Heather Agyepong is an Actress and artist …
Her photography has appeared in The Tate Modern, has been commissioned by the Mayor of London and has won multiple awards including the Photo London x Nikon Emerging Photographer Award. Her photography centres around mental health, well-being and invisibility and she was recently announced as a Nikon European Ambassador.
Heather will now grace us with her presence as the star of the highly anticipated Amazon series The Power. Starring opposite Toheeb Jimoh ( Ted Lasso, Anthony) Agyepong plays Nigerian budding journalist Ndudi.
The Power sees teenage girls suddenly gain the ability to electrocute anyone they want to, simply by touching them with their hands.
We spoke to Heather about The Power, whose footsteps she hopes to follow and what she has in the pipeline…
Please tell us who you are, what you do, and where you’re from.
My name is Heather Agyepong I’m a visual artist and an actor. I’m a British Ghanaian.
Describe your life right now in a word or one sentence …
Tell us about your latest project The Power ...
I play Ndudi Okafor, She is a young Nigerian woman living in Lagos. She’s a budding journalist with her best friend Tunde Ojo. At the start of the series, Ndudi has found a story she thinks will make waves but it turns her life upside down and The Power changes everything.
How did it come about?
I remember my agent sent the audition to me and said “You’re going to love it”. She knows my taste and she wasn’t wrong. Based on a book about women in different cultures having a new sort of power? Yes, babes, all over it. I was on tour in Newcastle and I had my recall in the morning and then had to get back to Newcastle for an evening show… I think I had two more auditions then I got it. I was mostly in shock. I will probably still be like that until the show comes out.
Tell us any high points, any obstacles whilst working on The Power and how you resolved those obstacles?
The high was doing a scene I was so nervous about in episode six and due to the beautiful director Ugla Hauksdóttir and the care of the cinematographer Ollie Downey, you see pure black girl liberation. I was very proud of myself. I guess the obstacles were the challenges of the pandemic. It’s a global show with lots of filming locations so facing the prospect of ‘will we be able to finish this?’ was real but the team were just outstanding to get us there. We all just had to keep the faith.
Tell us a scene or moment that best describes why you said yes to The Power?
Ndudi is having this beautiful conversation about sisterhood in Nigeria and the legacy of black women organising. It was so intelligently written and co-authored by Phoebe Okeowo a British Nigerian writer and it just felt so rich and truthful. I am here for authenticity and layered portrays of Black women in mainstream TV.
What’s your current plan B?
This is it ya know. No plan B!
What’s made you Sad, Mad and Glad this week?
Mad, Suella Braverman’s very wild Migration Bill which essentially bans huge numbers of refugees from seeking asylum, I just have no words for that woman. Sad, this weather has really been affecting my mood. Dark nights are not the one for me so I’m looking forward to Spring. Glad, The Power coming out.
What are you watching right now?
White Lotus, season 1. I got on that so late. Daisy Jones and The Six and a lot of critical theory videos about sleep and mental health for a performance I’m thinking about.
What are you reading right now?
My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem.
What are you listening to right now?
Cleo Sol, Rose in the Dark & Matt Corby, Rainbow Valley.
The last thing you saw on stage?
Bootycandy directed by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu.
What’s on your bucket list?
Too much but one is definitely to travel more.
Celebrate someone else …
Phoebe Okeowo, bad boy writer. Keep an eye on her.
Celebrate yourself …
Do you know what? Having integrity and screaming about how much I love Black women, advocating for myself and dropping this people-pleasing life.
Whose footsteps are you following in?
An inspiration of mine is Aida Overton Walker, an African American vaudeville performer who spoke out in the early 1900s about Black women having more agency on the stage. She said, “Unless we learn the lesson of self-appreciation and practice it, we shall spend our lives imitating other people and deprecating ourselves.”
Lots of visual art projects. I have an exhibition currently on called Wish You Were Here until 28th May at The Centre for British Photography, find out more here. And Ego death at Belfast Exposed on till 20th May, find out more here. And acting stuff I can’t say too much but keep your eyes out for me at Lyric Theatre Hammersmith in June and July.
Where can we find you?
@heathatrottlives on Instagram
Where and when can we watch, The Power?
The Power is out on 31st March on Prime Video.
The Power is available Friday 31st March on Prime Video
Main Image Credits –
Photographer: David Reiss
Styling: Luci Ellis
Makeup: Min Sandhu
Hair: Kieron Lavine