F**k It Friday: Yasmine Al Massri
I want people to see positive, strong, American females who are originally from the Arab world."
HI THERE. Welcome back to F**k It Friday - a weekly feature from MTV Breaks that’s all about saying a big “f**k yeah” to the most excellent people who’ve said “f**k it” (probably) and taken a leap of faith to make big things happen.
Cos it’s not about just having ideas – it’s about believing in yourself, and making them happen. AMIRIGHT?
So who’s next up in the FIF roll call of honour? Drumroll… it’s Yasmine Al Massri!
Actress Yasmine plays two different characters - Muslim twins Nimah and Raina Amin - on the American television series, Quantico.
Yasmine’s got an extremely diverse background as she was born in Lebanon and went to school in Paris. After school she taught workshops about body and movement in the Middle East, lived in California with her family and recently moved to NYC. In between she has lived and worked everywhere from Canada to the West Bank. What a flippin' jetsetter.
When it comes to her acting career, she recently talked to Allure Magazine and stressed the importance of the roles she’s playing in how the world views Arab women, saying, "In Quantico, I want people to see positive, strong, American females who are originally from the Arab world."
"I see the show as an opportunity to show two different [characters]: One of the twins, Raina, is devoted to her religious beliefs, and the other one, Nimah, is not religious at all; she is ambitious, career driven, and strong. The script allowed me to portray who they are in a way that makes people relate to them both and connect with them through their humanity and not where they come from. It is also the case of every character on the show."
Keep doing your thing Yasmine! We’re excited to see more strong and positive voices like yours in TV, film and music!
- Tyrrell Mooney