Laila Olwi to Play a Different Character in Part II of Talk of Mornings Evenings

Published December 9th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Egyptian actress Laila Olwi has revealed that she will participate in the second part of the drama series Hadith Al Sabah Wal Massa (Mornings and Evenings Talk). 

Olwi said that she would take the role of the granddaughter of Huda Al Alouzi in the present series which is being aired on a number of Arab TVs in Ramadan. 

The actress told the London-based Arabic daily Al Sharq Al Awsat that the granddaughter’s part is more dynamic than that of her grandmother, an aristocrat who married a peasant shoemaker, Atta Al Marakeebi. 

About Al Alouzi, Olwi told the paper, “I liked her as a princess and as a human being. She belongs to an era different from ours and has a strong personality and knows what she wants. She challenges every body surrounding her in her attempts to achieve her goals... I became in love with this character and enjoyed working with the team to the degree that I didn’t mind that shooting the scenes lasted sometimes to 14 hours.” 

Laila seems to be happy she’s back to TV in a widely viewed series. 

“Hadith Al Sabah wa Al Massa has greatly contributed to enhancing my relation with the TV audiences because there are many factors that made the series a success,” she said. 

Among these factors is the fact that the story is written by Naguib Mahfouz and the script by Mohsen Zayed, and the series directed by Ahmed Saqer. She said that more than 60 “stars” played their parts brilliantly.  

The co-star in the first series Ahmad Khalil was initially a problem to the actress, but turned out to be a blessing as far as she is concerned. 

She said, “When they nominated Ahmed Khalil to play Atta Al Marakibi alongside me I was worried because of the difference in age between the two of us …But when Khalil stood in front of me and I looked at his eyes and lips, I found him exactly like Atta Al Marakibi as depicted in the script. After the first scene with Khalil whom I had never met before, I found him a competent and distinguished artist you can rarely find. He respects people, and full of commitment and talent. I admit that Khalil’s performance boosted mine and helped me in play Prince Huda Al Alouzi” --  

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