Interview with Mozhdah Jamalzadah
(photos via PenderPR)
1. I know you, but some people may not.
So could you please introduce yourself to the world?
"Well, my name is Mozhdah and I was born in Afghanistan, my family and I fled the war when I was 5 years old and we ended up in Canada, which I’m thankful for every day. I’m just an ordinary gal who wants equality and fairness in the world. Where I come from, Afghanistan, those 2 things are greatly lacking, especially for women, and seeing as how I’m a woman myself, this didn’t sit right with me. So I decided to dedicate my life fighting for women’s rights."
2. What was your first job in the entertainment industry?
Also, what did you do before that?
"My first job in the Entertainment industry was singing. From early on I decided to get into music and use my platform to fight against the injustice that women are constantly battling."
3. Did you study acting before getting into the industry?
"No. I did however start with smaller roles to get a bit acquainted with being on set before doing the film Red Snow."
4. If you could work with anyone you'd want,
who would that person be and why?
"I would love to work with or even just meet Amy Sherman Palladino. I’m obsessed with her work, love her style of writing, and I think she’s absolutely brilliant."
5. What does a normal day in your life looks like?
"My days can get pretty hectic. During concert tours, I’m always going from airports, to airplanes, to hotels, performing at a venue and doing it all over again. When I’m home I spend many hours in the studio, but if it were up to me, or I can say, my favourite days are those I get to spend at home with family and more importantly with my two fur babies Lucky and Simba. I also spend a lot of time walking around the Stanley park seawall, near my place of residence. Vancouver is a beautiful city and I try to take in as much of that beauty as I can."
6. Where is your favorite place to be and why?
"I have two favourite places, one is of course my house for the reasons I mentioned before, spending time with family and my kitties and my second favourite place is Harrison Hotsprings where I also spend a lot of my time in my water front condo. It’s definitely a little peace of heaven. I travel a lot, and the more I travel the more I fall in love with Vancouver and British Columbia. There’s a reason they call it beautiful British Columbia."
7. If you could, what would be the one advice
you would want to give to your younger self?
"I’ve been very fortunate in that I learned who I was and what I wanted at a very young age and I didn’t allow other people’s opinions or suggestions interfere with what I wanted. Everything that happened to me in my life made me the strong person that I am today, so I wouldn’t change any of it."
8. What is one of the best advice that you've got?
Who was the person that gave it to you?
"Oh! I can’t even narrow it down. I’ve been blessed with some of the most amazing and life changing advice. I’ve had so many, I’m thinking of writing a book and passing this advice on to others. It did me so much good throughout my life. My top advice has always come from my father. When I turned 16 he told me to never live for others and to do what I thought was right for me. He told me to never allow society and other people’s ideas and opinions to dictate how I live my life. Another really great piece of advice, I got was from a family friend who turned 60 and when I said “happy birthday”, she said she finally realized at 60 that she spent her entire life pleasing others and that she finally learned to put herself first. She said, “Don’t make the same mistake I did. Don’t wait until you’re my age” that day, those words changed my life. Again, I was still quite young."
9. What is your biggest accomplishment so far?
"I would definitely say my biggest accomplishment is the release of my book Voice of Rebellion. To have a biography written about you at my age, I think that’s an accomplishment and am quite content with that. However, I’m nowhere close to where I want to be in regards to accomplishments and success."
10. If you could book any role in the next years to come,
what would that dream role be?
"My dream role would be a detective role on my favourite show Law & Order SVU. One of the actors I really look up to and admire is Mariska Hargitay, who plays Olivia Benson on the show. I’d love to one day have a role like that."
11. Is there anything you can disclose about your new film, Red Snow?
"I can say there’s quite a bit of action and I love how my character is such a badass. I love Marie Clements for making a female role so powerful."
12. What is the best part about life on set?
"The food!!! I live for food and yet I can’t cook, so just imagine how I feel when I go to set and I can just eat and eat all day, and the food is absolutely delicious every time. I also love that you create this special bond with those you’re on set with. They become like your family. It’s a great feeling. And of course it’s just as difficult when you wrap."
13. You are also a singer, are there any new things
coming up in that area of your career?
"There are always new things going on with my music. My record company, Ethnobeast, and I are currently planning on releasing a new album."
14. In the end, is there anything you'd like to say to the people who support you?
"I’d like to say a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart. I would be nothing without their support."
Mozhdah Jamalzadah is an actress & singer, best known for her work on projects like: Red Snow, Six, The Detour, Global News at Noon BC, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Afghan Star.
Catch Mozhdah as Khatira on the movie Red Snow, starting May 15 on Apple TV.
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