Nahed El Sebai: New Films, New Plans


When one of Egypt’s most popular stars comes out with exciting personal news to add to her award-winning status, we know she is having a great start to 2018. We caught up with Nahed El Sebai to get the inside story.

Nahed El SebaiTime has sped by since we last had a chance to chat just after the launch of A Day for Women. What have been standout moments for you over the past year?

Towards the end of 2017, I was working on a film called Garemet El Mobilya, and this is one of the most enjoyable moments from the past year. The film tells the story of a crime that took place in a famous downtown building, which is home to many famous people like Leila Mourad, Mohamed Fawzy and Helmi Haleem.

What can you tell us about your role?

It’s a suspense movie, so I can’t disclose much about my role, but I play one of the residents of the building.

What else can we look forward to in the coming period?

I would like to portray more characters like Heba from Heba Regl el Ghorab, because I really enjoyed playing this type of role.

Do you find yourself more attracted to dramatic or comedy roles these days?

I’m more attracted to any good role, regardless of whether it is drama or comedy. Whatever appeals to me.

We know you have important news in your personal life, congratulations from all at Cairo West Magazine on your recent engagement. When can we expect to hear wedding bells?

We haven’t set a date yet, but hopefully soon!

What do you consider to be the three most important ingredients in a happy marriage?

Trust, respect, love.

You are looking trim, fit and wonderfully vibrant. What are your well-being and fitness secrets?

I love dancing, I do pole classes and silk aerobics and hula hooping. I don’t really like the gym. When I was younger I used to practice water ballet and now I’m trying to get back into it. I don’t always feel healthy and fit, but when I’m very busy with work, exercise drops away. When people exercise daily and they stop, it makes a real difference unlike other people who gain and lose weight by controlling their diet. It makes more of a difference to me when I start or stop exercising, that determines my weight loss and gain.

Quickfire Round

Have you mastered cooking mombar?

I love eating it, but I still don’t know how to cook it! I know how to cook everything else, but mombar requires a lot of work.

Holidays planned?

I am just back from Beirut where I attended the film festival there and was awarded for Youm El Setat, so I have just got back from a holiday! I want to focus more on work now, but maybe for Easter I’ll go somewhere …

Charities you support?

There are no particular charities, but during the filming of 678, I was supporting the campaign against sexual harassment in Egypt for a while… then traffic and road initiatives as well.

What makes you happiest?

When I get recognized for the work I do, like the Beirut award for Youm El Setat.

What inspired your new look and hair color?

Nothing in particular, my hair got damaged from all the color changes so I decided to stick to one color.

Favorite perfume?

Narciso Rodriguez!

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