Folake Olowofoyeku plays Minerva Jefferson, a kick ass diva who decides to join a deadly car race in Death Race 2050. She also starred in Female Fight Club and the David Bowie video “The Next Day.” We got a chance to chat with Olowofoyeku about her work in the films, her music career and what she geeks out about. Check out what she has to say. Death Race 2050 will be released on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and digital HD on January 17, 2017.
Legion of Leia: Tell us about your experience on Female Fight Club. Tell us about your role and what sort of training you went through.
Folake Olowofoyeku: Female Fight Club is a female empowering film about loyalty and family. I play Winter, who is this intimidating looking female fighter but turns out to be just a jokester and very much the class clown. She is fiercely loyal but her humor and enthusiasm is most appreciated in this dark and somber world. I was already training in Krav Maga before I began working on this, so we just added on some fight choreography to prepare for my fight scenes.
Legion of Leia: I’ve seen all the Death Race movies so far. What’s the story with Death Race 2050? How much driving did you do?
Folake Olowofoyeku: Death Race 2050 is a remake of the original 1975 cult classic Death Race 2000. Our film stays true to this style. Set in a satirical, post-apocalyptic corporate America, I play Minerva Jefferson who is already a famous, no-holds-barred, rock-star, diva but decides to join the race for reasons unknown. While we spent a great deal of time shooting inside my vehicle, we had an amazing stunt driver who did all of the actual driving.
Legion of Leia: How do you manage balancing your music career and acting career?
Folake Olowofoyeku:I consider acting my “9 to 5” — a career that I love very much and I’m happy to pack on an extra 10 hours a day whenever needed. I consider music my perpetual passion project; it’s a creative outlet where I’m in control of my content and performance.
Legion of Leia: David Bowie’s “The Next Day” is one of my favorite videos of all time. What was it like to film? Tell us about working with Bowie.
Folake Olowofoyeku: ‘The Next Day’ music video was the first of two videos I shot with Mr Bowie. It was a full day of shooting on an intimate set in Los Angeles. Before that, all us three band members had a day of rehearsals with our director, where we met Mr Bowie for the first time and performed the track as we had learnt it. He was extremely kind and welcoming. It was a truly priceless experience to watch him in his element, talk to him about his life and share stories about mine. He was very approachable, interested and very kind.
Legion of Leia: What are your interests outside of performance? We’re a geek site and I’d love to know if you’re into any geeky stuff like comic books or video games.
Folake Olowofoyeku: I’m a fantasy/adventure geek. Part of the reason I chose to be an actor was to be in these types of films. My dream role is Blood-Storm from the X-men alternate universe. I’m a gamer; I enjoying playing video games. My favorites are the RockStar games. I’ve beat them all! It was a goal of mine to voice a video-game character and a couple of months ago I began working on what I know will be a game changer. They are doing some very pioneering stuff.
I studied audio engineering, so I geek out about sounds and sonic art. I also train in Krav Maga (Isrealil Martial Arts) and play basketball in recreational leagues around Los Angeles.