…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Vivian Oparah: From Breakthrough Rom-Com to High-Octane Drama
The film “Rye Lane” emerged as a game-changer, redefining the romantic comedy genre and capturing the hearts of audiences and critics alike.
Vivian Oparah, the film’s star, discusses the film’s impact and the opportunities it has opened up for her career.
The Success of “Rye Lane”: “Rye Lane,” directed by Raine Allen-Miller, received widespread acclaim for its fresh take on the rom-com genre and its portrayal of a rarely seen side of London.
Oparah’s performance in the film marked her as a rising star, leading to numerous opportunities in the industry.
Impact of “Rye Lane”: Oparah shares that “Rye Lane” marked a new chapter in her career, opening doors to exciting prospects and incredible opportunities.
The film resonated with audiences, particularly those from black communities who felt a deep connection to the portrayal of their city.
Transition to a Different Role: While Oparah is recognized for her role in “Rye Lane,” her latest project, “Then You Run,” showcases her versatility as an actor.
The Sky drama series follows a group of teenage friends who find themselves entangled with dangerous drug dealers during a trip to Rotterdam.
This role differs greatly from the gentle romp through Rye Lane, presenting Oparah with a fresh challenge.
Embracing Diverse Characters: Oparah discusses her character in “Then You Run” named Stink, acknowledging the strong and disruptive energy she brings to a room.
Interestingly, the term “stink” has also become an endearing nickname among Oparah’s generation.
To portray such a forthright character, Oparah tapped into the hedonism of her own teenage years, fully immersing herself in the role.
The Thrill of Action: “Then You Run” offers a stark contrast to “Rye Lane,” featuring car chases, shoot-outs, and intense action sequences.
Oparah expresses her excitement and enjoyment of the new challenges presented by the series, including working with heavy artillery and witnessing intricate fight choreography.
Dreams and Aspirations: Beyond her acting career, Oparah is also involved in producing and performing music.
She envisions a future where she can explore various creative endeavors, from writing and scoring to acting.
Oparah is drawn to the idea of immersing herself in different worlds and acquiring new skills for roles, inspired by actors who have delved into unique experiences for their characters.
Future Possibilities: While a potential sequel to “Rye Lane” is uncertain, Oparah and co-star David Jonsson joke about the idea of keeping the same characters but changing the genre, with a horror film being the next installment.
Oparah also envisions a return to the film many years later, after both actors have had incredible careers, portraying their characters as older individuals.
Conclusion: Vivian Oparah’s journey from the breakout success of “Rye Lane” to her current role in “Then You Run” showcases her versatility as an actor.
With her passion for exploration and desire to immerse herself in different worlds, Oparah’s future in the industry looks promising.
As she continues to embrace diverse roles and projects, her talent and dedication shine through, making her a rising star to watch.
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