Dayo Okeniyi On How The Hunger Games Has Influenced His Career
Dayo Okeniyi spoke to Niagara Frontier Publications about his rise from Lagos to Hollywood. For any aspiring actor Dayo has some sage advice. After hassling half of the industry, the actor who played Thresh opened up about the invaluable lessons he learnt on his first feature length film The Hunger Games:
“A year and two months in L.A., and then ‘Hunger Games’ happened. And then the rest is history,” Dayo said.
” ‘Hunger Games’ was everything,” Dayo said. “It was my first break; it got me into the business. It was awesome. Just being on set everyday was a learning experience. You know, I never went to acting school; it was just something I gravitated towards naturally. I kind of learned from experience. Even when I did theater in college or in high school, I was learning on the job. I think that also translated for film. When I got on set, it (was) just soaking up everything and listening to everything Woody Harrelson says, and what he does.
“You know, Jennifer’s incredible. Jennifer Lawrence is an amazing actress to just watch on set. You find yourself watching her as opposed to acting. …
“That movie was just a huge, huge learning experience for me. And the great thing about that movie, it was such a big movie as a first movie for me, because I got the chance to not only learn what it’s like to be on the set of a drama – because there’s a lot of drama in the movie – I also got to work out for the film. I got in shape. There was a lot of action training, and I did a lot of fight training.
“It was like this long summer camp of everything to do with film.”