This week we are crushing on actress Olunike Adeliyi!
Olunike Adeliyi was born in Toronto, Ontario. Raised in both Jamaica and Canada, the well-travelled actress earned a place at the highly coveted American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) in New York City. Upon graduation, Olunike returned to Toronto to pursue a film, television, and theatre career. Her many roles include playing Leah Kerns in the popular television series Flashpoint (CTV), SAW 3D, French Immersion, The Listener (CTV), Being Human (Syfy, SPACE), Republic of Doyle (CBC) Lost Girl (Showcase), and Killjoys (Syfy, SPACE).
More recently, Olunike’s credits include the role of Amina in Boost, the story of an east African immigrant family living in Montreal. Her performance earned her a 2018 Canadian Screen Awards nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Other current and upcoming productions for Olunike include seasons one and two of the hit comedy series Workin’ Moms (CBC); and feature film The Parting Glass directed by actor Stephen Moyer and starring Anna Paquin (True Blood), Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Denis O’Hare (Dallas Buyer’s Club).
As well as acting, Olunike Adeliyi works with a non-profit organization close to her heart called Third World Awareness, a Canadian charity. Through the organization, Olunike travels to Haiti every year for charity work as well as maintaining the schools they built there.
Talented and generous in spirit, we are definitely crushing on Olunike Adeliyi!
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
The first thing I notice is his physique. I keep hearing that men are the visual ones, but last time I checked women had eyes too. My eyes love a man that takes good care of himself like I do. You can’t just have one SUPER babe in the relationship. When you take good care of yourself, you’ll take good care of your mate. I’m talking about mind, body, and soul. It’s a practice. After I’ve satisfied my vanity, I love quiet, confident men, and watch how they treat other people, especially in the service industry. While dating, people will always show you their best selves, but true colours come out when they communicate with someone else they aren’t benefitting from.
What is your ideal first date?
My ideal first date would be a 24 hour date where we would spend the day enjoying breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the dopest culturally based restaurants. Definitely trying cuisine from the Caribbean, Asia, Mediterranean, and Africa. I love to eat so I want to see if the person can hang and try things they maybe haven’t tried before. I love spontaneity so we can make up the day as we go along. We would also get a chance to be talkative, but also enjoy the silent moments with each other. It’s about being comfortable and in your skin with the other person. A whole day can tell you a lot. Oh, and no phones…PERIOD!
What’s your instant deal breaker?
Bad breath and going dutch…ewwww.
What’s the strangest thing someone has done to get your attention?
There was one year I was planning to attend the Toronto International Film Festival and a gentleman contacted me in my DM and said all events I wanted to attend was going to be arranged for me and my friends if I wanted. I called him on his bluff, cause I had never met him. However, he literally arranged all my screenings, red carpet appearances, after parties like a publicist and even donated a large sum of money to the charity organization I’m with called Third World Awareness. We’ve since kept in contact, but I still have never met this man. He’s like a fairy Godfather and I haven’t been kidnapped yet. Thank goodness, but WTF???
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
Just roll up and say Hi! Then tease them with little flirty jokes. They will see that you’re fun, corny, yourself, and bold. Don’t ask them out though. They have to do that. The chase is important to keep the spice alive. If they like you too, they will Come Hither!
How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship?
I was in a long distance relationship for awhile and we had to get creative. Skype is fun, but being online can get creepy when you want to get sexual lol. We had to have a schedule to travel to each other and when we were in each others presence we just stayed in bed and soaked up each other’s scent. We were always available to talk and share the day’s events. We mostly had to develop our communication skills and seeing what the other person needed while being so far away. Gifts were sent, but they were creative and fun to stimulate the senses. It was a great challenge. I’m a lingerie woman myself, but I also love cooking naked in heels. Date Nights are MANDATORY!!!
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