Zubab Rana made her dubut as an actress in the television series Naseebon Jali for which she was nominated as the Best Soap Actress at the Hum Awards. Since then there has been no looking back for the talented actress. She is best known for her role as an antagonist in the television series Mere Khudaya, for which she was nominated as the Best Emerging Talent at the Lux Style Awards.
OK! Pakistan talks to Zubab Rana about her role as Aleena, her inspirations, showbiz and more…
How would you define yourself as an individual?
ZUBAB RANA: I am an emotional person, but at the same time I am really strong headed and confident. I don’t let my emotions get the best of me, but I think it is a strong part of my personality.
At what point in your life, did you realise that you were destined to be an actor?
ZR: I never really wanted to be an actor, but once I started, I wanted my dramas to have some kind of a message. I want to work on dramas that are close to reality, so that my audience has the chance to relate to it, and I have the chance to put something positive out there through my work.
Who is your inspiration?
ZR: Every person who works really hard is my inspiration.
Describe a typical day in your life?
ZR: Shoots, if not, then I do things, which I haven’t tried.
The role of an antagonist, Aleena in the drama serial Mere Khudaya, had a lot of shades. Can you tell us a bit about that? How did you decide on playing the role?
ZR: Aleena’s character from Mere Khudaya is still remembered, and you can say that people started hating me as Aleena, which was a good thing for me as an actress. I got positive reviews for this character, but when I initially got this role I was confused about whether or not I should do it because the character is so unlike me. The script was amazing and that’s why I couldn’t stop myself from playing this role.
From the few roles you have played so far, which has been the one which has impacted you the most – in a positive or a negative way?
ZR: I’ve always wanted to challenge myself with the characters I play so when I took on Aleena’s role, even though it was really tricky, I went ahead with it because it highlighted an important social issue. So, this role really impacted me, because being in that kind of a story, I could really understand what girls must go through.
You were nominated in the category of Best Emerging Talent at the Lux Style Awards 2019. How did that make you feel?
ZR: It felt great, but I think there are a lot more things that I need to achieve.
When a script comes your way, what gives you the feeling that this might just work?
ZR: I always make sure to give my best, because I am really passionate about my work. Whenever any character is given to me, I put my heart and soul into it. I try to pick roles that would leave some kind of an impact on the audience, because it is important to give out a social message.
How do you prepare for your characters? Is there a certain philosophy that you always follow to get into the feel of a role?
ZR: You just need to mould yourself in tune with the character, whether it’s negative or positive.
Any role you would want to do that hasn’t come your way?
ZR: I want to do a life-changing character; something that would leave an impact on the audience.
Likes and dislikes about showbiz?
ZR: I think all this depends on yourself, and how you treat showbiz.
How do you maintain a perfect balance between your work and family life?
ZR: I always make sure to give proper time to my family.
Any plans to venture into movies?
ZR: If a good script comes my way, you guys would soon see me on the big screen.
What’s your fitness regime?
ZR: I eat healthy, I drink a lot of water, and I work out.
Favourite holiday destination?
ZR: Bali and Maldives.
Beach or the mountains?
ZR: I like both; it depends on my mood.
ZR: I am not really a foodie.
Modelling or Acting?
A fun fact about you that people are not aware of?
ZR: I am a fun person to be around, if you are my friend you’d know this.
Facebook or Instagram?
Day or night?
Last movie watched?
ZR: The Fault In Our Stars.
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