Yasmin Said, acting as Maria on Citizen TV’s Maria drama is the lead character in the series who fell in love with posh family’s last born son – Brian Ogana, acting as Luwi Hausa.
Maria has been loved by many fans who follow the series because of empathy due to the way she is treated by some members of the family including one of the maids and Sophia, the wife to Luwi.
Biography, Education, Career and Journey to Maria Series
The idea behind Citizen Maria TV’s Series was initiated by Citizen Tv’s news anchors Rashid Abdalla and Lulu Hassan. Yasmin Said is just fresh from high school. She has a dream of pursuing Film and TV or her favorite career of being a lawyer/journalist.
She sat for her KCSE recently from Ribe Girls’ High School, Kilifi County and she is hoping to join campus next year.
While still a high scholar, she decided to try her luck and attended the auditions that were hosted by Lulu Hassan and Rashid Abdalla where she got the role of a ghetto tomboy.
Maria has never lived the life of slums, what is seen on tv is just top-level artistry, mimic and creativity. Even back at Ribe High School, she has never participated in the drama club.
Yasmin Said Age, Boyfriend, Net worth
As mentioned above, Maria is just fresh from high school and this, therefore, implies that she is still young. The lead actor is 20 years old as of the year 2020. She was born in the year 2000 in Kilifi County in a family that is in a staunch Muslim doctrine.
At the moment, she is not dating until the right time because she values Muslim doctrines. Yasmin was brought up in a normal, middle-class family even though many people view her as a celebrity.
As an upcoming actor who has started the career on the highest notch, she sees herself even further in the next couple of years.
Maria loves pets. No wonder she is seen on screens playing around with pets such as parrots and rabbits. She has also kept a good number of animals in her home.
Currently, Maria’s estimated net worth is more than 4 Million Kenyan Shillings due to the deal that she has signed with the Royal Media Services (RMS). She is also in the process of signing deals with brands for endorsements.
Yasmin Said Interview with Kenyans.co.ke
On Wednesday, December 4, the 19-year-old Yasmin Said who plays the role Maria narrated to Kenyans.co.ke what it takes portraying the character, relating with other cast members and also spoke on her dating life.
Describe yourself as both Yasmin and Maria
Yasmin is a Muslim girl, outgoing, so humble and girlish. Maria is she who you see on TV, being looked down upon as per the script. I live a normal life despite people viewing me as a celebrity. It’s a good feeling being a celebrity but that life is also scary as I am new to it and people end up giving me both good and bad pieces of advice. This, however, encourages me to live a principled life.
Do you find a connection between Maria the actor and Yasmin?
Yes, I have what it takes to play the role, but sometimes when acting and the script directs that other actors taunt or despise me, I tend to forget and I become Yasmin, ending up feeling the pinch too.
How did you land the Maria role?
I was in school at that time, at Ribe High School, Kilifi County, when I saw the auditions and I tried my luck. When I was ushered in to showcase my skills, I was given a tomboy role. Ironically, on that day, I had worn a long dress which is a norm for every Muslim lady. I did not decline the role and I gave my best. By God’s grace, I was picked as I matched the qualities Rashid Abdalla and Lulu Hassan had envisioned for the role.
Were you part of the drama club in high school?
No, I was not. Actually, I did not fancy the trips. The only time I participated in the drama club was when I recorded a voice over for them. Thanks to Lulu and Rashid, they helped me discover my talent.
Are you going to pursue a career in Film, Theatre, and TV after making a breakthrough?
I hope to join the campus next year. Right now I am torn in between pursuing Film and TV or my dream career of being a lawyer/journalist. All that depends on my schedule as it is currently quite demanding. I am always needed on set at all times as I am one of the main actors.
Who is your best actor in the drama series Maria?
I love Mr. William. He brings out and complements other characters.
Do you watch yourself on TV?
Yes, each and every time I get a chance, I watch it while at home to analyze myself, to know what I did wrong and where I need to add more input and to also uplift my morale. I also watch Swahili telenovelas to learn more as a character and to support our own films.
What’s next after Maria?
For now, I love what I am doing. At a point, I feel like I will pursue it further. I want to use this opportunity to scale heights and to have other doors open for me in the film industry. The name Maria might also stick with me as most people love it, especially the kids. They get buoyed up whenever they see me.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
If I tell you who my role model is, you will end up laughing at me. It’s Lulu Hassan. I know it’s funny because luck and fate brought us together. When in school I was in the Journalism club and I always dreamt of being like her, reading the news and changing people’s lives.
With luck and success at your feet, have you moved out of your parent’s home to live on your own?
For now, I still live with my parents. Marriage is the only thing that would make me leave home. Although we are living in a civilized world and I can move out if I want to, I still see myself as my parent’s child. I need their love and guidance too. Anyways, I save my money as I am yet to complete my studies and I know that I will need to take care of myself later.
Are you dating?
Ha! I knew that question would pop up. Kwa ground vitu ni different. The ‘Maria’ on TV is not the Yasmin I know. I am so devoted to Islam and I do not have a boyfriend. It is not a priority for me at this time.
What is the worst incident you have experienced in life?
I never had any challenges growing up. My school fee was always paid on time and my needs attended to. Maybe that one time when I was sick for 3 weeks and I went back to school to find other students had already progressed with the syllabus.
What advice would you give anyone seeking a breakthrough in life?
Let them never give up in life. God has a chance for everyone. Don’t rush things in life. Use my case as an example. No one could believe that I would land such a massive opportunity fresh out of high school.
What can you say about Lulu and Rashid?
I always appreciate them, each and every day. Their personalities speak volumes of how great they are destined for success. I would also like to thank my fellow cast members and all my fans. The love I receive from them is overwhelming.
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