Friday Feb 28, 2020
Azekah Daniel, a relatively young starter, has proved her mettle through her versatile performances in Pakistani dramas.
Her breakthrough role was the main character in drama serial Noor Jehan. In an interview with US, the young actor gave a sneak peek into her life.
US: Date of birth and star
AD: 1st July; Cancer
US: The best thing about being a teenager was
AD: Feeling free
US: The worst thing about being a teenager was
AD: The immaturity
US: I was always listening to
AD: Music and audio books
US: My favourite actor
AD: Tom Cruise
US: My favourite singer
US: My favourite superhero
AD: Superman, especially when Henry Cavill played the role
US: My favourite movie
AD: I had many favourite movies
US: My favourite book
AD: A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
US: My closet was full of
AD: T-shirts and jeans
US: My friends were
AD: I had one best friend throughout my school life and that was Maryan Sardar.
US: My first crush was
AD: Honestly I don’t even remember.
US: What hurt me the most was
AD: People doubting my intentions sometimes.
US: My dream was to become
AD: A doctor
US: Relations with family were
AD: Pretty good. I have a very loving and supportive family.
US: My school was
AD: Saint Michael’s Convent School
US: My favourite and least favourite subjects were
AD: History, Science and Geography were my favourite subjects. I was never good at Maths.
US: I couldn’t stand
AD: Lies and injustice
US: My favourite food
AD: Well, I love biryani
US: My favourite hangout
AD: None actually. I like spending time at home.
US: My favourite sport was
US: Things I couldn’t live without
AD: Books and of course my cell phone
US: What does success mean to you?
AD: Success to me is when I am satisfied with my work. I believe I have achieved success when I know my work has made a difference in our society.
US: Something you learned early in your career?
AD: Firstly, don’t get caught up in politics. Secondly, it’s better to keep your opinions to yourself if they’re not work-related.
US: Did you get any formal education for this career?
AD: I did not get any formal education. I learnt a lot by observing actors on set and then the internet was and still is a great help. However, we have institutes like NAPA that provide education and short courses on acting for anyone interested in the career.
US: Do you believe good looks and connections are the only things that make a star?
AD: Talent makes you a star good; looks are a plus.
US: How has social media changed things for you?
AD: I think social media has helped made me connect more with my fans and it’s great that I get constructive criticism and appreciation instantly.
US: The funniest thing or gossip you have heard about yourself
AD: That I’ve moved abroad and left the industry.
US: How do you deal with self-doubt?
AD: Self-counselling is the best way. Also, praying and meditating help.
US: Advice for aspiring actors.
Never lose hope. Things may take some time, but eventually you will get there where you want to be. Hard work never goes unnoticed.
Originally published in The News