In a delightful talk with the Lebanese beauty Carmen Bsaibes, we got enthralled with her charming simplicity as she speaks to us about the journey of her life. Driven by genuineness, she insists on embracing her uniqueness and keeping her identity in a world that forces everyone to be someone else. Allow us to take you through the hidden corners of her soul unveiling her perception on success, life, and a lot more.
1.You’ve begun a career in acting in 2011 we would like to hear more about how it all began and what was your career direction prior to acting?
Some things in life happen by mere chance, without planning or any slight intention. My field of study is directing and throughout my life, it never occurred to me as a thought to pursue a career in acting nor was it my dream. Here’s the story behind the coincidence that brought me to acting; I used to be in the advertising industry and one day I received a phone call to do casting for the Egyptian series “EL Gamaa”. Honestly speaking, I was a bit hesitant about this step. But as I got to know more details about the team I’ll work with, everything changed and I instantly loved the idea. Few months after the casting, I’ve found out that I got accepted for the role and to me that was a great opportunity that introduced me to the Egyptian audience. This experience taught me that life can offer you great opportunities, ones that you may have never taken into consideration. Only when you seize them, will you discover a whole new path ahead of you.
2.Which role have you enjoyed playing the most?
It is a role for a movie that I shot last year. Unfortunately I can’t reveal much about it until its launch in theaters in four months. But I can say that this has been the most challenging role I’ve ever played and the most satisfying for me as well.
3.If there’s a role that resembles your character the most which one is it?
There isn’t a specific role that totally resembles my character, but in every role I’ve played, there has been a part of it that I can relate to, or reflects who I am. If for instance we speak about my role in “El Zebaq” series; Mariam is the strong girl who still embraces the romantic side of her character; and this is something about her that I can totally relate to. Then there’s Rima in “El Gamaa”, a fair and honest girl who fights for the right thing, and this is one of the human values I live by. I believe that I have something in common with every role I’ve played.
4.If we speak about Egyptian projects, your roles have been mostly in TV Series. Are you planning on playing roles in Cinema as well?
Definitely that is in my plans and one of my dreams. Cinema is more satisfying generally and is a thrilling experience. I am aiming high at the cinema industry and for that I’m looking for an exceptional role to begin with.
5.What is the criteria based on which you choose your roles?
First the plot and script have to be very interesting, in addition of course to the directing and producing. When it comes to the role itself, it has to be something different, new, and challenging, worth to mention a vital role in the project as well.
6.If you get the chance to play the biography of a well-known figure, who would you choose?
I would love to play the life of Faten Hamama, and the Lebanese actor Hind Abi Lama
7.Besides acting and directing, what else are you passionate about?
I’m really passionate about dancing and lately about learning new recipes.
8.Tell us about a turning point in your life
The major turning point in my life is at the age of eighteen when I was offered a role in “El Gamaa” series, and another role for my first feature film in Lebanon. These two roles have put the stepping stones in my road to acting and they are the reason I am where I am today.
9.What is your biggest fear?
Life is a series of events from the most delightful to the most distressing, and you can’t fight it, it is just the way it is. Losing loved ones is an undeniable fact of life and this is my biggest fear
10.Throughout your life what has been your biggest challenge?
In this competitive field, some women may encounter a situation where they compromise their identity for the sake of a new role. In my opinion it is crucial to stand out, and to keep your identity no matter what. The biggest challenge is to always keep my personality in a field where it is very easy to lose your identity along the way.
We’d love to know more about you through these quick questions
1.We’ll tell you three attributes and describe them from your own perspective
Beauty: Being content and positive on the inside. This reflects on the outside and on the way you carry yourself.
Success: Being satisfied, convinced, and in love with what I am doing.
Confidence: It is to be happy with who you are, embracing your uniqueness, and being proudly different.
2.What are your top 3 priorities?
My family and close friends, my career, and definitely to contribute to the society and make a difference.
3.Describe yourself in 3 words
If I am to describe myself in three words, I would say positive, grateful, and loyal describe me the most.
4.Your top 5 human values are?
Respect, honesty, trust, empathy, and passion
5.What makes you truly happy?
Love, it is simply love! My happiest moments are when I’m surrounded with people I love and care about their presence in my life.
6.A quote you’d like to live by?
Everything happens for a reason. As cliché as it may sound; but I strongly believe in that concept.