Sitting in front of the mirror getting his hair and makeup done, Fattah Amin looks calm as a millpond. Early morning interview and photoshoot, the actor and singer is a seasoned professional, with a decade worth of prominent experience. If there are any perceived nerves, they come from the anticipation of what’s to come. He recently unveiled a new single called Kiriman Agung – his first attempt at spiritual music – and at the time of this interview, is in the midst of rolling out another song or two before the year ends while preparing for his latest role in Gangil, which is scheduled to release on Viu in 2021.
As the saying goes: opportunity comes to the prepared mind – and Fattah’s strength lies in his connection to a positive outlook towards life and he is capable of utilising it to his advantage. That being said, you will never see Fattah blows his own trumpet. He is confident but not bumptious, and his self-effacement is refreshing. Although the year is fraught with social and economic uncertainty and recovery is projected to be more gradual than previously forecasted, Fattah is clearly on track in keeping the boat steady and toward the right direction. “Even though this has been a challenging year on so many levels, I feel that there are still blessings to be found if you look carefully,’’ Fattah replies when asked what he has learned during these unprecedented times.
30 rapid-fire questions with Fattah Amin starts now:
How do you start your day?
With a cup of strong black coffee.
How has fatherhood been treating you?
Challenging at first, but I’m getting better at it.
Have you considered living anywhere else besides KL?
Yes, I don’t mind living in Europe.
Singing or acting?
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
The ones I get for my acting, especially for my latest movie Miimaland.
What is the worst place you could get stuck?
That would be in the same room with someone you find annoying. [Laughs]
How do you cope with stress?
I pray, take deep breaths and remember to take one thing at a time.
What is the best advantage to being you?
My height that allows me to reach the top shelves.
What’s your favourite part of your job?
The best part of being an actor is that you get to be another person and live a different life through the characters you portray.
What do people say, when they recognise you on the street?
Are you Fattah Amin?
What is your biggest extravagance?
A house for my parents.
Who are you most generous towards?
My family and the needy.
What confuses you?
People who are indecisive.
What are you most afraid of?
Losing my family.
What was the last film you watched?
If a movie was made of your life, what genre would it be?
Action. I love action films.
How do you know you have made it in the entertainment industry?
When I don’t have to google myself on the internet anymore. [Laughs]
What is the most agonising career decision you’ve ever made?
Nothing that I can recall.
What kind of work would you do for free?
Anything involving the less fortunate, especially orphans.
What is your life-long dream?
I hope to be a good philanthropist.
How good are you at keeping secrets?
Not so bad.
Most important advice you’d give to your children?
Be a kind human being.
What is the one thing you’d change about yourself?
I wouldn’t change a thing. [Laughs]
If your manager and our November cover guy Alvin Chong were both drowning and you could only save one, who would it be?
Alvin Chong, sorry, I’d save my manager. [Laughs]
What’s your favourite exercise?
What is the superhero power you’d want to have?
I want to be Superman so I can fly everywhere I want.
What do you dream of being as a kid?
If you were given the opportunity to fly into space given today’s technology, would you take it?
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I love eating ice cream and watching cartoons.
Photography: Chintoo; Words & Fashion Direction: John Ng; Styling: Syazil Abd Rahim; Hair: Juno Ko; Grooming: Cat Yong
Read the full interview feature with Fattah Amin and see his full photoshoot with us in our latest Men’s Folio Malaysia December/January 2021 issue, now out on newsstands, bookstores and online via magzter.com.