Gracing the cover of “Art of Superwoman Magazine”, is Netflix’s Country Queen Lead Role Actor Melissa Kiplagat.
An internationally trained actress, Melissa Kiplagat stars as Akisa, an event planner who leaves Nairobi for the village to confront a past she evaded for 10 years on Netflix first homegrown series, Country Queen.
As one of the leading ladies on Netflix Africa for the “Art of Superwoman Magazine”, she deserves all the praise coming at her.
First of all, After years of waiting, Kenya finally managed to have its first-ever series on Netflix, ‘County Queen’ & Melissa delivered, to the best of her abilities; after nailing an audition that she only saw first on a WhatsApp group.
Kenya’s most celebrated thespians join her, among them, is Nini Wacera, Raymond Ofula, Shiks Kapyenga, Blessing Lung’aho, & Robert Agengo.
Melissa Kiplagat hates bad drivers, she feels that there is need to have honest and open conversations when it comes to men/women dynamics, gender equality.
She believes that men cannot be honest about things and therefore we need to create spaces where we can open up.
On being a parent & still chasing your dreams-
Being a mum is empowering, it gives you a purpose and a drive. It is magicalMelissa
What I think about what people perceive me as-
Am very kind, I have a good heart, am very conscious.
On selection of characters-
I love raw, layered characters, kind of ‘Viola Davis’ characters. I use emotions to bring out most of my characters. I would love to play Wangari Maathai, in a biopic, that’s raw.Melissa
On the wildest thing she has ever done-
I do not really do crazy things, I want to sky dive,
But the craziest thing I do, I always want to be as cautious as possible, I want to be safe.
Melissa is very protective of her family, she can not answer questions about her family.
Questions that touch on their vulnerabilities, I can not answer.Melissa
I love how powerful women are. Women are so layered. You can not figure us out. Women are everything.Melissa
Country Queen, is the highlight of her career,
The quality highlighted just how much talent our industry has and the kind of gripping shows we can create if we believe in ourselves and have a government and platform that believes in us,”
About those asking how they can get acting opportunities, (effortlessly)