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Lisa Surihani


Becoming a mother

Article from the Sun daily by Bissme S (posted on 7th May 2015)

LISA Surihani has proven that she is an actress to be reckoned with by winning three main awards.

In 2008, she walked away with the Most Promising Actress award for her performance in I'm Not Single at the 21st Malaysian Film Festival.

Two years later, she grabbed the Best Actress award for Lagenda Budak at the 23rd Malaysian Film Festival.

She also won the Best Supporting Actress at the Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian for Ombak Rindu the same year.

In 2012, she married actor cum film director Yusry Abdul Halim and now, Lisa, 29, is pregnant with their first child.

In this exclusive interview, she answers the following questions:

Tell us about your early years in the entertainment industry?

When I was 11, a relative of mine suggested that I should try my luck as a TV commercial talent. I loved the idea because I could be earning my own money at a young age.

So I sent my resume to several advertising agencies. Interestingly, my first few jobs were appearing in telemovies.

I became a child artiste. My parents were strict in making sure that I did not miss school and that I never neglected my studies.

All my shootings had to be done during my school holidays. I only became a fulltime actress after graduating with a law degree.

My advice to every child artiste out there is never to miss school. Going to school is not just for your education and getting a paper qualification.

Going to school gives you a normal childhood. It is important for every child to have a normal childhood.

In Hollywood, we have seen many cases where child stars became messed up adults because they did not have a normal childhood.

Why did your relative suggest that you try your luck at being a TV commercial talent?

It could be because I was very bubbly, lively, chatty and always laughing. But I was not always like that.

When I was in kindergarten, I was always picked on. I was a victim of bullying.

I became an introvert and hardly opened my mouth. It is only when I went to primary school that I gained more confidence in myself.

I was not bullied during primary school.

You got married at 26. Were you afraid that marriage would hurt your career?

I never had second thoughts about marrying Yusry.

The stigma that once an actress gets married, she will no longer be popular is outdated. Today's audience are more mature.

In fact, the trend now is that fans love you more if you are married and have children. They always love a celebrity family.

You are starting a new chapter in your life as a mother soon. How are you preparing for motherhood?

I have read many books on pregnancy and motherhood. Most of them are written by Caucasians.

You cannot accept everything that they have written because we ( Asians) are a little different from them in terms of physicality and culture.

I also attended many forums on pregnancy and motherhood.

Are you still going to act after giving birth to your first child?

I am not sure what I am going to do next. But I am passionate about acting.

Before getting pregnant, I had a hectic schedule. I was shooting films back to back. I cannot continue with that kind of schedule after having a baby.

Having this baby will bring a huge change in my life.

But I know of some actresses such as Fasha Sandha who has managed to balance motherhood and their acting career.



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