; I can remember when my teacher asked me what I wanted to be in future and I excitedly replied that I wanted to be a petroleum engineer but here I am today, an actor. My passion for entertainment led me into acting and I don’t regret being in this industry because I find joy here. I wasn’t allowed to go out with friends unless it’s school or church based. Sometimes, when my dad went out, I’ll sneak out to go see a friend who lived few blocks away from us and return before he gets back. The lectures, training, canes and advice I got, shaped me into becoming the man I am today.
How and when did you venture into acting?
I’ve always loved the entertainment industry. Growing up, I wanted to be a musical artist but along the line, fell in love with acting and I’ve been in the game since 2011, when I started nurturing and building my acting skills in my church. I started with acting programs before taking the bold step of joining Nollywood.
You recently headlined a new online series; tell us about this and your experience so far?
Mr. Pwhyte the bus driver and Kiriku is a comedy series produced by Slize Entertainment that tells the story of a young bus driver that likes women and his arrogant conductor. It’s an interesting series that will blow your mind and I played the role of the bus driver.
What other things have you been involved in asides acting?
Apart from acting, I also sell different sawmill materials. I’ve been in this business for a couple of years now and it’s a part of me. I am also into real estate.
How would you define your style?
For my acting style, I like being simple and assume a simple posture. There are many methods which actors use but being simple has really helped me fit into any character and make it look real.
What is your favourite fashion piece and something you would never leave home without?
Native attire. I feel really comfortable wearing native. I also can be found in jeans and a top. Something I can’t leave home without is my wristwatch; I like to keep track of time always to the extent that some call me ‘accurate time keeper’.
Who inspires you?
Morgan Freeman and Will Smith.
If you weren’t acting, what would you have been doing?
I’ll probably be singing.
Mention three things that make you happy?
Entertainment, hanging out with my friends and being with my family.
What are your hobbies, what do you enjoy doing?
Acting, being on a boat, singing, listening to good music, traveling, reading and camping.
Being a known face, are there things you used to do/places you used to go that you can no longer do or go?
It hasn’t stopped me from going places I used to go or doing things I used to do because I am still that guy with a simple life style.
What kind of movies would you like to feature in, in the near future?
Films that would help develop or change society’s mindset; films that will reflect what changes are needed in the society. Also, films that would help relieve stress and tension from viewers.
Can you say there has been any challenge so far nurturing your career and the entire industry?
I’ve been in the industry for some years now and there are lots of challenges like being unrated, being looked down upon as upcoming but all these challenges just help me build myself and stand firm. As the saying goes, “the road to success is full of thorns,“ big success does not come without big challenges and only those who confront the challenges can have success.
What is your philosophy of life?
No great star without a scar.