Tell us about yourself and the talents you’re known for.
I’m an extremely down-to-earth person, and I like to stay away from diva life as much as possible. Yes, I’m an actress and I love my career, but I like this fact to stay on set and separate from my personal life. I also don’t let my career affect my friendships, habits and hobbies. I try to stay in touch with my old friends as much as I can and to find the time to exercise and write poetry among other things. As for my talents, I have been quite flexible and passionate about fitness since I was a child, which is why I’m often casted as a fit person. I’d also like to think I’m talented when it comes to writing poetry and prose pieces; I have written an anthology called “Lahazat Untha” (A Woman’s Moments). I was also very interested in music as a child; I play the Saxophone.
How did you discover your passion for acting and arts in general?
I have discovered my passion for acting at around the age of ten. Back then, I loved to look through magazines and learn about Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, watch their movies, see myself in their place as an actress, and reenact their roles in front of the mirror! I remember telling my mum when I was only eleven that I wanted to become an actress and she just laughed at me. I came from a family with no interest in Arts and Cinema, with my father being a professor and my mother an architect. But still, I pursued my dream after graduating from university, where I majored in Physical Education and Nutrition because I felt something was missing in my life, and I knew it was acting.
What kind of rumours and misconceptions do you have to endure?
It’s normal for someone who works in cinema -actors and actresses in particular- to be exposed to rumours. They never really bother me or hurt me because I don’t let them, but some of my least favourite are ones about my personal life, be those about my social relationships or rumours about having plastic surgery –things of that sort.
What obstacles did you have to face on your road to fame?
My obstacles were too many and possibly more challenging than what someone else normally would have faced. You see, I spent my teen years in Ukraine, so the Middle East was a bit of a culture shock to me. I also had troubles speaking Arabic, so it was learning a new language alongside being exposed to a field I knew nothing about. Until today, we, as actors, still face everyday obstacles of exerting all of our efforts for the sake of our career. If you’re not filming something, you’re working on your public relations and interviews and so on. When you love what you do though, they don’t pose that much of a threat to you.
How do you manage to juggle between personal life and business?
I try as much as possible to give both my personal life and my career the attention and effort they need; there’s no other way around it, as I have a daughter and I know I am responsible for her and need to be there for my family. Sometimes my career takes up too much of my time, but I try to make it up for my daughter eventually. It’s also all about quality over quantity; I don’t accept every offer I receive, I just try to pick roles I know I can ace.
Tell us what a day in Jenny Esber’s life is like.
When I don’t have to work, I spend the day with my daughter. She wakes me up early in the morning and we always go out for lunch and quality mother-daughter time; I also try to visit my family as often as I can. If I have to be on set, it’s usually after my daily fitness routine and I often end up coming back home past midnight when I just want to wipe off my makeup and get some sleep.