Vixen Exclusive: Director Yonie Solomon + Actress Helen Gedlu Talk ‘An Ethiopian Love’
Now, the movie dabbles in stereotypes and the down sides of relationships, too. What would you say is your worst dating experience to date?
Helen: I don’t think I have one. I’m not a serial dater. Usually, I’m just in a relationship. Like, I haven’t been on multiple dates and had a horrible date.
You’ve been lucky!
Helen: Yeah, I guess [laughs].
Dope. Yonie, have you had a bad dating experience?
Yonie: I haven’t really been on dates like that. I guess it’s always been hanging out.
I would say that you guys are two lucky ass people. No bad dates? That’s awesome. But let’s talk about this then–Do you believe love has a specific type? What are your opinions on love and dating and being in relationships with people of different cultures?
Helen: If you want to date outside of your own culture, great. More power to you. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that at all. Or even, to go as far as same sex dating, I don’t have a problem with it. I’m pro gay, lesbians, which ever. Whatever you prefer is whatever you want to do. I don’t judge anybody. I don’t seeing nothing wrong with it at all.
Yonie, how do you feel about it?
Yonie: I don’t discriminate at all. I feel like there are too many women in the world to be like, ‘Yo, where you from?’ That’s my last concern.
That’s good. You both have very open-minded feelings about love. So, while you guys were filming and shooting this [movie], was there a stylist on set? How was it set up?
Yonie: When I say ‘guerrilla,’ this is the epitome of that. Right now, you’re talking to the director, producer, writer, actor, location scout, the person that drives the little vans–everything. [Laughs] But nah, I gotta give a lot of credit to Helen because all her looks in the movie saved the movie in terms of fashion. When people see the movie they’re going to be like, ‘Yo, who did her make-up? Who did this, that, the jewelry, everything?’ Like, she swagged it out.