Stan Nze: When you work with actors that give good energy, what you create is magic
Stanley Ebuka Nzediegwu, professionally known as Stan Nze, is an actor, a producer and model. Born in Lagos, Nigeria to a businessman father and fashion designer mother as the first of five children, he obtained a bachelor degree in Computer Science from Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka. Nze also had training in acting at the Stella Damasus Arts Foundation. He made his acting debut in a 2009 TV series named Private Sector and his first major film role was in a 2013 movie titled Murder At Prime Suites where he played the role of a serial killer with bipolar affective disorder. Nze is known for his role in the 2020 remake of Amaka Igwe’s Rattlesnake, which earned him a nomination at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCAs) as best actor in a Drama. In this interview with IJEOMA THOMAS-ODIA, he shares his passion for acting and motivation for the craft.
How would you access your career growth in the industry?
It has been amazing; I’ve been nominated for the AMVCAs as best actor in a drama in a movie or TV series and I am hoping that fans who have seen the movie Rattlesnake, which I’m nominated for, will vote for me because it’s one of my biggest yet. I’m doing some other big things right now as well that I cannot talk about. We are in production and have already started shooting.
Tell us about your role in Rattlesnake
In Rattlesnake, I played Ahanna, a character who is really tired of life. He lost his dad and things took the wrong turn for him. It’s on Netflix now.
How challenging was it for you to play that role?
It’s one of the most challenging roles I’ve had to play, but working with Ramsey Nouah, who was my director made it pretty easy. I worked with amazing actors like Bucci Franklin, Osas Ighodaro, Echelon Mbadiwe and Efa Iwara. So, when you work with actors that give and feed you good energy, what you’ll create is magic. I’ve had some other TV films that stretched me a lot too, like Emela which is on ROK TV platform. The thing about Rattlesnake was just that I had to be in character for a long period of time because we shot for over a month. So, it was the movie that stretched me the most.
How have you evolved over the years?
I’ve evolved so much over the years. I started off doing one or two scenes on TV, until I got tired and decided that I wanted to do something bigger. Then I got my first lead in 2012 with The Benjamins. It was a case where only TV series could bring young actors out. I’ve done so many films that I thought would be the break for me but it didn’t happen as much as I wanted, so over the years I just kept on doing things. In 2015, I was on a film that went to the Toronto International film festival, Just Got Married. My colleagues on it got nominated but I didn’t. It was like I was at a bus stop for so long and I kept wondering when it would be my turn. But it looks like the sun and heaven are smiling on me right now.
What’s your impression about your brand at this point?
So far, I’ve become better at my craft and people are recognising me more now, hence the AMVCAs. Of course, there’s still so much work to be done because to whom much is given, much is expected. It’s time to work harder and do the work.
What lessons have you learnt in your years in the industry?
Be patient. Do not be in such a hurry to be famous. I made up my mind and said, ‘This would be for a whole lifetime, I’m going to be here for life and so I’m taking it all in.” I’m not travelling anytime soon, I’m not going to Canada, nor am I running away. We live here.
You also got married to a thespian, is that a part of your drive for the craft?
It tells you something, it’s a business for us, so we’re here to take it and take it all.
What’s your impression about the movie industry?
The movie industry is growing so well. Good thing for collaborations, we can see that the English movie industry is now collaborating with the Yoruba movie industry and all the others. So, Nollywood is coming together and that’s what we need to move the industry to the next level.
How would you describe your style?
My style is eccentric, daring, and civil at the same time.
What’s your favourite outfit?
That would be what I wore to the AMVCAs in 2020. It was a suit made with an Aso-oke material.
What are your hobbies?
I love swimming and worshipping.
If you were to change something in Nigeria today, what would that be?
I would change Nigeria’s governance and leadership because everything rises and falls on leadership. If the leaders are alright, the subordinates would be alright as well.