Character Wackyparse  Tulya Kavaklıoğlu

We interviewed the cast of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. What we didn’t tell our interviewees, was what kind of questions we would ask them. So here is a perfectly correct representation of Tulya. Enjoy!

1. Describe WE in 3 words

Lover. Different. Life.

2. If you were a plant, what would you be?

My dad named me Tulya because he thought it meant ‘black tulip’ so I guess that. He made the reference to Alexander Dumas’ novel, but I’ve done my research and couldn’t find any connection between my name and a black tulip. Tulya is actually a Pilipino mussel dish, and in Sanskrit it just means ‘equal to’- equal to what?!

3. McDonald’s or Burger King?

People used to say BK is better but McD has better fries, so I’m primed by that. After having studied marketing though I’m reminded of the Pepsi–Cola debate: When asked, people usually say Cola is better and it’s also marketed as the ‘real’ one. But when the labels are off, most choose Pepsi for the sweeter taste.  

4. Between 10 000 rats and 50 eagles, which would you choose to have on your side in a fight? (The one you don’t choose will be against you)

I don’t want beaks pecking on my head, have you seen The Birds? I choose eagles.

5. If you could learn one language instantly, which one would it be?

Chinese. Because there’s a lot of Chinese speakers in my school, it’s a tonal language so it would be difficult to learn, and they say it’s the language of the future… Plus it sounds cool.

6. How would you describe what water looks like to someone blind?

I really like that feeling when you put your hand on the surface of water. I associate it with crawling into bed with clean sheets, it’s soft and cold-ish. For some reason, this feeling also describes how water ‘looks’ to me.    

7. How many cows are there in The NL?

Dunno, 2 million? Why, I don’t know. I feel like there are 2 million cows in the Netherlands.

8. Have you ever had herring? Describe

I had herring once at the Nijmegen market, I actually have a picture series of this! Well, I think the photos kinda speak for themselves, the last especially:

9. Name 3 vegetables that will be the only vegetables you ever get to eat again

Avocado or corn are tempting… But I think tomato and cucumber are such a big part of Turkish food, they’re used in everything. And onion gives taste. So there you have it, my weird salad of cucumber, tomato and onion.

10. What makes you unique?

My aunt always tells me stories from my childhood of how unique I am. For example I once made a boy cry by looking at him. Maybe I’m different that way, hopefully in a good way.

      and finally… 

11. Are you a black horse or a white horse?

Imagine a white bumper and a black bumper on the two sides of a bowling lane. I’m the bowling ball orienting my way back and forth between the two bumpers on my way forward.

Written by Alexandra Granberg.