Saeeda Imtiaz has come into the limelight with her recent movie, Wajood, though she has bigger and some selfless goals in life which centre around doing social work. We speak to this versatile personality about her life, aspirations and being inspired by Mother Teresa.
How was life growing up? Give us an insight on your background.
I was born in Abu Dhabi and was raised in Long Island, New York. I got my degree in Psychology and minored in Sociology. I always wanted to be an actress and a social worker at the same time. Luckily, I am pursuing them both at the moment, and I feel extremely blessed.
What were your aspirations, and how did you end up in acting/modeling?
I always wanted to be an actress, so I did a photo shoot through a family friend’s reference. I was lucky as I instantly got an offer for my first film, Kaptaan, where they needed someone who could play a foreigner’s character as Jemima Khan. This is how my journey began.
So, how would you like to be known; SA the model or SA the actress?
I guess both, and as a social worker too, since I have lots of things in the pipeline related to it.
How did you dress as a teenager?
I was always decked out. I used to wear short skirts to pants to sneakers to long dresses. I loved makeup, shoes, bags and dressing up as most young women do.
Tell us about your experience working in Kaptaan and Wajood?
Kaptaan is a totally different genre as it is based on Imran Khan’s life, whereas Wajood is a lot more entertaining as it has dancing, comedy, drama, action etc. Overall, it is an entertaining package. We can’t compare the two films as I loved working in both. Working with Javaid sir’s team was a dream come true. I respect him a lot, not just because he is a living legend, but because he is a gem of a soul and too sweet of a person. I learned a lot from him.
An experience or event that changed your life?
Living in Pakistan itself has changed me as a person. I feel for the poor people. I believe in spreading peace and love with no jealousy. Empathy and humanity is of paramount importance to me.
What is next in the pipeline for Saeeda Imtiaz?
Time will tell.
What is your life’s biggest aspiration?
I have always admired Mother Teresa. Also, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto is a big inspiration.
How would you best describe yourself?
Kind soul but rude when I am fooled.
One lesson in life you have learned through a tough experience.
Be kind to poor people, not just the rich folks. We all are one, we are all human, and we are all equal.
How do you maintain looking physically perfect? What are your healthy habits?
I try to eat healthy. I exercise at home, meditate and pamper myself by getting massages as well.
What is a typical day for you like?
Relax at home and watch movies. Order food that I crave for as I am a foodie .
Do you have a favourite fashion label?
No, I wear them all.
What’s your favourite thing in your closet right now?
My mother’s outfits that I am really possessive about.
What’s the best advice you’ve received?
Be in love with your profession and not people within the same profession.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Waiting unnecessarily which is a waste of time.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?
What is your favourite thing to do on a Saturday night?
Your motto to live by?
To see a smile on my mom’s face for the rest of my life.
What do you enjoy eating for: (Please fill below)
First thing upon waking: breakfast depends day to day
Morning, Lunch, Dinner (and even snacks): My cook makes different items every day. I try having a healthy diet which includes fish, rich veggies and potatoes as I like them
Snacks or sweets: snacks
Favorite drink: salty lassi