IPEK: I’m a mom and an actress. Before that I was not a mother and when I was by myself it was easy! I just lived the high life, partying hard and having fun.
IPEK: At the time, I was 40 when I got pregnant and that changed my life. Before that, I didn’t want to change my life. I wanted to be the same as I was before regardless of if I was a mother or not. The word “mom,” I accepted that as a change, but I wanted to be Ipek.
Melissa: Is it natural for you, or are you very aware of the camera?
IPEK: Oh, natural! I’m an actress. It’s been 7 years. I don’t let it bother me. I’ve learned how to do it. I’ve been dreaming to be an actress. I’ve grown up and that was my goal. And I just grabbed onto it. I just let it be. And as long as I don’t have to deal with it and focus on the camera and everything. It’s not a big deal. I just forget about it. I mean, it’s a feature documentary. Right?
IPEK: I mean, people saw the Ipek documentary, they walked in and took a seat and they got emotional. They just came up to me and said, “Thank you! It’s a beautiful film. You are so open!” Some people felt the same as me and some felt that they understood her. They came up to me, most of them were women. I’m a woman! Apparently we needed to elevate women. We have to send this out there. I mean, they know that I’m a mother as well. They don’t forget, I’m just like anyone else. Not a celebrity! No, we are all equal. Everybody has a beautiful heart and soul.
IPEK: Eric, the producer, he filmed it and I trusted him. And I wasn’t self-conscious about showing my body or anything. And there was one scene where i was sitting in the bathtub in water and i was naked underneath.
IPEK: I realized that I had a lot of trust in Eric. We bonded, and that resulted in a great documentary!