Ac­tress tells DEN­NIS CHUA of her hopes of play­ing tougher char­ac­ters

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

WHILE fans may re­mem­ber her play­ing a vam­pire and a psy­cho, Maya Karin, 37, is “tired” of these roles and hopes to move to ac­tion hero­ines, ca­pa­ble of floor­ing ruth­less bad­dies.

The award-win­ning ac­tress hoped film­mak­ers would of­fer her more ac­tion­packed roles, even if they were the usual crime-bust­ing po­lice and de­tec­tive movies.

“In Malaysia, ac­tion hero roles are usu­ally of­fered to men, since men are deemed the ‘tougher sex’.

“It’s been five decades since Agent Je­fri Zain be­came our first ma­jor ac­tion hero, and things have to change.

“Af­ter all, in the West and Hong Kong, there’s been no short­age of ac­tion hero­ines, in­clud­ing our Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh.”

She said this at the launch of Sham­sul Yu­sof ’s Mu­nafik 2 at the Na­tional Film De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion in Jalan Hulu Klang, Kuala Lumpur.

When asked if lo­cal ac­tresses were ready for ac­tion roles, Maya said the movie J Revo­lusi was proof that they were as ca­pa­ble as their male coun­ter­parts in fight­ing bad guys on screen.

“J Revo­lusi has Nur Fazura Shar­i­fud­din and Izara Aishah Hisham as tough po­lice of­fi­cers, and they nailed it. They also did their own stunts.”

Maya hoped she would be able to work on stunts, too.

“Ac­tion movies jolt me out of my com­fort zone and help me grow as an ac­tress.

“I love chal­lenges, and play­ing char­ac­ters who are braver and tougher than the real me.”

To date, two screen ap­pear­ances have de­fined Maya’s 16year show­busi­ness ca­reer.

She played the venge­ful Me­riam in Pon­tianak Harum Sun­dal Malam 1 and 2 (2004 and 2005) di­rected by Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba, and the psy­chotic Jwanita in Jwanita (2015) di­rected by Os­man Ali.

She will ap­pear in her first Syam­sul Yu­sof-di­rected movie, Mu­nafik 2.

“I play Sak­i­nah, a kind-hearted sin­gle mother, whose son is brain­washed and made sick by a de­viant reli­gious teacher who runs a pri­vate school in her vil­lage.”

Maya Karin

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