After her impressive performance in Ramadan’s series ‘Malika’, we were intrigued to get in-depth with the rising star, Ayah Samaha. The Egyptian beauty made a breakthrough into the art scene capturing the attention of many. Fueled with passion and persistence, Ayah works with determination to build her way to stardom. In a very light and friendly talk we get to know more about the joyful spirit of Ayah Samaha.
1.After your amazing performance in Malika, we would like to know how did your acting journey begin?
It all began when I was a little kid. I grew up fond of all sorts of arts, be it singing, dancing, or acting, worth to mention my love for the camera. I loved to take pictures everywhere I go; I wasn’t in any way camera-shy. As I grew up my passion for art has been growing deeper and my family began to notice this and gave me a helping hand to explore my talents and envision where I want to be. This is when I began to develop a vision of where I want to see myself, who I want to be, and what I want to do. It was a vision so clear and vivid that it felt so real. I took it from there and began to set the very first steps in the path I’m after. I began with TV commercials and modeling, and then later on I enrolled in acting workshops to learn the techniques. This is when I began to set the first stepping stones that will take me to where I aspire to be.
2.What is the criteria based on which you choose your roles?
It basically depends on how I see myself in the role. It has to be a role that adds up to the whole plot of the work and appealing enough. I have to feel the role in order to add to it, especially that I am detail-oriented. I meticulously study the character I’ll play, and I love to meet people whose character might have something in similar with the role I play. This significantly helps you to get a thorough insight about the depth of the character in order to personify the role.
3.Among the roles you played, which one is the closest to your heart?
Ayah in ‘Malika’; honestly it isn’t just a matter of sharing the same, but the similarities I had in common with this character. I enjoyed every single scene and I felt it intensely. Actually the initial name chosen for the role was Heba, but after my first meeting with the director, he noticed there are a lot of similarities between my character and the role. This is when he decided to change the name from Heba to Aya.
4.If you get the chance to play a role with one of the top actors around the world who would it be?
If only he were still alive, definitely would have been Heath Ledger! To me, he’s my all-time favorite actor. I actually have my bedroom curtains painted with his pictures as the joker. He truly was legendary.
5.Besides acting, what are you passionate about?
Music, Food, and shopping! That is actually me in 3 words.
6.Who’s your role model?
It isn’t actually a role model as much as it is an objective or a target. My main motivator will always be my goals and where I want to see myself. If my objective is to get a leading role in a movie in two years, I will focus all my energy into bringing this dream to reality.
7.What’s your source of inspiration?
The givers; those who give out a helping hand and want to make this world a better place. The world is full of people who are fighting their own battles, and so many people out there need help; be it emotional, on professional level, or even trying to make ends meet. When I see people reaching out for those in need and trying with all their effort to make their lives better, I feel so touched and inspired. It is just so noble and generous. I also admire people who smile at strangers for absolutely no reason other than trying to spread good vibes everywhere they go. I really don’t know how to explain this, it is very hard to be in the mood to smile at any given moment, so imagine how beautiful are the people who just like to smile at strangers who pass by them in the sidewalk, isn’t it just amazing. I also find music very inspiring. Music moves people; it really can take them through many emotions. It amazes me the amount of creativity and talent that it takes to produce a good musical piece or song.
8.If there’s one thing you would like to change about your personality what would it be?
Well, the temper. I also need to become more patient.
9.And what is your best attribute?
10.What is the motto you like to live by?
I would go for Tupac’s famous words ‘Only God can judge me.’
Location: The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa Katameya Dunes
Photography by Daniel Salib
Makeup by Dolly Yanny & Dolls Lashes
Hair by Kriss Beauty Salons
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The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa Katameya Dunes