Jonan Brian Kisibo has starred in Down This Road I Walk, Tendo Sisters, and lately, he is in the cast of Power of Legacy series on NTV. He spoke to Phionah Nassanga.
When did you start acting?
As far as I remember, I have been acting all my life because I understand life is all about acting. Whatever we do in life is related to arts and acting is one of them. However, acting became my occupation in 2007. My first movie was Down this road I walk, written by Mariam Ndagire. I was given the main role as Fed. This is where the journey started.
What has been the highlight of your career?
I haven’t achieved much yet and sometimes I get demoralised because of the dreams I had when I was starting out. But I believe I will get there someday.
Any childhood memories?
Being the last born, I had enough time with my parents. But my mother would not spare the rod. Each time I did anything wrong, her Umoja slipper would come in handy.
What are your life principles?
This profession requires a lot of discipline. I have seen good actors lose their roles, which is why discipline is key.
How do you manage anger?
I walk away; because if I stay, I am capable of harming someone. I close myself up and cry. Once I have calmed down, I come back.
How do you deal with stalkers?
When I started out I was about 18 years and it was so good each time I was somewhere and heard girls scream. But as I grew older, such things don’t move me anymore. When you send texts and I do not respond, you will eventually move on.
What do you find attractive in a woman?
Intellect. This is the kind of woman that I would easily connect with. After that, I would also consider the beauty and a nice body.
Is there something that people don’t know about you?
People do not know me. I have eight lives like a cat; you will find a very happy Jonan today, the next day you will find a very mean Jonan. The next day you will find an introvert and in a few hours, I will be a talkative character. Some people have seen me crazy, but the next day we meet, I can hardly say a word. I have so many personalities and people find it difficult to understand me.
What is your take on domestic violence?
I have grown up with both parents and have never seen them raise a hand at each other. So I do not understand why a man would beat a woman.
If a woman approached you and said she likes you, how would you react?
I would give her a chance because, in our generation, women should never wait for men to chase after them. Actually, I would like to know that person more because it takes courage for a woman to do such a thing.
Would you go with your wife to the labour suite?
I would think about it first. A friend once intimated to me that he went there, but in less than five seconds, he was throwing up and running out. If she does not insist, I would rather stay out.
If asked to give relationship advice, what would that be?
We do not choose who we love, but our hearts do.
What do you do during your free time?
I love spending time alone in a quiet place because this is when my brain goes to work. And during this time I can think, project, plan and write.
You will find a very happy Jonan today, the next day you will find a very mean man. One day you will find an introvert and in a few hours, I will be the talkative character. Some people have seen me crazy, but the next day we meet and I can hardly say a word. I have so many personalities and people find it difficult to understand me.