Tobe Nwigwe Talks Joining ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts,’ His Music & More – Interview
Transformers: Rise of The Beasts is creating a sensation worldwide, captivating fans of the franchise. Prior to its debut in theaters, we had the privilege of interviewing talented rising artist, Tobe Nwigwe, to delve into his remarkable career and his significant role in the film. Although Nwigwe’s role in Rise of The Beasts is his first feature film role, Nwigwe’s acting debut was on Mohammad Amir‘s Netflix series MO.
Prior to joining the Transformers franchise, Nwigwe had garnered significant recognition in the realm of music. His exceptional talent and unique style earned him a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Not only did Nwigwe have a song on the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack with his wife Martica “Fat” Nwigwe with “They Want It, But No,” he also graced the Rise of the Beasts soundtrack with the lead single “On My Soul” featuring Nas and Jacob Banks.
Check out the interview with Tobe Nwigwe for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts below:
It’s no secret that Nwigwe has experienced an extraordinary last couple of years. From earning a Grammy nomination to starring in a blockbuster film, the opportunities seem boundless for Nwigwe. To begin the interview, I inquired about his feelings towards it all, and he said, “It’s been absolutely immaculate. I got a two-month-old baby as well; it’s my fourth child. It just seems like it’s an onslaught of blessings happening all at the same time, bruh. It’s an immaculate life.”
When I asked Nwigwe about how he became part of the Transformers world, he shared, “Bruh, I promise you, you can’t write the type of stuff that’s happened to have me sitting in front of you having this interview right now. Steven Caple Jr., the director for this film, had Paramount reach out to me through a relationship that he had with one of his really close friends who passed, I think, the day that he got the script for Transformers. And he just wanted me to play the character of his friend and bring that character to life on film.”
Nwigwe is very transparent when it comes to his music and how he handles himself. Due to this, I asked him if he had to do anything different when he approached this role. He said, “I’ll be honest with you, I have the mindset of how you do one thing is how you do all things. So I tried to approach the characters and whatever the task is at hand with the same amount of discipline, intentionality and execution. I just want to execute to the best of my ability whatever is being asked.”
As stated earlier, Nwigwe’s first official acting role was in MO, but he revealed to us that his actual first acting gig was Rise of The Beasts, and he said, “What was crazy was a lot of people don’t notice because MO came out first, they think I did it first. But I did Transformers before I did all of this. It’s just Transformers with the special effects and all that CGI stuff; it takes a longer process for this type of stuff to come to fruition. But this was the very first thing I ever did acting-wise.”
Before Nwigwe found his calling in music, he was on a trajectory to play in the NFL. However, a career-ending accident abruptly forced him to pivot and pursue a new dream, which fortunately led him to music. As someone who recently experienced an accident that altered my path, I asked him if he had any advice for individuals striving to rediscover their passion. Nwigwe said, “Disconnect from the mania of the world. Ask yourself all the questions that you need to ask yourself. The who, the what, the when, the where, the why–all that and figure out exactly who you are outside of what it is that you did. Do what it is that you’re trying to do and figure out why you want to do whatever it is that you want to do.”
Nwigwe’s great advice didn’t stop there. He continued with, “And once you have a full understanding of who you are and why you do what you do, then go full-fledged into whatever it is that you’re trying to do. But disconnect from the mania of the world. Hit a hard stop real quick, figure out who you are and why you want to be who you are and why you are, and then go full-fledged into whatever it is that you’re into.”