Actress Rabby Bray says the widespread notion that actresses sleep with top politicians to fund their lavish lifestyle has had a negative impact on hardworking actresses like herself.
Speaking to Graphic Showbiz, Rabby says that it’s only a few bad nuts amongst them that have managed to soil their names. ‘It is sad that today when you mention that you are an actress, the first thing that comes to mind is slay queen, nudity and prostitution. This has gone on for long and it seems not to bother us but it should because it is not a good thing’, she said.
She further added; ‘Acting is a beautiful experience, it is a decent career so just because of a few bad lots, everyone has been classified as the same. I know of actresses who are managers and entrepreneurs so why won’t we make that deliberate effort to clear that negative perception. For me, I am speaking up because it is like we are comfortable being labelled as such,’ she said.
When asked how she feels about being a victim of circumstances, Rabby replied that ‘it’s very annoying, I feel so bad because of a few people, we all have been put into a box. For instance, I’m an actor, a producer, and also in the corporate world, I work very hard so it is not fair that we are all seen as the same.
‘I believe it is time we speak against such negative descriptions. An actress cannot own property without people saying, there is some ‘Papa No’ behind it, not everyone needs a ‘Papa No’ to survive,’ the Black Sheep actress said.
Rabby says it’s one of the reasons why she has introduced a new reality to show to groom upcoming actors so they project a new perspective for the industry. ‘This is why I’m on this initiative Rabby’s Starlets, where we teach actresses what acting is really about, the importance of signing a contract and being innovative. We are equipping them so that they can also help fight this stereotype. Actresses are not prostitutes.
Again, we also want to help change the narrative that there is overnight success in the movie industry, the glitz and glamour cannot happen overnight, it takes time, a lot of hard work and dedication.
We also tell them the truth in the industry, the struggles and challenges and how they should tackle them. I hope that with my little contribution, gradually we can change the narrative,’ she said.