‘I couldn’t land lead roles due to my body size’

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

“I AD­MIT that I lost track of my­self for a lit­tle while,” ex­pressed ac­tor Shah Jas­zle re­count­ing the phase where he ex­pe­ri­enced a sudden weight gain.

The 29-year-old artiste gained a bit of weight af­ter he and his wife, Ha­nis Husna, 21, wel­comed their first­born, Alana Jas­neen, into the world in 2015.

When he ap­peared in Astro Prima’s long-run­ning drama se­ries Lara Aishah, which aired be­gin­ning Au­gust last year, his ap­pear­ance took his fans by sur­prise.

“Prior to be­com­ing a dad, I was ac­tive in sports. But as soon as my daugh­ter was born, I stopped so that I could be home with my fam­ily. At the same time, I failed to watch my diet,” said the 2012’s Azura ac­tor whose real name is Mohd Shahrizal Jas­zle Jas­min.

“It also didn’t help that my wife (a model) has a huge ap­petite and loves to eat, de­spite hav­ing a slim fig­ure.

“But it was fine for her as she has a high meta­bolic rate given that she is young.

“And when I come home late at night from work, I would eat and im­me­di­ately go to bed. That must have con­trib­uted a lot to my ‘round’ fig­ure.”

Shah Jas­zle piled on 14kg from his orig­i­nal weight of 75kg.

Ini­tially, the weight gain did not bother him but that changed af­ter a string of meet­ings with pro­duc­ers to dis­cuss job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“They told me the harsh truth — that I needed to lose weight to get lead roles. Due to my body size at the time, the best role I could land were sup­port­ing roles.

“I con­fided in my wife the need for her to help me when I start my at­tempt at shed­ding the ex­tra weight.

“Thank­fully, I man­aged to lose about 8kg in less than a year. I’m back do­ing my ac­tiv­i­ties and I also watch what I eat, and that in­cludes the meals I eat on set too,” said a slim­mer look­ing Shah Jas­zle when met at the launch of Hypp TV’s Ramadan-Raya cam­paign at KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur re­cently.

Shah Jas­zle plays Raziq in Hyp­pTV’s orig­i­nal se­ries Mr Stalker Saya Cin­takan Awak­lah, which airs to­day at 6pm. The ro­man­tic com­edy re­volves around a love tri­an­gle be­tween Raziq, his ex-girl­friend and a new flame.

The drama se­ries, which is part of Hyp­pTV’s Ramadan-Raya cam­paign themed #tam­bahlagi, also stars Mona Allen, Pu­tra Amaris, and Nata­sya Mahyan.

The se­ries is among Hyp­pTV’s Ramadan con­tent.

For more info on the #tam­bahlagi cam­paign, visit www.tm.com.my/hyp­ptv

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