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A Flow of Extraordinary talents

September ‘14
Naturally I hate calling someone the new Al Pachino or Robert De Niro of the century! But when he stated them as his idols, I couldnt help but imagine him in their pass. Firas Saayed is rising strongly, proving with every new role that hes a flow of extraordinary talents.
When you work in a career, its important to learn about all its drifts
Firas Saayed
By Rania Ihab
    


Last Ramadan you portrayed two completely different characters, in two completely different series Hekayet Hayat and Farah Laila, did you shoot them together?

He laughs, yes in addition to Fad Eshtebak and Moga harra.


You are an Art Decorator, Production Designer and Actor, what drew you to each of them?

I started as an architect in Argentina, when I came to Egypt someone introduced me to the media field. I started as a designer and I felt that my dream was coming true. Then I started working as a creative director for several clips and shoots, with time I started to develop in the job and it became more fun trying to create different ideas. I worked with plenty of Egyptian directors like Tarek Alerian and Hady Albagoury. I was interested in acting and I received a lot of offers to act, but it was not in my mind. I started doing minor roles, then one-step after the other; I started to grow in the field.


But your first major role was Ser Alany, right?

Exactly, when they called me for Ser Alany, I thought they wanted me as a designer, then I met Ghada Selim the director and the producer and they offered me the role of Omar Alalfy. It was huge risk from them to offer me such a big role, but I enjoyed the whole experience so much. Then last Ramadan I did roles in three different series, Hekayet Hayat, Farah Laila and Fad Eshtebak. I also did a guest role in Moga Hara.


About Moga Harra, werent you afraid of doing such role?

No, I believe an actor/ess has to be open in order to be able to characterize. It was excellent opportunity to work with Mohamed Yassin, such a great director, he is very professional and knows what he is doing.


Wow! How were you able to master all of these characters at the same time?

I like the method of acting and going deeply in character. While shooting these projects I was living in schizophrenia, all characters were living with me. But at the end as long as one can separate between these characters while shooting and return to myself when I return home, that all what really matters.


Which one did you enjoy playing more?

All them! Thats why I agreed to play them in the first place


True, but there must have been one you liked more than the other

Well, I guess Adham in Farah Laila, because he is very close to my personality. In addition to working with Laila Elwy, such an adorable, sweet, kind, down to earth professional lady. Also, the always-amazing Khaled Alhagar, they both nominated me to play Adham. The series was different from all the other series at that time; its a social, romantic drama and I think its what people needed. Whoever I met then used to say, Thank you for doing something I can watch with my kids. It was not related to the intense environment we were living in. It took people back to the old times and thats really good. We tried to stay away from all the political, thriller dramas and I think we succeeded to deliver to people something unique and different.


Your first acting role was in Alasefa. What did you learn from working with Khaled Youssef?

Working with Khaled Youssef and Youssef Chahins crew in general is one of the greatest experiences any actor can gain. It made me believe that I can act, I can do this and it encouraged me to continue. At the beginning I was offered a role in Almaseer, unfortunately I didnt do it. Then I had a role in Alasefa, I also did a small role in Fatah men Israel. Then I did a movie called Hayat Albotolat about Octobers War, unfortunately until this moment it is not shown yet, because of its thick, heavy content. All of this gave me the needed experience to continue, but I was never afraid of standing in front of the camera, I used to work in locations and behind the camera so its not something new for me.


It seems like you were doing great, then why did you pause for more than 10 years?

As I told you my aim was different, acting was not a priority for me architecture was my real dream. Now that we have a more European, natural school, it became closer to me. One of the comments that I usually get from the audience is, Youre very natural. It makes me really happy.


How did you prepare for Awny in The Blue Elephant?

First Awany is one of those proposals that are hard to refuse. Starting from the director Marwan Hamed, Karim Abdelaziz, hes a dear friend and I am really happy to be part of his movie and the rest of the crew. Naturally when I work on a character I tend to build a background, and try to search for the hidden unwritten details, in order to create a different equation to reach the audience with.


What is your evaluation to the cinematic and video conditions nowadays?

I am really optimistic regarding the cinema conditions; its going to be stronger than ever. I think we have to look at the bright side, because of what has happened to the cinema now TV productions are in their peak. Now you can see superstars like Adel Imam, Mohamed Saad, karim Abdelaziz and others staring in TV series every year. New writers and directors got the energy, stamina to do creative new ideas. I think it is a really healthy process, now we have fresh faces and talented people who didnt use to work for one reason or another, and they are dazzling with their unique skills.


Where do you see yourself?

I am happy and pleased with where I have reached. The feedbacks I get are really good. Personally I am enjoying what I am doing; I like experimenting inside my field, when you work in a career, its important to learn about all its drifts. The one thing that I still didnt get used to is being a celebrity as I am naturally a very shy person.