March ‘15
Insight Interview

March ‘15
Heidi Karam
Heidi Karam


Heidi Karam, a beautiful young actress with a booming career, has been thriving in the media field lately. Born on August 27th, 1980, Karam has graduated from the French section of the Faculty of Commerce at Ain Shams University, and began her career as a model in commercial advertising. Later, she paved her road to the film industry, earning widespread recognition. Karam is characterized by her elegant beauty and romantic features, which have left the door for stardom wide open for her.

Who is the biggest inspiration in your life?

Books, because they are full of inspirations that can alter your life profoundly. Nothing can beat that. Regardless of the content of books, weather entertaining, instructive or revolutionary, books always inspire you and catch your attention for long hours. Some quotes are unforgotten.

How did you get started in this field? Was this what you dreamt of when growing up?

I started as model in a commercial advertising company when I was 16 years old, then worked for a short time as a broadcaster in ART and MBC ten years later. Meanwhile, I was offered a small role in a sitcom, and decided to give it a try. I realized that the film industry was flourishing more than broadcasting, which enthused me to launch my career in television and film industry.

What do you like the most about your profession?

Working in media industry always demands diversity and dynamic skills. There are always variations in this field specifically. You don't just sit on your desk and deal with the same employees. You meet celebrities, directors and filmmakers, read new stories and shoot in different places. Though acting can be very interesting, it has numerous drawbacks; like travel, long working hours without any breaks, bad weather and bad working hours. Shooting areas are usually far from home, that many of us reach home very late at night.

What challenges did you face?

Competition is one of the problems faced by the majority of young actors, especially when they perform in front of experts. Furthermore, filmmakers can form their own groups by selecting actors, actresses and media employees, and work together without including anyone new. Of course such an act frustrates young actors who wish to be known and chosen to act in some movies, or else they will never have the chance to develop their talents practically.

Which one of your movie hits made you feel that you've made it?

The last scene of '7afl Zefaf' or 'Wedding Cermony'. I was playing the role of a woman who lost her temper and murdered a guy. Characterization and improvisation can be quite difficult in some scenes. You need to make emotional efforts using both facial expressions and dialogue. So you get satisfied and content when you feel that the scene has been emotionally potent and well delivered to the audience.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

I think working in broadcasting can be both exhilarating and fulfilling. This competitive field will give me the experience and education I need to satisfy my passion. I would like to host educational programs that would spread awareness to people in an engaging manner.

Share with us the worst and the funniest rumor you have heard about yourself?

I discovered a fake account on Facebook that spread obnoxious rumors about me. In a status, the account user stated that my son has been seriously ill and will travel abroad for treatment. That was the worst rumor ever! And by the way, I don't have any Facebook account.

What bothers you about criticism?

Thank God I was never criticized in an offensive manner. Critics have always been optimistic about my roles and progress.

What is a side of you that the public never sees?

Well, I have my private life and it is very simple. I like to play sports in the morning, and read books during my quiet time. And when my 12 year-old son arrives from school, I spend time with him, help him out with homework and drop him off to his sports activities according to his weekly schedule.

As you know Mother's day is around the corner, what are you planning to do for the occasion?

Unfortunately, my mother will be out of town. But I am hoping that my son would remember the day and surprise me with a nice gesture. The family usually gathers every mother's day, so I expect the same this year. Let's wait and see.

In your point of view, what qualities should a mother should have?

She has to be a good listener. She must be interested and attentive to what her children say to encourage them to talk about their lives outside home. She must give them space to express their worries, concerns and happy moments. Above all, a mother should be patient. She should never interfere or make any judgments, or else the child will be rebellious.

What are your future goals?

I want to present a useful program on a respectable channel that would deliver effective messages to the community.

By Christine Kassasseya