Every generation has a handful of actors who aren’t just good-looking but are great at their craft too. Beautiful and extremely endowed, Sonya Hussain definitely belongs to this category. From playing a sensible mature girl in Dareecha to giving it her all in the deeply troubled character of Zeeniya from Teesri Manzil, Sonya has proved in her brief career span that she can take on any role and continue to keep audiences captivated. Consistently delivering stellar performances in Dareecha, Main Hari Piya, Mere Harjai, Teesri Manzil and Shehryar Shehzadi, Sonya Hussain is rising as the next TV sensation.
Tells us about your background, and how you came into showbiz?
“I come from a very close-knitted family. Being the eldest of four siblings, I am particularly more attached to my father than my mother. He is the one who has always supported me through every big or small decision of my life. Be it my decision to become a doctor or to join showbiz – Abbu has always cheered me on. That’s why he is my biggest inspiration and his approval is very important for me in every matter.” Sonya is a girl who did not want to be in showbiz rather she wanted to be a news anchor. “I never dreamed that I would end up becoming an actress one day. What I really wanted to be was – a news anchor! I went through many auditions as well but unfortunately it didn’t work out. After a few years, I went to audition for a sports show on a local channel and there I met Ali Saeed, who offered me a role of a young girl in his project, Don’t Jealous. I eventually accepted the offer. So, that is how it all started and gradually offers started pouring in.” Upon inquiring whether she is satisfied with the feedback Main Hari Piya received, she said, “Well… Main Hari Piya was a soap and as compared to serials, soaps usually don’t get great ratings. I did Dareecha as well which was also a soap but it was a hit. So, I guess eventually it all comes down to what the audience wants to see. However, I do believe Main Hari Piya has its share of loyal followers. Wherever I go, people come to me and say ‘You are Pareesa from Main Hari Piya’, so it feels great when people recognise me and appreciate my work.”
On Love, Life & More
Love or money? Both!
What is an ideal relationship for you? For me an ideal relationship is when two people understand each other’s feelings and are
concerned for each other.
One romantic thing your fiancé did for you… When he proposed to me on a live morning show. I think that was really romantic.
My most prized possession is… I am possessive about everything that belongs to me.
My latest purchase was… a pair of shoes!
In my downtime, I love to… work out and watch movies.
My biggest indulgence is… when someone calls me up and compliments me, it makes my day! (Laughs)
I am highly inspired by… Benazir Bhutto. She has always inspired me and when I was growing up I thought that I would follow in her footsteps and venture in politics. May be one day I will!
If given a chance to choose, who would you want to be locked in a room with and why? Oh… I wouldn’t like to be locked with anyone! I would prefer to stay alone. It would be unbearable to put up with “anyone” in a locked room for too long
On Beauty & Fashion
What’s your go-to outfit? I like long and flowy gowns.
What’s your beauty secret? Trust me there is no secret as such. (Laughs)
According to you the best style icon of TV is… There are so many. It’s impossible to name any one person.
How would you define beauty? Beauty is innocence.
What’s the one piece that really pulled at your purse strings? I don’t exactly remember right now.
What do you buy in bulk? Oh… everything! I love to shop. (Laughs)
A piece that holds great sentimental value which you would never part with is… my wristwatch! It’s very precious for me.