An­zalna’s cool with breaks

Ac­tress An­zalna Nasir speaks to Bibi Nur­shuhada Ramli about her lat­est act­ing project

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SHE may be a celebrity but at­trac­tive ac­tress An­zalna Nasir is not hun­gry for the spot­light. “I ac­tu­ally pre­fer work­ing on a year-long project and then take a break the fol­low­ing year,” she says in an in­ter­view. The 29-year-old isn’t wor­ried that she may be for­got­ten by the in­dus­try be­cause of a long break. “That’s not like me to look for pop­u­lar­ity,” she says. “It’s great if peo­ple like me, but if they don’t, well, I can’t force them.

“Be­sides, there are many new faces in the in­dus­try today. What is im­por­tant for me to do is to en­sure I give my best so that I will be re­mem­bered for my work and stay rel­e­vant,” she adds.

The Pe­nang-born is also un­per­turbed should she fall short on act­ing of­fers. “I al­ways be­lieve that ev­ery time I give some­thing, I will get some­thing back. So far, this has been true.”

She ad­mits that some­times she feels “lazy” to get back to work af­ter a long break. “But at the same time, I miss see­ing my­self on TV!” she jokes.

NEXT PROJECT

An­zalna was the lead ac­tress in As­tro Bella’s 137th episode Me­mori Cinta Su­raya , which aired in 2015 and pro­duced by Global Sta­tion. Af­ter 13 months of film­ing which ended in Septem­ber 2015, she took time off to fo­cus on her wed­ding prepa­ra­tions.

Last Feb 21, An­zalna tied the knot with her long-time beau Muhamad Hanif Mo­hamad Zaki. Since then, she has been busy play­ing the role of a wife.

Her first job of­fer af­ter the break is a 100-episode drama. Film­ing be­gins next Saturday.

“This su­pertele is called Tus­can Pas­sion .I don’t know much about the story yet. What I know is that I will play a spoilt brat,” re­veals An­zalna ex­cit­edly.

Fel­low ac­tress Nabila Huda plays the fe­male lead, and their char­ac­ters are best friends. “My char­ac­ter stabs her in the back. I’ve read the script up to Episode 10 where my char­ac­ter de­mands to marry her char­ac­ter’s boyfriend.”

Since An­zalna be­gan act­ing in 2011, she has taken on many such roles. Her last one was for the TV drama se­ries Adam Dan Hawa. Ap­par­ently, her act­ing as a bad­die was so con­vinc­ing she was “hated by fans of Aaron Aziz who was the se­ries’ lead­ing man.”

Laugh­ing at the mem­ory, she says: “Play­ing a bad­die is fun. But nat­u­rally, as an actor, you would want to try a va­ri­ety of roles. The au­di­ence will get bored see­ing me play­ing the same char­ac­ter over and over again.”

LONG-RUN­NING

Tus­can Pas­sion marks An­zalna’s sev­enth time work­ing with Global Sta­tion. Be­sides Me­mori Cinta Su­raya, she has starred in its other pro­duc­tions — Suria Di Cor­doba, Ra­madan Ter­akhir and Ten­tang Hati.

Pre­fer­ring a su­pertele over short drama se­ries or tele­movies, she finds the lat­ter to be more ex­haust­ing.

“With a drama, you have to rush in or­der to com­plete film­ing in time for the pre­miere date. But with a su­pertele, you have more space to breathe and work on per­fect­ing your act­ing. Your char­ac­ter has more op­por­tu­ni­tiestogrow­too.”

Work­ing on long pro­duc­tions also pro­vides fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity.

An­zalna’s younger sis­ter Afi­fah is also an ac­tress. When An­zalna has to de­cline an act­ing of­fer due to a clash in her sched­ule, she would sug­gest her sis­ter for the pro­duc­tion.

Afi­fah, who starred in last year’s drama se­ries Pen­gantinku Jatuh Dari Lan­git, has never asked her for act­ing tips. “I think she’s do­ing bet­ter than me,” says An­zalna. “I get feed­back from pro­duc­ers that she is very tal­ented.”

FAM­ILY TIME

Mar­ried life has been swell for An­zalna. “It’s been fun be­cause I feel I’m taken care of by my sig­nif­i­cant other. I’m lucky to have Hanif. I’ve known him for a long time, and it’s hard to find any fault in him. He’s too per­fect some­times.

“Life feels com­plete for me. We just got our house, and I’ve been busy dec­o­rat­ing it,” she says ex­cit­edly.

The ac­tress thinks that she can bal­ance her ca­reer and her per­sonal life by be­ing more selec­tive in her projects.

She adds that her role in Tus­can Pas­sion doesn’t take up too much of her time, al­low­ing her to also spend time with her hus­band in-be­tween film­ing.

“Hanif al­ways urges me to rest when he sees me go­ing out for work in the morn­ing and re­turn­ing late at night. He’s been ev­ery­thing but un­sup­port­ive of my ca­reer.”

BABY TALK

Ear­lier this month, An­zalna posted sev­eral pho­tos of her el­der sis­ter Diana’s adorable twins.

“Look­ing at my sis­ter tak­ing care of the girls made me won­der if I should be­come a mum my­self. It does look fun be­ing with the ba­bies, but I bet it can be tir­ing too,” she ad­mits.

Some have asked her if she’s con­cerned that she has yet to be blessed with a baby of her own. “Well, how can I feel sad when I see the twins so of­ten?” she says, smil­ing.

An­zalna, who will soon re­lease her own beauty prod­uct, says she has the per­fect re­ac­tion for anyone who asks if she’s ex­pect­flip ing yet. “I will just say ‘Not yet!’ and my hair over my shoul­der con­fi­dently,” she jokes.

“Like many mar­ried cou­ples, we would love to one day have our own brood.”

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