Ahmed Zaher

Ahmed Zaher

 

  • Tell us about your education and how you started your acting career?
  • I have always loved acting ever since I was young, but my parents never approved of this, so instead I enrolled in the faculty of commerce against my will. During my second year, I was able to join the Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts , And I remember the first person who supported me was Director Magdy Abo Emeira who gave me my first role in Ze’ab El Gabal TV series.

 

  • Tell us more about Lo’Lo’ Television Series?
  • It’s a 40- episode series which we started shooting 10 days ago and will be aired off-season in about 2 months from now. I’m joined by a number of stars such as May Omar, Naglaa Badr, Nermeen El feky, Mohamed El Sharnouby, Edward and Malak zaher. Produced by Synergy, written by Zeinab Aziz and Mohamed Mahran and Directed by Mohamed Abd El Salam, and I sincerely hope for the best for all the cast and crew.

 

  • What about your new film “Zenzana 7” with Nidal Al Shafei?
  • We finished filming and we’re now waiting for it to air in cinemas, actually Nidal and I graduated in the same year from the Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts , but its first time for us to collaborate which is something that I’m very excited about and hope our movie becomes a big hit.

 

  • How did you prepare for your role as Fathi ?
  • I studied the character pretty well and discussed it with director Mohamad Sami, I also compiled every bad incident that ever happened to me and used it to portray fathi, plus there are people who exist among us in middle & poor social classes who do behave this way…so all these reasons helped the character achieve this unexpected success.

 

  • After your great success as fathi, do you prefer playing the villain?
  • Each villain I’ve played is different, and I always strive to play characters that resonate with people, even when I appeared as a guest star in Weld El Ghalaba and played Gamal and it was very successful and people loved it. I have also done a lot of drama, romance and social roles along the way; so I don’t see myself stuck at portraying the villain all the time.

 

  • Which Television Series did you like in 2020?
  • Al Ikthyar, Al fettewa, 100 wesh and Annehaya.

 

  • Ever thought about working in the theatre?
  • I hope so, I have also participated in a play called “etdalaaai ya doosa” in 2001 with Fifi Abdo and Maged El Masry, and I played in Layaly Al Azbakeya play alongside Magda El Khatib and Bothaina Rashwan which remained in theatres for a long time, so I love the theatre and would love to play in it again.

 

  • If you’re going to portray a historical character, who would you like to play?
  • I do not like this genre of art because it entails imitating somebody else, which is something I do not prefer. However, I like portraying new characters from A to Z that I can be creative in and give it a whole new edge that will surprise people.

 

  • What do you aspire to achieve in your career?
  • I hope I can become a Hollywood star one day and leave decent legacy behind.

 

  • Tell us about a situation that affected you in negative or positive light?
  • When I started my career I played alongside the late Nour El Sherif in Arragol Al Akhar Tv Series, and I remember when my scenes were done, I’d still go to the set and sit next to him and the director to learn more and more about acting. That experience left a tremendous positive effect on me.

 

  • Are you with or against prank-based TV Shows for celebrities?
  • This type of shows is present in all parts of the world which I don’t have a problem with, my only concern is when a prank is too dangerous and can lead to a serious injury, without bearing in mind the guest’s age and health condition which is by all means, unacceptable.

 

  • Are you with or against banning Maharagant singers?
  • I’m against banning them even if I don’t like this kind of music genre, but I don’t think it’s right to ban an artist who has a wide range of audience. However, the lyrics of their songs should be censored. Moreover, on a personal note I like the songs bent el geran and oud el batal.

 

 

  • Who’s your secret keper?
  • My wife and Director Mohamad Sami.
  • Where do you like to spend your holidays?
  • I like to travel within Egypt or outside of it, especially Lebanon with my family.

 

  • A daily habit of yours?
  • Hitting the gym.

 

  • Your favourite hobby?
  • Playstation games and watching foreign movies.

 

  • How do you spend your time during the quarantine?
  • I had a great time with my family , especially because of my job I hardly spend tie time with them

 

  • Are you a risk-taker?
  • In acting, yes for sure that’s why I took on the role of Gamal in weld el ghalaba series. But generally speaking, I like to take calculated risks in life.

 

  • Are you a romantic person?
  • Yes, very much so.

 

  • How do you see the social media? Is it beneficial to you?
  • Of course, it has its positive aspect especially when I see the audience’s interaction and comments; its negative aspect is when people bash out negative and insensitive comments, which is completely unacceptable.

 

  • Do you believe in luck?
  • I believe in fate

 

  • What advice would you give for today’s youth?
  • I advise them to work hard to achieve their dreams, and on another note, I am surprised by the number for young people asking me for help in trying to act, I advise them all to enroll in the higher institute for theatrical arts first and then pursue their acting career.

 

  • What would you say to director Mohamad Sami?
  • He’s my longtime friend and a very talented director, and any actor who works with him is portrayed in a different light.

 

  • A word for what happens magazine?
  • I am wishing you all the best, with more and more success to come.