Lebanon has blessed the Arab World with some of the most beautiful and talented artists in the region. This includes the multi-talented actress and singer, Dolly Shahine, who had her breakthrough role in the hit Egyptian movie Ouija in 2005, alongside Hany Salama, Menna Shalaby, Sherif Mounir, and Hend Sabry. Dolly Shahine has been away from acting for a while now, but she released her successful second album Cinderella in 2017.
We had a chitchat with the Lebanese superstar and here’s how it went.
What do you consider to be your breakthrough role?
My breakthrough roles are Ouija and Nems Bond.
When are you getting back to acting?
Whenever I find a script that I can find myself in. I can’t find myself in the roles given to me, whether in the story or the role.
Who’s your favorite Arab Designer?
My favorite is Zuhair Murad.
Who’s the actor you’d love to work with?
All the actors and actresses dream to work with Adel Emam, may God bless his life.
What inspires you to choose a script?
The story itself. If I’m not impressed by the story I won’t be interested to continue reading. If I like the script, I’ll read it again to see if my role is interesting. If it’s interesting I would do it, if now, I would talk with the movie makers to see if we can make it more interesting because I like the role.
Do you prefer acting or singing?
I love both of them. Back in the days of the black and white cinema, we had a lot of actors who sing and singers who act. And it was brilliant to have this number of multi-talented artists. Like Abdelhalim Hafez, Shadia, Souad Hosni, Sabah, and many more.
Which artists inspire you the most?
From the old generation I love Fayrooz and Warda the most. I also like and get inspired by Kazem El Saher, Fadl Shaker, Raghem Alama, and Amr Diab.
What’s your favorite travel destination?
Europe is my all time favorite, whether it’s summer or winter.
Which public figure would you like to portray in a movie?
Hend Rostom is one of the people I’d love to portray in a movie. I also like Shadia, Sabbah, Souad Hosni and many others. To be honest, I like nearly 90 percent of the artists in the Black and White era of the cinema.