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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.