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Mena Massoud (Egyptian Arabic: مينا مسعود‎; born September 17, 1991[1]) is a Canadian actor and singer. He is best known for starring as Aladdin in the 2019 live-action adaptation of the musical fantasy film of the same name.

Mena Massoud
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Massoud in 2019
Born (1991-09-17) September 17, 1991 (age 28)
Cairo, Egypt
Residence
NationalityCanadian, Egyptian[2]
OccupationActor
Years active2011–present
Home townMarkham, Ontario, Canada[1]

Early lifeEdit

Massoud was born in Cairo, Egypt to Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christian parents. He has two older sisters.[3] His family immigrated to Canada when he was three years old.[4] Massoud stated that his family's Christianity in the Islamically dominated Egypt pressured them to immigrate to Canada, saying that: "we're Coptic Christian. And my parents just felt like things were getting a little too dangerous when I was growing up. And they wanted to create a better life for their family. So they decided to immigrate."[5] He grew up in Markham, Ontario,[1] where he attended St. Brother André Catholic High School.[6]

CareerEdit

Massoud launched his career as a professional actor in 2011, when he appeared briefly in single episodes of the television series Nikita and Combat Hospital.[7] He also starred as Jared Malik in the 2015 series Open Heart, and Tarek Kassar in the Amazon Prime series Jack Ryan.[8]

In 2017, it was announced that Massoud had been cast in the role of Aladdin in Disney's 2019 live-action adaptation of Aladdin.[1] While talking about playing the role, he said: "I was excited to finally have an opportunity to play a character that wasn't a terrorist and didn't have a negative connotation on them. This has a very positive connotation. It's an inspiring film, an inspiring role. And I was just excited to finally have a shot at something like that."[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Massoud is vegan and is the founder of the plant-based food travel show Evolving Vegan.[9]

FilmographyEdit

Film roles
Year Title Role
2015 Let's Rap John
2017 Ordinary Days Ollie Santos
2019 Run This Town Kamal
2019 Aladdin Aladdin
2019 Strange but True Chaz
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Nikita Al Qaeda No. 2 1 episode
2011 Poser Bretten Thomason Recurring role, 6 episodes
2011 Combat Hospital Salman Zawab 1 episode
2011 The 99 Hafiz the Preserver / Dave / Saad Main voice role
2012 Cut to the Chase Jason Recurring role, 7 episodes
2012 King Malik Atassi 1 episode
2015 Open Heart Jared Malik Main role
2017 Saving Hope Justin Srinivasan 1 episode
2018 Jack Ryan Tarek Kassar Recurring role (season 1)
2019 Reprisal Ethan Hart Main role
Video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Watch Dogs 2 Various voices Voice role

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor Aladdin Nominated [10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "7 Things You Need to Know About Aladdin's Mena Massoud". E!. July 15, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  2. ^ Omar, Eslam (May 29, 2019). "Aladdin's Egyptian actor Mena Massoud under fire over interview with Israeli outlet". Ahram Online. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Mena Massoud on the making of 'Aladdin', starring opposite Will Smith", ABC News, May 24, 2019, retrieved June 25, 2019
  4. ^ "Aladdin Breakout Star Mena Massoud: 'People Who Look Like Me Struggle to Get Roles'". People. May 24, 2019. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "Mena Massoud On Being 'Aladdin'", NPR, May 26, 2019, retrieved July 1, 2019
  6. ^ "'I followed my dream': Canadian Aladdin star Mena Massoud's magic carpet ride to stardom", CBC News, May 24, 2019, retrieved June 25, 2019
  7. ^ "Who is Mena Massoud? Meet Disney's new Aladdin". Entertainment Weekly. July 15, 2017. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Mena Massoud Cast as Aladdin in Disney's Live-Action Reboot". E!. July 15, 2017. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  9. ^ "Disney's Vegan 'Aladdin' Actor Mena Massoud Launches Plant-Based Food Travel Show 'Evolving Vegan'", LIVEKINDLY, October 8, 2018, retrieved June 25, 2019
  10. ^ Moreau, Jordan (June 19, 2019). "'Avengers: Endgame,' 'Riverdale,' 'Aladdin' Top 2019 Teen Choice Award Nominations". Variety. Retrieved June 19, 2019.

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