In this episode of Multicultural TV Talk we are joined by actor Amr Elsheikh, who discusses his latest role -- a multi-episode arc on the Showtime series City on a Hill. He portrays Moustafa Mody, a new character in the show's third season.
Amr talks with us about his upbringing in Egypt and initial dreams of becoming a professional soccer player, a feat he nearly achieved until an untimely injury delayed the opportunity, as well as what sparked his interest in acting. And he shares that there are very few Egyptian and Arabic actors that make him feel represented. But one he does have is El Sayed Badreya, an Egyptian actor and filmmaker who has worked on Hollywood blockbusters such as Iron Man and the popular video game series Uncharted.
"Badreya made a name for himself and he’s like my mentor now," Amr says of the veteran actor. "I look up to him and ask him any questions I might have." He goes on to share that some friends back home have told him how proud they are to finally feel seen on television. "They now message me saying, 'I saw you on City on a Hill. You’re making us Arabs proud!'"
He also says that when he was younger he never imagined a career in acting. Asked what his 13-year-old self would think of his success today, Amr replies, "What are the chances of [an Egyptian boy] booking a TV show with Kevin Bacon? Slim to none! It's impossible."
But look at him now.
City on a Hill is telecast Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.
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