Maali Zayed: I Enjoy Playing Characters Different from Mine
Egyptian actress Maali Zayed is currently shooting the series Shua’a al Amal based on the story of Tharwat Abatha, scripted by Mustafa Muharram, directed by Khaled Bahgat and costarring Salah al Saadani.
“In the series I perform the role of Sabiha, the peasant girl who lives a love story at the age of 25 with the series hero (Said al Zawati) whom she gets married to. Zawati marries another woman soon after his marriage to her. The second wife dies and leaves a son for the first wife to look after,” Zayed told the daily al Hayat.
Zayed has been away from cinema performance for a quite long time. She said, “cinema now faces a crisis of views and topics in addition to the damage which privatization has caused to it. Until the cinema problems are solved I shall continue working for the TV through which I play good roles bearing in mind that 75 percent of the audience watch TV. In the course of my artistic career and those of Laila Olwi, Elham Shahin and many more, the TV has introduced us to the cinema.”
The actress known for playing roles of villager women, said, “I like this role because it represents the middle class, which is very large. With my appearance typical of three quarters of women in Egypt who belong to this class, my performance of such role is enhanced. I want to interpret as much as possible the feelings of women from all sectors and aspire to do that throughout my life. My real enjoyment is to play roles for characters different from my personality.”
Zayed is also gearing up for an exhibition for her formation paintings. “This work is one-man’s show while acting is a collective work. It is an idea, which one is responsible for in an attempt to interpret it in the form of symbols or message to be conveyed to the recipient. My first exhibition will include many paintings about hope, Palestine, motherhood, childhood, woman and others,” said Zayed -- Albawaba.com
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