As a lot as well-liked telenovela is cherished, the present has additionally change into a magnet for on-line trolls.
Lead character of the present, 20-year-old Yasmeen Saiedi , spoke to the Sunday Nation.
Earlier than Maria, many had by no means heard of you, what had been you partaking in?
I completed my highschool research in 2018. Principally, at that individual time, there wasn’t a lot I used to be doing. I landed the ‘Maria’ position in early 2019.
How did you be taught of the auditions and what prompted you to go?
I learnt that there have been auditions for a TV present by way of my circles and I believed to myself, “why cannot I’m going and provides it a shot?”. There wasn’t a lot I’d lose from making an attempt.
Did you assume you’ll make the lower?
I’d be telling a lie if I say “sure”. This was simply future. I ought to say, I actually gave it my all. I executed the position so nicely that everybody within the room bought mesmerised. It was future.
Sounds such as you’ve bought a number of confidence in your self?
I consider I do. However, on this one, I used to be actually nervous. I had by no means carried out such a factor earlier than, and wasn’t fairly positive or satisfied that I had this expertise. I joked so much about performing and drama, however not for a second Had I ever thought I used to be adequate.
Did you ever assume the present would thrust you into the limelight?
Truthfully, I did not know “Maria” was going to be as large as it’s. I used to be doing one thing to maintain me busy and maybe earn slightly coin.
How has the celebrity modified your life?
My life has modified an excellent deal. Being well-known will not be a straightforward factor, in contrast to it might appear too many. I now not run my errands with ease as earlier than, due to all the eye I get each single second I present up in a spot. I additionally misplaced a number of pals once I grew to become well-known.
Are you suggesting fame is a nasty factor?
Probably not. It has its professional and cons, however you have to discover ways to reside with it positively.
Why did you pals go away after you grew to become well-known?
I suppose many felt intimidated with my fame. Some did not understanding sufficient; that this was simply me working. I’d additionally say some had been jealous of the achievements. However individuals come and go, I made new pals.
Is Yasmeen as naïve as Maria is?
Maria is the individual you see on the screens. Yasmeen is pleasant, outgoing, sensible, eccentric and fierce.
Nonetheless being new within the recreation, would you say performing in Kenya pays nicely?
True, I have never been round lengthy sufficient. However my opinion is that the performing business has cash. With my little data, I might say that it relies upon with the manufacturing firm you’re employed with. Personally, I am grateful for the place I landed.
There was phrase that you simply bought a 23 million home?
That is False. What occurred is, I tagged my location on my photos on Instagram whereas in Karen, and the idea made was that I had purchased a home. But it surely’s hearsay, who would not need to personal a home value such a sum?
How did you land your first ambassadorial deal?
Maria made all that doable. The Supa Mojo model realised the character Maria’s portrayal of a younger, naive, ghetto woman was relatable to many and felt we must always work collectively in constructing each manufacturers.
Is it true your mom, who can be your supervisor, controls your financial institution accounts?
(Smiling) Sure, she does. Is it a nasty factor? I believe it is not.
Does this imply you are not accountable together with your funds?
That is not appropriate. I began incomes on the age of 18 and, on the time, I felt like I could not deal with such large figures on my own. I wanted some steering from somebody I belief.
Some other tasks that you’re presently concerned in?
None, in addition to “Maria”, in the intervening time.
What are your future plans when curtains fall on “Maria”?
I’ll nonetheless be within the performing business and, Insha’Allah, might be searching for extra auditions; completely different roles, simply to showcase the gem I’ve bought. I am additionally open for extra endorsement offers.