Huda El Mufti: The Jewel In The Crown
It was a day around midsummer and the heat was seeping slowly into all of our senses. Far from the bustling cities and hustling feet, the sunlight shone over the lake like a million little crystals, like stars bright in midday. In the heart of the desert, the burning wind flew strong carrying the hot golden sand beyond the horizon. With the sun coming home in the middle of the sky, the strong light made it feel like the night will never come, as if the dark will cease to exist. The heat reached its utmost intensity, but just the sight of the lake’s peacefulness soothed the fire within and without. With eyes squinting under the stark light, reality seemed to falter. And like a mirage, she appeared gracefully. She came to sights fearless and undaunted. The sun wasn’t the only one shining, but she was as bright as the star she is. You may think it’s a dream when you see her in the majestic gown, untamed, galloping in the sand. But as otherworldly as she can be, she is very much a sweet reality.
She, in all her splendor, is Huda El Mufti. She is the star who appeared so quickly and so fiercely. She is the actress that took all the limelight in a blink of an eye. It seems so effortless, but Huda has been planning for her fame far earlier than you imagined. It all started for her from studying theater and criticism, then gaining major exposure through modeling. The memory she cherishes most was when she was called for the role of Nadine in Haza El Masaa (Later Tonight) which granted her the first step into acting. After Haza El Masaa in Ramadan 2017, Huda played alongside the icon of Egyptian cinema, Yousra, in the 2018 drama Ladayna Akwal Okhra (We Have More To Say). After breaking through in the industry, Huda became all the rage and surprised us all with her game-changing role as Lina, in the top-rated show Kaeno Embareh (Seems Like Yesterday). Huda El Mufti proved herself a gifted actress and grabbed the attention of all the public when she played Lina. Coming up on the horizon for Huda this year is her first role on the big screen in the feature film Ras El Sana (New Year’s Eve) with the leading stars Mohamed Mamdouh, Shereen Reda, Eyad Nassar, and Ingy El Mokadem. Wait and see, for Huda is blossoming into a roaring success.
In the wake of Huda’s fame, we couldn’t find a brighter star to grace our summer issue’s cover. It’s also safe to say we found our holy grail in the groundbreaking Spring/Summer 2019 Dieu De La Vie collection of Shahira Lasheen. With their sun inspired state-of-the-art gowns, they added a magical touch to our cover shoot and brought the reverie to life. Shahira Lasheen was founded in 2015 by a fashion-savvy family. Soon enough, they were known for their intricate hand-embroidery and artistic details. As well as being one of the most sought-after bridal designers, Shahira Lasheen offers the highest quality haute couture and prêt-á-porter. Collection after the other, they write their legacy. Coming to the latest collection Dieu De La Vie, celestial bodies, the sun, and light, were Shahira Lasheen’s muse. Each design was meant to celebrate the woman who shines bright, guides others, and reflects strength, just like the sun. Thus, it led to the manifestation of cosmic power into the gowns that worked their charm in our shoot.
Down in Fayoum, a place that carries the soul of the ancients and the riches of thousands of years, where the barren desert meets an oasis full of life, we travel to a sublime experience. Alongside the rippling waters of the Magic Lake, Huda El Mufti showed us the meaning of ethereal beauty. From head to toe, Huda was a glistening jewel. Complemeting the majestic vibes, Huda was crowned in an elaborate piece, the Starstruck crown from Halo. As for the glowing makeup look, she was dripping in gold and beaming with light. Dressed in Shahira Lasheen’s hand-embroidered fiery toned gowns, Huda embodied power and unleashed vividness. The mystical dress that bejeweled our cover is Twilight. In a ripe orange, the dress reflects the warm colored sky just before dusk. With sun rays, a crescent moon, and a painting of twinkling skies with beads and sequins, the dress tells the story of of the sun and moon coming close in the sky between day and night. The gown’s silhouette, with the heavy pleats, mirrors the sun’s endless rays. The other gown, or shall we say work of art, is named Sunset Rendezvous, and captures the sacred meeting of the sun and moon in fierce details of crystals, beads, and sequin threads. With a lush tulle texture and a flowing silhouette, Sunset Rendezvous reflects the lightness of the sun rays, a timeless love story, and exquisite artistry. And under the heat of the burning sun, Huda El Mufti shined bright in Shahira Lasheen’s masterpieces. On the dry sands that go beyond miles, and along the oasis holding the secret of life, she runs free like the wind, bringing about soft breezes of beauty. It was poetry in motion. It was a dream come true.
