Asmaa Galal Talks Overcoming Self-Doubt and Breaking Barriers—”I Don’t Like Being Limited”
After conquering the screens in Ka’eno Embareh and Nisr El Saeed, Asmaa Galal is on the crest of a wave at the moment. The Cairo-Based artist became an instagram sensation after a strong acting debut in 2018 series. She uses her platform to make a positive difference in the world, being a strong advocate for feminism.
Her cheerful demeanor was a ray of sunshine on set for her photoshoot and for her interview. When asked about her ultimate career goal, with her delicate mixture of frankness and shyness she answered, “Hollywood,” with tender dreaminess in her eyes.
During our chat, Asmaa dished on her determination to keep setting new goals for herself with each step in her career. One thing’s clear: this girl is on top of her game.
What is an event or achievement that you would say has paved your career path?
The event I would say paved my career path is my role in Nisr El Saeed when I had the chance to act alongside Mohamed Ramadan. He has such a wide fan base, and it rubbed off on me. I was able to target an audience in Egypt that I couldn’t through social media. Ever since my role on this show, I’ve noticed a huge difference in the number of people that recognize me in public; some even ask me about things that happened on the show, and they were showing me how much they related to my role on a personal level, who married a man that was so toxic for her.
Which actor would you like to work with in the future?
I honestly can’t choose just one. Yehia El Fakharany and Adel Imam are on the top of my list of course, but I believe that I benefit from everyone around me, both experienced actors and beginners.
In your line of work, you get to meet a lot of celebrities. Are there any celebrities you haven’t met but would like to?
I would love to meet Karim Abdel Aziz and Asser Yassin, especially in Resayel El Ba7r. I fell in love with his character in that movie!
How is Sarah’s personality in Ka2eno Embareh like yours?
She isn’t exactly like me, but of all the roles I’ve played, she’s the closest to me. Similarities include loving someone unconditionally, loving her work, always wanting to improve, being very honest, and her love for flowers.
Do you have any projects coming up?
Mamlaket Eblees is out on October 1st. It’s actually one of my favorite roles yet! I’m playing Ghorayeba, a modest girl living in the slums. It’s a very different look and role for me, and the show revolves around inheritance issues.
Can you tell us about the crew of Mamlaket Eblees?
The script was written by Mohamed Ameen Rady, directed by Ahmed Khaled Moussa, and produced by Tarek el Ganayni. We’ve been filming since January, and we put so much effort in it to make Rady’s vision a reality.
Tell us about the hardships you’ve been through. How did they change you?
I’ve been through a lot. I’ve been independent since freshman year in college, and now as long as I can sleep at night with no guilt on my mind, I’m fine. I don’t like someone telling me what to do; I don’t bring limited. We’re here in life to learn and experience from our pasts. When I took the decision to start acting, I didn’t know anything about the business and people told me that I was bored and just wanted to try something new, and that I don’t have what it takes to be an actress. This motivated me to work harder and become my own support system.
Who is someone that you have looked up to that helped you become the person you are now?
I don’t have an ultimate role model, but I’m grateful for the people I’ve met in my life that helped me become who I am now. I thank God for giving a chance, the directors that saw the potential in me, my friends who supported the new me, and myself for putting in all this work.
We are more than half way through the year, have you achieved any of your 2019 goals?
Honestly, I’ve only achieved about 50% of my goals. This year, I focused on managing my time properly, which was a huge goal of mine. I believe an artist should always be learning everything that has to do with art. I lost a role because I couldn’t sing, so I decided that I should learn as many talents and skills as possible. You should never stop learning!
How do you manage your time with your friends and family now that you are always on set for TV shows?
I’m on set most of the time, but I can’t take any days off because I’m a very lazy person. Whenever I’m not on set, I’m either taking acting workshops, hip-hop classes, or at the gym. I try to make time for my friends in between meetings and work, and I’m very lucky to have friends that are understanding of my busy schedule.
What are some of your favorite movies of all-time?
If I had to narrow them down, they would be: Pink Panther, The Godfather, The Intern, Allied, The Danish Girl, Mother, Leon, and The Notebook.
Outside of acting, what are you most passionate about?
I’m always keen on time. I always try to be doing something so I don’t waste my time, and I tend to blame myself if my day hasn’t been productive at the end of the day. I believe that this is our purpose; we didn’t come to this world for the sake of having fun. We’re here to explore, to learn more about ourselves, to meet new people, and to make mistakes.
What piece of advice would you give young aspiring actors and actresses that want to start acting on TV and the silver screen?
No matter how talented you are, you must work on improving by attending workshops and taking some courses before auditions. Also, learn how to sing and dance as well; it might open up roles for you!
You’ve been known to be a feminist. What do you think the primary purpose of feminism is?
Feminism has become more of a political movement nowadays, aimed at changing the way society sees women.
How would you define feminism?
People define feminism as equality between the sexes, i.e. women being treated equally as men. My definition is more internal than that. I want women to stop seeing themselves as the weaker gender. I want them to truly believe that they can do anything men can, and that they do not need a male’s support to be successful. To me, being a feminist is being a strong, independent, responsible, and proud woman.