Insight Magazine
February ‘17
After her cinema hiatus that lasted over three years, Yosra El Lozy left our jaws dropped with her remarkable performance in her 2016 films Hassan and Bo’loz as well as El Haram El Rabe’ (The Fourth Pyramid). Although she’s recently joined the mothers’ club, that hasn’t stopped her from balancing her career with motherhood.
I don’t let my career affect my decisions as a mother!

How do you recap 2016?

It was an absolutely horrid year; there was just too much pressure! Professionally, however, it was productive for me since I had not filmed any movies for three years before then as I liked none of the scripts I was offered. I filmed TV series and they were successful, but it wasn’t a good move to abandon the film industry like so. I finally made my well-deserved comeback by starring in Hassan and Bo’loz. Personally, the year has been very stressful due to working so much, which prevented me from spending time with my husband, family or friends. There was barely enough time for me to sleep, and I had no time to work-out either, which was especially difficult because I’m quite a sporty person. 

Tell us about your film ‘Feen Qalbi’ (Where’s My Heart)?.

There’s a funny story behind Where’s My Heart, since I delayed it several times due to working on other films and series. I turned it down once and Moustafa Amar was very understanding. A month later, he called me up again and I told him I might be up for it after filming the series I was working on at the time. I saw they really wanted me in it and they would often postpone it on the hopes that I would fill in the spot, so I accepted the offer eventually. It’s a weird film because you’d find it difficult to categorise. If you see the trailer, you’d think it’s a comedy, while at the same time, it’s more of a romance. But when you get into it, there’s so much suspense, so I wouldn’t just call it a romantic comedy; it goes under at least four or five genres. I love how round and complex my character is and the several transitions she goes through, which was very challenging for me as an actress. It was filmed over a prolonged period, so there were plenty of breaks, which made it all the more difficult to maintain the personality of the character. Overall, due to the complexity of its genre, I predict it will appeal to a diverse audience.

Is it true you joined Creative Arab Talent?

That’s true, but I have not yet signed with them. Amr Koura and Talal are very good friends of mine; I love them! They have made great suggestions for my career choices, but it’s not yet official because I still have my manager. It‘s a hard decision as I have had the same agent for eight years, which makes it hard to take such a massive step. Lately, I’ve been trying to manage some things myself. I have had social media managers, and I just don’t see what news they would post other than how I’m a mother who’s typically breast-feeding her child at home; I cannot take selfies like that! [laughs] I’ve been managing my own social media platforms for a while now and I only post what’s significant to my career. I don’t see the point in posting pictures of what kind of new window I installed at home, just pictures of me behind the scenes and things of that sort.

How has motherhood changed your life?

I no longer sleep! I work 18 hours a day, and the rest of the day I have to stay awake at home. I’m completely dedicated to my daughter, so obviously this life-changing decision makes me avoid highly demanding roles. I don’t let my career affect my decisions as a mother; I’m not scared that my breasts would sag from breast-feeding; I don’t care that it makes me eat more and would alter my physique as an actress. At this point, it’s not about me, it’s about the wellbeing of my child. For instance, I was offered to star in Ahmed Elsaka’s ‘Thahab Wa Awda’ (Roundtrip) and it was in winter. Taking my daughter out in the cold would be risky, plus having to pause filming to breast-feed her every now and then would just stall everyone’s work and add a lot more to the budget. People thought Ahmed Elsaka was upset with me, but he was actually very understanding and even encouraged me to pay the needed attention to my child.

Did you enjoy being a host in Microphone and The X-Factor?

Microphone was the ideal job for me since it doesn’t air every single day and it gives me the space I need as a mother. It’s even easier than The X-Factor because it’s not live. Live shows are risky because you could slip and fall it’d all be on television –nothing is edited out. Plus, I had to rehearse for sixteen hours a day beforehand, so it wasn’t very comfortable. I only intended to do season one, and I told them so from the start because I couldn’t afford to skip three Ramadan seasons in a row as an actress!

Any upcoming projects you could tell us about?

Just ‘El Halal’ series with Bayoumi Fouad, Somaya Elkhashab and Dina Fouad. We’re still working on it and it has a very interesting cast.

By Rania Ihab