You once won ‘Sexiest Arab Woman’ award, while your image is quite natural and girl next-door. Did that come as a surprise?
If I’m not mistaken, I think I was the runner up but either way I honestly found it flattering and funny. I was 19 back then and so not trying to be sexy! It definitely came as a surprise and I think I laughed for some time before letting it sink in.
You’re half Lebanese and have spent a lot of time in Lebanon. How do you like it?
I love Lebanon. Most of my mom’s side of the family is there and it’s great because no matter how stressed I am when I’m there for work, I know I always have them and my friends there to fall back on. It’s also always just a breath of fresh air and the FOOD there is just on another level.
What’s your fitness regime to stay looking so good?
I work out as often as I can, meaning when I’m home in Egypt. I’m naturally a healthy eater and I believe in moderation. I’m not one to starve myself. I think it’s stupid and you never enjoy it. If I want that burger, I’ll eat it. I think as long as you work out regularly and eat right, you’ll be fine.
What’s your favourite holiday destination in Egypt? And abroad?
I love Aswan. It’s such a beautiful and peaceful place. So rich in history and just so beautiful. Anyone who knows me knows I love to travel. I go crazy if I’m in one place for too long, so I’d say anywhere. Maybe Italy a bit more than other places.
You’ve been away from the scene for a while. What have you been doing?
I’ve been recording. A lot. I also needed to take some time for myself, honestly. I’ve been working non-stop since the age of 18 and a part of me felt like I didn’t get to enjoy the experiences I should have. I needed to take some time to live and I definitely got a lot of work done in the studio in the meantime as well.
You started performing and modelling at a very young age. How did your parents feel about it then and now?
My parents were always supportive and always encouraged both my sister and I to do what we loved. They put us in modelling and ballet classes at a very young age. I’m definitely sure it’s what got me to fall in love with being on stage.
Our career really took off when you took part in Star Academy back in 2009. How has Lara Scandar evolved as a performer since then?
Star Academy was great practice for performing on stage and performing under pressure. I think I took those experiences and definitely used them to help me improve in my performances. I love being on stage, I always have.