The six part, British made series, Yemoja: Rise of the Orisha, is part of a cinematic universe of deities that plays out across an upcoming feature film, comic books and series.
Amina, a young doctor, has her life thrown into turmoil when a politician’s son dies under her supervision. Things get more complicated when she is possessed by the goddess of the ocean Yemoja. Now haunted by mystical visions, Amina must find a way to clear her name and save her sanity before it is too late.
The star and budding #africansuperhero is West London born model, drummer and actress, Symara Templeman. You may recognise her from 2015’s Ex Machina. She is the epitome of girl makes good. Her face has been a canvas for the likes of Young Blood, Butterfly Knight, Samantha Cole and E A Burns and she has flourished and grown stratospherically.
We catch up with her to find out what makes her tick.
Who are you really? Just a London girl in a busy city, trying to make something of my life
What are you? ... A human
How do you feel? Right at this moment, physically exhausted and in need of some 'me time'. But emotionally I feel over the moon.
We've had a decade of life growing up in London, how have your success and failures shaped you? Growing up in London, through all the good and bad, has definitely given me oodles of confidence, which has made me strong (wilfully).
What does your career do for you? It has made me a very confident individual. I still at times am very shy but when it comes to modelling, I’m so passionate driven and happy. It has made me experience the world and I’m truly grateful.
What’s your most memorable shoot? My shoot in the Namibian desert, it was a fashion story for narcisse magazine, was an unreal amazing experience. The surroundings, the dunes the beautiful colours and peacefulness of the desert, it was breathtaking! And it was blooming hot too!
Did you ever want to give up? Ha! Too many times to count, but only a thought! Maybe once or twice I may have been close to giving it all up. But I'm still here doing the do.
What inspired you to embark on such an epic project? Definitely my journey back into the acting world, and my love of acting. This project was something that had never been done before, and just seemed right at the time
Does Yemoja: Rise of the Orisha mark the end of your modelling career? Oh Nono, modelling I think is something I will always do. But it will be minimal, and I've made it so for the past year now, to focus on acting.
You have always been staunchly proud of your cultural and social heritage, what would you want this project to say and inspire in the next generation? I'm proud to be of Caribbean origin and African decent, I wouldn't change it for the world. I think it will inspire the young generation, to see people of colour in a positive light, rather than the latter. It's a beautiful thing.
The first chapter is live 'Abisogun' with you being touted as an #africansuperhero, is there added pressure when you are judged not just on your performance but on your representation of all strong black woman? No pressure at all, there will always be someone who loves or hates your performance. I can only give my all, and hope I portray the character in the best way possible. As a black woman, again, I think roles like these need to be out there more. Not the typical ghetto girl, or slave, servant... These are typical roles in mainstream films for people of colour.
Catch the first episode of Yemoja: Rise of the Orisha here.