Profile: Majid Michel

“I don’t want to just entertain – I want to hit the very soul of the viewers,” says Majid Michel in the interview posted below, made by Erawoc Bros Group and Digiglobal Media.

Michel, the recipient of Nollywood & African Film Critics Award for Best Actor in 2011 as well as the African Movie Academy Awards for Best Actor in 2012, sat down for the wide-ranging interview recently, touching on his introduction to acting (“I started the same old way– my neighbor said ‘you want to make some money?’”), his commitment to method acting (e.g. playing Christ-like characters and how to get himself out of breath), and American films (“American films made America”).

Michel, the son of a Lebanese father and a Ghanaian mother, grew up the youngest of 9 children in Accra, where he began his acting career.  He found early success Ghanaian TV series The Things We Do for Love, and has since played in “close to 50” features.  He’s won recent critical acclaim for Bursting Out (pictured above), starring opposite Genevieve Nnaji, and directed by Desmond Elliot, Daniel Ademinokan.

In his interviews, Michel is quite the conversationalist; check out more interviews with Ghanalinx TV here and with AMCNigeria here.

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