Dominating television these days, VJ-turned-actress Maya Ali has made a mark in the entertainment industry with her powerful performances and varied characters, especially those like her character in Diyar-e-Dil. She garnered immense praise from observers although she’s been around for a mere three years. The 26-year-old celebrity, who’s additionally muse is ’sed by Maria B nowadays, can be seen on billboards, on TV and she’s making a great impression.
Ali has worked with some of the most illustrious figures of the entertainment industry including Haseeb Hassan, Ahsan Khan, Osman Khalid Butt, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Sanam Saeed and Mehreen Jabbar.
Instep spoke to the Lahore-based actress to find more about what makes her tick…
Instep: Television appears to be all about pretty faces these days. How much would you think looks matter to become popular?
Maya Ali: Looks do matter but only to some extent. What I ‘ve seen around me is that just those people qualify for playing who clear the auditions. I also gave an audition before making my big break; in fact, even now when I’m offered a role, I ‘m assumed to give the audition.
Instep: What do you think about the whole social media scene these days? How do you deal with it?
MA: Where social media has made it easier to find out about each and everything that’s happening around, it has also given way to more complications for us. Social media is invading our privacy; questions like where we go, what we eat, whom we hang out with are no longer personal for us. We don’t have a personal life anymore; we are scared of doing anything since there is a lot of pressure on us now. I am very active on social media and consider it to be an effective tool to connect with fans, get their feedback and promote our work but when people get into unnecessary arguments (particularly the ones targeted at religion) below our posts, it spreads negativity all around.