HUNNY MADU

“PEO­PLE THINK I’M SU­PER-FRIENDLY BUT..."

Herworld (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE -

A10-year-old girl stands on the stage in an empty au­di­to­rium, prep­ping for a mu­si­cal re­hearsal when the lights come on, and in that mo­ment, she's struck by a blind­ing thought: “Oh gosh, I want this for­ever.” That girl would grow up to be­come one of Malaysia's proud­est tal­ents – Hani Ha­tim, bet­ter known as Hunny Madu. Wear­ing many hats at once, she's a TV host, singer, song­writer, and now en­tre­pre­neur, hav­ing added launch­ing a makeup line and own­ing a record­ing stu­dio to the list. Beam­ing with pride, there's no mis­tak­ing all the ca­reer highs she's had as she re­gales me with tales of her first gig out­side of Malaysia (in Chi­ang Mai for New Year's Eve), per­form­ing at Is­tana Bu­daya with an out­stand­ing or­ches­tra, and even in­ter­view­ing the cast of Fast & Fu­ri­ous in Los An­ge­les, where she learnt all the in­tri­ca­cies of what goes on be­hind the scenes. But, if she had to choose, no role could be as en­dear­ing as be­ing the mother of the cheeky and adorable Eva, who will be turn­ing five this De­cem­ber.

A STRONG FOUN­DA­TION

The first thing you'll no­tice about Hunny is the quiet air of con­fi­dence she car­ries, which tells you just how com­fort­able she is in her own skin – and I soon find out it's been years in the mak­ing as she rem­i­nisces, fondly, “I'm very lucky that my par­ents have al­ways been very sup­port­ive. In the car, on the way back to my mum's home­town, she would al­ways make me the 'juke­box' and say, ‘You've got a good voice, Hani.'” In­still­ing in their daugh­ter the im­por­tance of al­ways go­ing af­ter what puts the fire in her belly, Hunny con­tin­ues to bring that back­bone of fer­vour into all that she does in life – which is why, when I ask what keeps her go­ing through ex­haust­ing days, she strug­gles to re­mem­ber the last time she'd felt that way. “I feel that what­ever I do is driven by pas­sion. I've never been forced to do some­thing I don't like. Even at an event where a client is be­ing dif­fi­cult, I'll sit in a cor­ner, do my job, and leave the neg­a­tive en­ergy be­hind. I tell my­self it's just an­other day,” she an­swers.

In fact, very few things can rat­tle her – yes, not even hate com­ments. She laughs,

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