We gaze at the stars projected on our TV screen, captivated by their existence, transcending mere abstractions to embody real individuals. In this celestial realm, Aniq Suhair emerges as a rare gem awaiting discovery. As a renowned figure, he emanates an understated confidence that enthralls, leaving us yearning for more. Yet, who truly is Aniq Suhair? The public perceives him as an introverted man, adorned with an enchanting smile, a touch of bashfulness, and an undeniable coolness. The characters he brings to life on the silver screen seem to blend seamlessly with his own persona, blurring the boundaries between reality and fiction. However, behind this enigmatic façade lies a man yearning to be truly unraveled. With each role he assumes, Aniq unveils a fresh layer of his being, solidifying his status as a star that compels us to gaze in awe. As we delve deeper into the essence of this captivating luminary, we embark on a journey to explore the profound inquiries at the core of Aniq Suhair’s saccharine enigma.
Aniq, do you think we’ll figure you out by the end of this interview?
You can try your best.
How about we start off slow with a reflection of who you are and who you were. How would you describe your authentic self, the Aniq Suhair behind the scenes?
I would say I was a very playful kid and I actually still am. People and strangers portray me as this sort of person who would rather show than tell but I always have so much to say. I do confess to being an introvert more than half of the time, only because I’m not comfortable enough. Once you get to know me, you can tell I’m so much fun, right?
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As someone who is pretty closed off, it must be hard for you to adjust with the entertainment industry that requires you to be loud to be noticed. It really isn’t an ideal career for an introvert. What are your thoughts on that?
In a way what I do now isn’t what I have planned but every coincidence that got me here really makes me feel like I’m meant to do this. Do you want me to tell you the story?
So, I was just a 20 year old hanging out with friends at mamak — the craziest things always happen at mamak right? I’m sure every Malaysian has had at least one life-changing story to tell with a side of roti canai and teh tarik. We were chit chatting and one of my friends said “Aniq, I think you can join Hero Remaja” and I replied “What is that?” because I genuinely had no idea what it was.
Wow, you’re a Malaysian who has never heard of Hero Remaja? That show pretty much birthed all the television icons Malaysia has for the past decades.
I’m not that big on entertainment — and if I wasn’t an actor today, I would be pursuing business right now in Egypt, and that was the life I planned for myself. After I did some research on Hero Remaja, I thought that it would be a pretty cool thing for me to try, and that’s simply how the rest of my acting career started.
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So, tell me a fun fact about yourself. No boring answers, please!
Okay, here’s one thing people don’t know about me. I really love sports and I’ve tried almost every single one of them. Futsal, Football, Basketball, Golf, Swimming… Name a sport and I’d probably say that I’m pretty good at it.
A sportsman indeed! I hope you get to show off your skills through your work one day. Speaking of that, is there any genre of characters that you’re interested in to try on screen?
I would love to portray a character who evokes questioning and doubt in people. It would be incredible if I could embody someone who faces physical disadvantages. I believe taking on such a challenge is something I am willing to try.
Oh that’s admirable, hearing how you speak of challenges makes you sound like you’re someone who is used to it.
I am — the entertainment is an industry that I learned you can only sustain with strength.
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Is that a harsh truth you had to learn the hard way?
Totally. People looked down on me, questioned my ability and the path I chose but one thing about me, I’ll always find a way to divert the negative energy into a way for me to do better.
We’re at the end of our interview now and I think we learned so much about you. What do you think?
[Laughs] I had an amazing time, thank you for the great talk!
Interview Asha Farisha
Photography Chee Wei
Styling Izwan Abdullah
Hair Keith Ong
Photography Assistant Max Ong
Styling Assistant Liew Hui Ying