Interview with Caroline Chikezie | Feeling Good
When we find our way to raise our vibration and reach a state of joy, satisfaction and appreciation, we appear to be one with the Universe. This could be achieved by engaging in meditation, listening to our favorite music, or just observing something that we consider beautiful. When we feel good, our creative juices flow with ease, hence in that state, every inspired action will be only beneficial to us.
Actress Caroline Chikezie, who can be seen as Dr. Major Nichole Sykes in Fox’s new Vampire drama, The Passage seems to agree with that sentiment when she says,
“Experiencing joy during the creative process is very important to me as it opens me up creatively and floods me with new ideas and inspiration. (…)”
In this interview, you will discover how Caroline’s self-awareness of her inner state of being is reflected in everything she endeavors.
- Please introduce yourself briefly. Who, in your own words, is Caroline Chikezie?
I am an inquisitive soul who loves nothing more than to love, learn, grow and laugh.
- You are British of Nigerian descent and currently, reside in LA. How has your multicultural background enhanced you personally and professionally?
Being British means that I don’t take myself too seriously, which I think helps when you’re in my profession! My Nigerian side means that I was raised to be very studious which comes in very handy when you have loads of lines to learn! Residing in LA means that I get to enjoy a healthy lifestyle of lots of sunshine, healthy eating and exercise.
- What was the moment you said ‘I am an actor’ or have you always carried that feeling within yourself?
I think I’ve always carried myself with that feeling. From the moment I saw the movie ‘Bugsy Malone’ at the age of four or five I was convinced I was going to be an actor, much to the horror of my family!
- How did you perceive the differences between the U.K. and the U.S. entertainment industry?
One major difference between the industries is that in the UK, once you’ve auditioned and won the role, the job is pretty much yours. In the U.S., even after securing the role, you’re still being assessed during the table read, whilst filming, etc. It certainly keeps you on your toes!
- There are many talents paving their way within the entertainment industry, however, not all of them succeed in getting to do what they want to do. How do your beliefs about yourself shape the idea of possibilities to experience what you desire most?
I think when trying to turn dreams into reality, self-love and acceptance of exactly who you are is key. I believe that if you can find a way to feel good about yourself you’ll be able to attract your highest desires. Music and dancing help me feel good.
- As an actress, how does the becoming of so many different personalities mold your authentic self and vice-versa?
I think my authentic self attracts the roles it feels most in alignment with and also affects how I choose to portray a character. I’m not sure if the roles mold my authentic self in any way.
- You play Dr. Major Nichole Sykes in Fox’s new Vampire drama, The Passage, which is based on the book trilogy by Justin Cronin and premiered on January 14, 2019. What’s the narrative behind the series script?
The Passage focuses on Project NOAH, which is a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race. My character, Dr. Major Nichole Sykes is the lead scientist tasked with finding a cure for a global pandemic.
- What was the audition process like for the role of Dr. Sykes, who, in the original book was a male character rewritten into a female one?
I put myself on tape for the role and was then invited to screen test in Los Angeles. I met with Liz Heldens (showrunner/writer) and Jason Ensler (Executive producer/director) who must’ve been incredibly open (thank God!) about who they were willing to cast in the role because as far as I know ‘Sykes’ wasn’t written as Black British. I liked them both instantly, they made the audition process relatively painless.
- Dr. Sykes is the Head of Project Noah. How does she feel about her responsibility to help find a cure to avoid a global epidemic?
She knows it’s a heavy burden but reasons that someone has to do it and she feels equipped for the job, so why not her! She understands that the decisions she makes could have severe consequences but she’s willing to deal with any outcome.
- How do Dr. Sykes’ values affect the challenges she meets?
Dr. Sykes has a lot of integrity. She wouldn’t put anyone through anything she wouldn’t be willing to do herself. She would happily take the place of Amy and be experimented on if she could.
- How would you describe the relationship between Dr. Sykes and an orphaned black girl named Amy?
At first, their relationship is strained because of the circumstances (Amy being used as a test subject as ordered by Sykes) but as the story progresses a powerful bond is formed between them.
- All humans operate from their perspective. In that sense, sometimes the lines of the concept of ‘wrong’ and ‘right’ become blurry. What’s Dr. Sykes’ truth that motivates her to make the decisions she does?
Dr. Sykes’s truth is that the research shows that someone as young as Amy may come away relatively unscathed from her exposure to the virus. She believes that all things considered, the possibility that Amy’s participation could result in saving millions of lives makes it a risk worth taking.
- What other projects are you are currently working on?
There are a few movie scripts that have caught my eye, so fingers and toes crossed!
- Given the opportunity, what kind of character would you like to play in the future?
I’d love to play some sort of comic book superhero!
- With the knowledge you have now, what advice would you give your young adult self?
It may not always appear so but EVERYTHING that is happening is for your highest good so embrace it all, the good, the bad and the ugly!
- What is the most valuable thing you own?
My inner peace.
- African dances are also a passion of yours. How does the ritual of dancing, body movement, rhythm in unity with music add to your personal evolvement and your craft?
The drumming puts me in an almost trance-like state that makes me feel less self-conscious and allows the music to instruct me how to move my body. In this moment, I am truly free and in the present moment. It puts me in flow and from this place I am now open and able to create in all areas of my life.
- Are you involved in any charity organization or humanitarian cause, you would like to talk about?
My sister is in the early stages of setting up a charity to help end poverty in Africa. I’ll have more information as it progresses.
- The spirit of The Hedonist Magazine is The Essence of a Joyful Living. How does Joy during the creative process affect your own experience and in consequence the final manifestation of your actions?
Experiencing joy during the creative process is very important to me as it opens me up creatively and floods me with new ideas and inspiration. Before I work on my scripts I often listen to music or dance, it gets me ready to be receptive to the material I’m reading.
- When you hear: “You can be, do and have anything you want,” words by Abraham Hicks. What is your take on such a statement?
I know this statement to be true. It’s just a matter of being in alignment with what you’re wanting and matching the vibration of what you’re to trying to manifest.