Lebanese actress Nadine al-Rassi at one time said she would never take up singing. But when she won the LBC program "Celebrity Duet" in December last year, Nadine knew she had vocal talent.
Nadine used the $50,000 prize to buy a two-year-old a hearing aid and donated the rest to the Lebanese Red Cross Mawtani recently met Nadine in Beirut for the following interview:
Mawtani: How would you describe your experience on "Celebrity Duet"?
Nadine al-Rassi: I cannot describe the experience of "Celebrity Duet" in words. My participation in this program made a two-and-a-half-year-old child able to hear, and today she is learning to speak. That is through the money that I made at the end of the program, and I consider the contribution I made to the Lebanese Red Cross a tribute to the members of this humanitarian organization, most of whom are volunteers, working to save lives for nothing in return.
What Lebanese households have not heard of the offerings of these volunteers, starting with me? I have experienced the Red Cross with my brother George, when he was in a traffic accident, and recently with my husband Giscard, who had excruciating back pain and they took him to the hospital. I thank this program and those who run it for offering a way to contribute to this humanitarian work.
Mawtani: The public knew you only as an actress, and now the program has revealed your talent for singing.
Nadine: People know me as an actress and it was difficult to appear before them as something other than this, especially since they do not just like what I portray by way of drama, but also love my character, which I consider God's approval of me. What I did was risky but I met with success.
Mawtani: How would you describe your role in the current series "Luna"?
Nadine: It is an excellent dramatic. In "Luna", tears prevail in the story, dialogue and scenes. For the first time in my life, my tears poured forth upon reading the script before undertaking the role -- when I stood in front of veteran actors such as Khitam al-Laham and Kamal al-Helou -- and in front of the camera of director Samir Habashi. This is the first time I have received a script with this dramatic depth.
Mawtani: What else are you doing?
Nadine: I am preparing for my child Karl, whose birth is expected this May, and I am devoting more time to my home and my family. And I have some scripts I have deferred until after I give birth to my child.
Mawtani: What kind of scripts are they?
Nadine: A romantic film titled "Midnight" by writer-actress Hiam Abou Chedid. The plot unfolds within 24 hours. And in drama, I have before me two series that are still in the hands of writer Marwan Najjar. After reading them, I have not decided whether or not to undertake them. I tend not to over-think things, but rather to listen to what my inspiration tells me.
Mawtani: Are you talking about your intuition in choosing your works?
Nadine: Yes. My intuition leads me. Previously, I tried not to heed it and was not content. A person learns from his mistakes. This is me.