Actress Carla Boutros has a charisma that attracts the viewer in any role she plays, leaving him feeling that he wants more of her looks. Recently, Boutros was preoccupied with politics, as she ran as an independent candidate to enter the Lebanese Parliament. Her most recent dramatic participation was in the series “Bride of Beirut” in its second season, after which she was absent from the small screen. We ask her about the reasons that contributed to this dimension, and she responds in an interview with “Al-Sharq al-Awsat”: “Far (the bride of Beirut) I decided to devote myself to my small family and my daughters, especially since the pandemic was at its height. I was afraid of (Covid 19) and decided to protect myself with my children and isolate at home. On the other hand, I did not receive the dramatic offer that motivates me to break this isolation.”
What about the “Bride of Beirut”? Were you able to quickly catch up with the campy atmosphere between the work team, given that it was a long experience that brought them together? “I loved the (Bride of Beirut) experience a lot, and quickly integrated with everyone. They are colleagues that I highly appreciate, and I also love this type of mixed and long work, just like the series (The Brothers). The latter was an experience that I enjoyed a lot, and the process of coloring it with different Arab nationalities was based on a realistic basis. Here the writer’s intelligence plays its role, either these mixtures succeed or fail the work.
Boutros points out that she colored her character in “The Bride of Beirut” from her own thoughts, just as she did in the series “The Brothers”. She comments: “I like to add a touch to the role that I play on my own, so that it becomes more real; Especially if it resembles the reality I live in.”
But today you are choosing your roles carefully, your looks have decreased, so what are you afraid of? Boutros responds in the context of her speech: “I have this fear of slipping into a place I do not like, i.e. repetition or not introducing something new in my career. Even in my personal life, I am afraid of this, as I would rather beware of taking an incomplete step. In the drama, I do not like to disappoint the viewer, and I hope to remain able to do so, because we live off our profession, which sometimes forces us to accept an offer that may not fit our aspirations as actors.”
Currently, in light of the massive dramatic productions that the scene is witnessing and shown on the platforms, Carla remains far from her, so where is she from this dramatic surge? She says: “This boom happened while I was in the midst of my political career. As you know, I ran for Parliament as an independent, which required me to devote a long time. I also did not find the show that suits my age, as I love the rich and long drama that brings together a group of Arab actors under its roof.
I feel that it gives me the challenge energy, and motivates me to present a distinguished performance, especially since it is not limited to scenes from one country. Sometimes there are life circumstances that control us and put us before difficult choices. I chose to stick with my daughters and stay by their side in this difficult phase, economically and otherwise, which we are still living through. So I moved away a little bit from the scene, because my family is above all things for me.”
Boutros said that she enjoyed the political experience she had (Asharq Al-Awsat).
Many actors say that their absence from the scene for a long time blinds them to the spotlight because it is an ungrateful profession, people forget them. Is Carla Boutros not afraid that the producers will forget her? “I don’t think the producers can forget me; Especially since I am in constant contact with them. But the shows are not appropriate, and I never want to go back in my career, and I always aspire to change so that the viewer does not get bored. Here I must turn to the writers, especially the women I love to deal with. To all of them, I say, today, middle-aged women should be devoted to themes. They write what we are like and address many of the problems we suffer from. This message I am addressing today, and I would like it to motivate us to write what suits our age, our feelings and our problems.
We are missing these issues, especially since the Arab world does not give them much importance.”
And about how she evaluates the prevailing dramatic tape in general, she says: “According to what I have felt, there is a noticeable interaction between scenes and drama, which we see a lot through social media. Personally, I like to highlight everything that is positive, and I do not like to belittle anyone’s effort. This mixture that we observe today in platform drama is beautiful, even if it is related to short works. The productions also shed light on the capabilities of young Lebanese directors who were needed by the dramatic scene to break the norm. I say to everyone (Bravo) and congratulations to you for every success you achieve under very difficult circumstances, which we live in in Lebanon, which require great sacrifices.
Recently, Carla did not pursue dramatic works, as she was preoccupied with her political project. But she was able to watch excerpts from some of Ramadan’s works, as well as “for death”, and she says: “It was a successful work, which I also touched through social media.
It is a success that the Lebanese are proud of in a situation where most people on this planet are frustrated. The Lebanese people are mighty, and they are an example to follow under these difficult circumstances.”
Today, Carla Boutros is turning more towards humanitarian and social work.
Has this job recently attracted her to dedicate all this time to him? “This work I have been doing for a long time, but I have been waiting to put it under the light recently. I felt the need to be in his heart; Especially since I lived through the Lebanese war closely, and saw its woes with my own eyes.
The brothers were fighting and fighting, which wounded me to the core, and on the other hand, made me think about changing with the help of the younger generation. This also motivated me to enter the political arena, as we are in dire need today for women in Parliament. A woman is half of the world, if not all. She raises generations and watches over their comfort. There are many topics that go into depth, such as the widowed woman, the custodian, the teacher, and others. It is also a human being subjected to violence, which we see a lot recently, most recently in Egypt.”
What did this political experience you went through, even though it did not have a happy ending, add to you? “This experience gave me the opportunity to discover aspects that I was ignorant of, which provided me with a great patriotic experience and developed my feelings towards the homeland. I did not feel any negative aspects of this experience, but it increased my confidence in myself and made me very happy.”
Do you wish to play a dramatic role as a woman in politics? “I hope so, and I confided to one of the directors that a role of this kind, I am ready for it, because I am saturated with it on the ground, and store many feelings that I can use it dramatically. This type of role has been in my head for a long time, and I have many other ideas that I can provide for writers. Why don’t we present a drama that highlights the role of women as actors in society? Or why not address the story of an artist who lives in loneliness after she was at the heart of fame? There are many examples that can be addressed as an old politician who held the position of prime minister, and suddenly she became alone, and no one remembers her.”
And she concludes: “Write us this kind of role away from the affectionate, playful or evil mother, and we are ready for that.”