Yassmine Othman comes from a family of multicultural artists, Moroccan Turkish Hispanic by father and French Portuguese by mother. From her paternal grandfather Abderrahman who was a musician, played the violin and clarinet in addition to being an exceptional artist through her aunt Assia a gifted actress from Tangiers to her mother Alexandrina who was a well known circus trapeze artist.
The first time she discovered that her passion for acting was when she was around 15 during her first play, The Wizard of Oz. A year later she got the main role, Anne Frank, in their theatrical version of Anne Frank’s Diary. At the time, she didn’t have much support from her parents who considered acting as a hobby and not a career so she had to put it aside to studying a “more profitable” career. Thanks to her fluency in foreign languages (English, French, Italian and Spanish) in which she is bilingual, she chose international trade career and worked in that field for many years.
The years passed, she married and when her children decided to become independent she decided that it was time to return to her passion … Performing Arts.
For a few years, she combined work with acting, until she decided to go full time with acting. So she studied in various Spanish acting schools and continues whenever she has the chance. She has participated in several short films, some corporate videos and television series.
What distinguishes her from other actresses is her age, languages and acting skills.
“I believe in myself, I believe in my talent and I believe that this is my moment!” – Yassmine Othman.
Hollywood Insider Interview with Actress Yassmine Othman
Hollywood World: What do you love about the role that you are currently playing?
Yassmine Othman: Because it allows be to be very superficial but on the other hand very human.
Hollywood World: What is the storyline about?
Yassmine Othman: It’s about this wealthy lady who loves decorating an shows her house in a TV program called “Who Lives Here” but a day later encounters a problem with a young man who says he’s going to stay at her house a few days, at first she thinks some other program is shooting her but then she realizes that he’s not from the TV so when she’s about to call the police she receives a shared message saying that a young man with autism is missing and she realizes that the young man in her house is the missing person, that’s when her attitude changes to being more comprehensive and compassionate.
Hollywood World: Who else is involved in this production, director, producer, actors?
Yassmine Othman: Production: Esfinge Productions
Director: Nadia Sellami Cureses
Camera: Noelia Leon
Sound: Andrea Solis Romero
Script: Marta Aznar
Set lighting: Victor Zahinos Pérez
Location: Àngel Mas
Actors: Carlos Dovar as Mario and Yassmine Othman as Consuelo “Chelo”
Hollywood World: What makes a good scene partner?
Yassmine Othman: A good listener, when you are just worried or carried away with your lines you lose a lot of the in between of the acting of your partner.
Hollywood World: What are your favorite projects you have been part of?
Yassmine Othman: “The Wizard Of Oz” – my first theater project when I was a kid, it made me discover the greatness of acting!
“Centro Médico” a Spanish TV docu-series where I played a possessive mother.
“Mi Casa Es Tu Casa” – my last project, a short film about autism.
Hollywood World: How much experience do you have in field?
Yassmine Othman: I’ve gone back to acting three years ago sharing it with my other job, international sales, and have been going 100% a year ago when I decided it was my time.
Hollywood World: Describe your best quality as an actor?
Yassmine Othman: Having gone back to acting at the age of 52 this has allowed me to use my life experience with my acting, it makes it a lot more easier to feel certain roles, also the fact that I am bilingual in four languages it differs me from other actresses of my age not only here in Spain but also on an international scale.
Hollywood World: What do you enjoy the most about your job?
Yassmine Othman: That I can be who ever I wish and not be judged personally, it’s FUN to be able to act roles that maybe in real life you would not only not have the courage to be but maybe even legally and morally wouldn’t be able to be or do.
Hollywood World: What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career?
Yassmine Othman: Allow my career is relatively very young, I’ve learned that directors are like your first grade teachers…they are the ones who have to lead your steps in order to understand the picture as they do.
Hollywood World: From where have you learned acting? What training do you have?
Yassmine Othman: Theater and life itself is a great teacher! I’ve studied acting for film in several Spanish acting schools, from drama to comedy and stand up comedy.
Hollywood World: What other types of movies would you be interested in filming?
Yassmine Othman: Anything really, I’m quite eclectic love almost any genres except zombies…sorry can’t stand them unless it’s a comedy.
Hollywood World: How do you see your role as an actor?
Yassmine Othman: I love it and if I were to choose again…I would be an actress.
Hollywood World: What is your secret?
Yassmine Othman: I don’t have any…because I love to share.
Hollywood World: What other hobbies do you have?
Yassmine Othman: Considering that acting for me is not a hobby but a profession, I love to listen to music, go to the theater, movies, travel, learn about other countries and their culture and most of all spend time with my family and friends…and dedicate time to my followers.
Hollywood World: Who is your role model?
Yassmine Othman: In my personal life, she was my mother a strong woman who fought till the end, as an actress Meryl Streep…I find her fascinating not only as an actress but as a woman.
Hollywood World: What makes you feel like a star?
Yassmine Othman: When I’m shooting, although I’ve always felt like one. We All are stars in our own way.
Hollywood World: Any tips about how to be a successful actor?
Yassmine Othman: Training, learning from others, working even with the new generation who are the future and most of all Always Be Humble, acting is ageless, learn languages for it will allow you to work all over the world and never forget where you started from and that like everything else in life, never take anything for granted…hard work always pays off.
Hollywood World: What do you want to be remembered for in life? What valuable lessons have you learned that helped you become the person you are today?
Yassmine Othman: Just for being myself. In my 54 years I’ve started all over from scrap three times, it has not only made me a stronger person but most important it has given me values that I have transferred to my children and am transferring to my granddaughter now…tolerance, respect, being humble, community, etc are the values that have made me who I am today.