On the sidelines of the dazzling shoot and behind the scenes of all the luminescence that took place, we had the chance to know our rising star Huda better. We talked about her beginnings, her life away from the cameras, and her high aspirations. Read on for the exclusive scoop with the jewel that crowned our cover, Huda El Mufti.
We know that you act and model, can you share with us other things that you enjoy that the public may not know of?
I love pole dancing! I just started to learn a few months ago and I guess I got hooked. I also enjoy anything related to art, like drawing for example. I draw and do collages sometimes. And I can’t forget to say reading is one of my favorite things to do. It’s my go-to pastime.
How do you manage being both an actress and a model?
I don’t model now. I’m just focusing on being an actress and learning new things at the moment. I’m spending my time reading and exploring more to invest in my acting career.
What first sparked your interest in acting?
It’s simple, I’m just passionate about acting. I’ve always loved watching movies from different cultures and reading about acting and film making in general. I actually don’t feel like it’s a job. To me acting is more like doing something I really love, like learning something I’m curious about.
Growing up, were you always passionate about the film industry?
Yes I’ve always been passionate about acting but I didn’t know that I will end up here to be honest. It takes a lot of time and effort to start acting. I studied theatre and criticism then when I graduated I finished a diploma in fashion. Later, I started modeling and taking acting workshops at the same time.
What do you enjoy most about acting?
I really enjoy living different characters, creating the character first in my mind, learning from the character, and watching it become real step by step. It’s like getting equipped for a new battle, with all your senses ready to learn and explore.
Is there a certain film that you’ve watched that influenced you as an actress?
Yes lots of films. But if I have to mention a specific one, it would be Girl Interrupted by James Mangold.
How do you prepare for your acting roles?
First I read the script many times, each time with a different intention. Then, I try to find or create something in common between me and the character until I create the character within and become her with all my senses and feelings. Reading a lot about the character’s intrests, learning her hobbies, and knowing the character’s needs helps me a lot.
Is there a role that you’ve done that you would consider your favorite?
Of course there is. It’s definitely Lina from Kaeno Embareh.
If there is, what makes this specific role stand out to you?
I learned a lot from Lina. I love her honesty, her clarity with herself, and her big heart. I love how she’s very strong and sensitive at the same time. The contradictions in her personality made her very real and three-dimensional.
How did this journey start for you?
My acting journey started with Haza El Masaa (This Night) when the director Tamer Mohsen picked me for Nadine’s role after the audition.
Who are you currently most inspired by in the film industry?
Most of the time I’m not inspired by people but rather I usually get inspired by things, places, and ideas. If I will mention people that inspire me, then of course the names will be: Yussef Chahine, Amed Zaki, Ihsan Abdel Qoodos, and Yussef El Sebay.
What advice would you give to young girls who look up to you and want to enter the field of acting?
My advice would be that it’s never too late to learn. I’ll encourage them to read and explore about acting, or whatever they love. They should be open for new things and experiences. But most of all, I’ll urge them to never give up on what they want.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I received was to focus on myself, to be open, and to know how and with whom to invest my time and energy with.
You have collaborated with several prestigious brands. How do you choose the brands to get associated with?
For starters, they have to be honest, useful, and helpful for people. And if it’s a fashion brand, I like to work with brands that sell luxurious and high quality products while staying simple at the same time.
What’s next for Huda El Mufti?
I have an upcoming movie, Ras El Sana, which will release this year. And currently I’m working on a new series.
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