How does your spiritual practice and your faith keep you going so you don’t go crazy with all that, especially when you’re on the job? But the nature of our job means there’s a camera on us and everything we do. And that’s a really weird place to land. I didn’t say that to her, but it didn’t shake me. What does it feel like now? During the Khutbah, sometimes. By centering themes of forgiveness, redemption as well as discrimination and the dangers of ego. I don’t think I’ve ever done a scene in my life and not prayed real quick, even just an audition. Before that, in 2002, I told the head of casting at Fox, a black woman, “I don’t do sex scenes.” And she’s like, “You’ll never work. Ramy Youssef: We’ve talked before about the spiritual struggles you had early on in your career over doing certain things you didn’t think you should do onscreen. There was this one scene where I said, “Well, I’ll do it on one condition. What you lose with the loss of your anonymity is some of the quiet and the reflectiveness that happens when you go to the mosque for 45 minutes. Once our communities begin to see us in there really having an impact, people can’t help but be excited — and that’s no diss or anything, because again, those are people who are praying for my family, myself, and my well-being — but it changes your relationship to the space itself. I’d never done a movie before, and here I’m getting to work with one of the best directors in the world. It became really confusing for me, especially because then you see Muslims at the mosque and they’re like, “Saw you on TV last night.” Being a baby Muslim at the time, I was very literal about it as a working professional. In 2006 I was working with [David] Fincher on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. When you’ve got more space to make decisions, you probably have more of everything else, too. “The thing we really wanted to do with this character that we ended up calling Sheikh Ali is really just showing someone who just feels like a real leader of a mosque,” Youssef said of the 10-episode second season of Ramy, which dropped on the Disney-controlled streamer May 29. If Ali is the composed spiritual leader of a beautiful faith, Ramy is the extremely messy believer struggling to hold himself accountable for his destructive actions. I had an Apple note thing on my phone with Season 3 stuff, but now I’m like, ‘Dude, I’m ready in a way,’ but I also want to take like three weeks off and chill.”. Our emails are made to shine in your inbox, with something fresh every morning, afternoon, and weekend. Un plaisir pour Mahershala Ali qui se dit être un "grand fan" de la série, rapporte The Hollywood Reporter, et une aubaine pour la série qui malgré un accueil chaleureux des critiques et du public n'a pas décroché de nominations pour les Emmy Awards 2019. Nothing in and of itself is haram,” explains Ali. I converted to Islam in my third year of grad school for acting, and then suddenly I’m being offered roles to play a god or a demigod. It’s made me slower. Ramy’s father is cracking under the pressure of hiding his lay-off from everyone and becomes increasingly depressed as he realizes the. Ramy Youssef on Working with Mahershala Ali To Portray an 'Earnest' Muslim Experience The creator and star of Hulu hit series Ramy reveals how the Oscar-winner came to appear in season 2 and the challenges of bringing his life and faith to television.